AFTER passing the driver’s license test, many road users fall into bad habits over time.
Driving with one hand is considered one of them, but is it wrong to do so and could it result in a fine?
Can I be fined for driving with one hand on the wheel?
According to Rule 160 of the Highway Code, “Whenever possible, drive or ride with both hands on the steering wheel or handlebars.
“In this way, you retain full control of the vehicle at all times.
“You are allowed to use driver assistance systems while driving.
“Make sure you use each system according to the manufacturer’s instructions.”
Here’s a look at some of the hefty fines you can get for violating the code.
According to the government, “Many of the rules of the code are prescribed by law and by using those rules you are committing a criminal offence.
“You can be fined, penalized points on your license or banned from driving.
“In the most serious cases you can go to prison.”
The RAC says the Highway Code itself is not a legal document and the rules it describes are not official road laws.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t be fined if you’re found to have violated any of the 307 regulations.
Some of the items listed in the Code are backed by official traffic laws, which means you may be fined, prosecuted, or disqualified if you violate them.
Will I fail my driving test if I use one hand?
Many drivers will tell you that in order to pass your driving test, your driving instructor wants to see two hands on the wheel at all times.
Nobody wants to fail, and you might have to wait a month before trying again after new plans.
But surprisingly, the traditional “ten-by-two” guide to your hand position might not be as rigid as you think.
DVSA’s national standard for driving cars and light vans doesn’t always mandate two hands, it simply says drivers must “hold and control the steering wheel” and know “how to keep it safely under control.”
This is her guide:
Item 2.2.4: Drive the vehicle safely
You must be able to:
- to steer the vehicle safely and responsibly in all road and traffic conditions
- Hold and control the steering wheel to steer the vehicle accurately and safely
- Continue to drive the vehicle safely and responsibly while operating other controls
knowledge and understanding requirements
You need to know and understand:
- how to keep the steering wheel safely under control
- the effect that the vehicle’s turning radius has on the vehicle’s steering
But be warned, if you’re hoping to pass your test with flying colors, it’s important to pay close attention to your steering.
Graham O’Brien, DVSA’s Assistant Chief Driving Examiner, told The Sun: “Lack of steering control is among the top ten reasons for failing a driving test.”
How do I hold the steering wheel correctly?
A study has shown that the way you use your steering wheel says a lot about you.
Whether you feel guilty about being a “minimalist,” a “diplomat,” or some other expressive streaker, find out here.
But ultimately, it’s best to play it safe and treat the vehicle and the hazards of driving with respect.
“The correct way to steer and the best way to pass the driving test is to have both hands on the wheel to maximize safety and control,” Graham said, adding, “unless one hand is guiding one others critically from a task such as changing gears or operating the turn signal.”
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