How Wide Should You Sweep a White Cane (Arc Width)?

When sweeping the cane the width in which the cane is swept is very important for the efficiency of travel and safety. The goal is to consistently sweep the cane 1 or 2 inches past each shoulder every time. You can also picture a clock face where straight ahead is 12 o’clock. In this example, you want to aim for 11 o’clock and 1 o’clock when you sweep the cane left and right.

Step 1: Hold cane out in front of you using the index finger grip. The cane should be at the center of your body facing straight ahead (12 o’clock). If you need a refresher on how to hold the cane using this index finger grip click here.

Step 2: Sweep the cane left about 1”-2” (11 o’clock) past the left shoulder. Keep the cane tip resting on the ground for the entire time.

Step 3: Sweep the cane right about 1”-2” (1 o’clock) past the right shoulder. Keep the cane tip resting on the ground for the entire time.

Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you become comfortable with how wide the cane should be sweeping back and forth.

Published by Mike Mulligan

Is a Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist who provides product resources, reviews, and tutorials.

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