Everything you need to know about the steering wheel

In continuation of our series on learning a little more of what’s in our car, this week we will be talking about the steering wheel. Yes, every car has one and make sure you know where it is. If you don’t, well I think we have a different challenge on our hands.


The steering wheel allows the driver to control the direction of the vehicle by turning the front tires left or right. In most cases, your steering wheel is adjustable so make sure you position it correctly for you. Work with your supervisor or driving instructor to see what is the optimum position for you. Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, this can be manually adjusted or electronically adjusted.

There are two ways to properly hold the steering wheel, either at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock position or 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock position. I prefer my students to hold the second option because I find it more comfortable and more sturdy. Of course, the choice is ultimately up to you but please don’t drive with one hand because it is unsafe and especially on your ICBC road test.

With the fancier cars, you will have different controls on the steering wheel, including radio/volume controls, bluetooth and display controls.

As always, please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. We would be more than happy to help you.


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