We can do either push-pull steering or arm over arm steering (crossing your arms)!
There’s no requirement any longer to do push-pull steering in a drive test (or a handbrake start – even though we should know how to do both a handbrake start and a clutch start on a hill).
When you first start driving, generally it’s instinctive to do arm over arm steering but parents believe that you still need to do push-pull steering for your drive test and that’s what they teach you.
Unfortunately, I find many students are doing a shuffle with the steering wheel which is very dangerous, rather than the correct method of push-pull steering.
Push-Pull Steering is where both arms remain parallel to each other and move either up or down, where both hands meet at 12 o’clock or 6 o’clock on the steering wheel. While one hand grips the steering wheel, the other hand slides.
Arm Over Arm Steering is where you predominantly use the top half of the steering wheel and keep crossing your hands over each other. A lot like pulling a rope in a tug-of-war.