Hello everybody. I'm in New York and I'm going in for my driving test tomorrow and everything's in order pretty much, except for a few questions I was hoping someone could answer.
1. At the last minute I read LINK SNIPPED which mentions at one point:
"Keep both hands on the wheel and do not cross hands. At least in New York, if you cross hands, you are bound to get penalized by the instructor. Keep both hands on the wheel and if you are driving a manual, shift and then place your hand back on the wheel. If you keep it off, you are bound to get penalized by the instructor."
Since I usually do hand-over-hand, this came as a big surprise to me. Apparently what they want is LINK SNIPPED (LINK SNIPPED)? Hand-to-hand, I guess you call it.
Does anyone know about what NY driving instructors want to see there, or if they'll penalize me for going hand-over-hand ("crossing hands")?
2. When reversing, I like to twirl a couple of fingers, one crooked and braced against each other, against the blocks (don't know what else to call them) of the Y-shaped insides the wheel. Depending on which direction I'm reversing in I'll move my hand around the wheel and push against the appropriate part of the Y-shape, rotating the wheel appropriately. This works extremely well and any other method would seem very weird to me. What will the instructor make of this? Will he insist on hand-over-hand or even hand-to-hand while reversing, or am I okay?
3. Also, while parallel parking, I tend to do the last part, the pull back left to slide into position, on a dime, as the old expression has it. Meaning that I apply full brake, rotate the wheel pretty much all the way, then slowly back up, sliding into place. Will the instructor insist on my turning left while moving, instead of on full brake?
4. Oh, and while I'm here, do they expect you to use your blinker for all 3 parts of the 3 point turn (or K turn as I've heard it called)?
Never mind. For reference, my driving instructor didn't care about how I manipulated the wheel, but he did care about a bunch of other things. Remember that a 3-point turn is done in the street not a driveway and you'll do better than I did.
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