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When turning corners, use the hand-over-hand or grip and slide method. Do not turn the wheel with only the palm of your hand. Letting the wheel slip through your fingers could be dangerous.

Hand-over-hand steering is also useful when maneuvering in a space with limited view, such as perpendicular parking in a congested shopping center. When using hand-over-hand steering, quick movements of the hands are recommended on entry to the maneuver, with smooth slow movements when returning the wheel upon completion of the maneuver.

Hand-over-hand steering is appropriate when the speed of steering is critical, such as with skid recovery in a rear-wheel traction loss.

Hand-to-hand steering is particularly well suited for precision maneuvers, steering through curves, intersection entry and exit, and front-wheel traction loss control (skidding).

When making a slight turn, keep both hands in the same position on the wheel, making only slight finger or wrist adjustments as necessary to maintain your path of travel.

However, when moving through a turn, the hands may move up to 165 degrees (neither hand moves beyond the 6 or 12 o'clock positions).