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 To: "Steve Ashcraft" , "Bill Fuhrmann" , Re: newbies "Rocky Entriken" Fri, 29 Sep 2000 12:49:28 -0500
 -----Original Message----- From: Steve Ashcraft To: Bill Fuhrmann ; Kent Rafferty ; autox@autox.team.net Date: Friday, September 29, 2000 5:26 AM Subject: Re: newbies >Could someone explain the difference between shuffle steering and hand over >hand steering. Imagine a left turn.... SHUFFLE: Right hand raises the wheel up to the 12 position, left hand takes over and brings the wheel down to 6, right hand takes over and brings the wheel up to 12, etc. HAND-OVER-HAND: Right hand raises the wheel up to and beyond 12, over to about 10, left hand crosses over and grabs the wheel about 2 and brings it around to about 7, right hand grabs the wheel about 4 and brings it back around to 10, etc. The knock on shuffle -- your wheel stops at the 12 and 6 transitions so it is a more jerky method. The fix: if you know that can happen, don't let it. Don't let the steering wheel stop as you shift hands. Practice a smooth transition. The knock on hand-over-hand -- you can get cross-handed. The fix: the loose hand always goes OVER the hand on the wheel. You make it the habit, practice a smooth transition. Proponents of either will argue mightily for it over the other. I used to shuffle steer. When I went to E.Paul Dickinson's school (first 5-time champ in the '70s) he broke me of that and got me doing hand-over-hand. I never quite bought his argument against shuffle, but it was his school and while there I was going to do it his way, and his way worked well enough it became my habit. E.Paul also taught me to "prepare" my turns. I am at 10 and 2, but that left turn is coming up so my right hand drops down to 4 o'clock before I begin turning the wheel. I now have about 180 degrees of steering-wheel turn with my right hand, rather than about 100 degrees. On many turns, it is enough there is no need for a hand-over-hand. It is just re-positioning the hands on the wheel before the turn. This works whether you shuffle or hand-over-hand. On long sweepers where I am going to be in the turn for a long time, I like to position my hands so that, in the turn, they are at 9 and 3. Or near to it. This puts them on opposite sides of the wheel on a line running through the hub, and makes for much easier control, and much easier ability to make small corrections. The two hands counterbalance each other. BTW, to the argument that a student is going to be so busy with other stuff that hand positions are just extra baggage ... this is a reason for why I tell students to practice it all on the street. Break the bad habits and make these techniques habit. At first you have to remind yourself to do it, but keep reminding yourself. Eventually you will find you are doing it as habit. Then, on course, you are concentrating on lines and things unique to the course. How you sit, hold the wheel etc., will be second nature. Besides, if you drive autox-style on the street all the time, when that bozo runs the red light in front of you, you will be better able to react to it and maybe not T-bone him (it's happened to me! I was able to turn and reduce a grinding T-bone to a mild fender dent). --Rocky
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