My friend from Cal State Fullerton’s Asian American Christian Fellowship, Happy, I mean Micah, Gilmore (Xanga) has been interning with Relevant Magazine ( this summer.  His latest piece is on the front page today!

In other news, on July 11, 2005, EA SPORTS’ NCAA Football 2006 (many online stores are offering free shipping such as EA SPORTS’ and – I will probably just purchase it locally though) will be released for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox game consoles.  If it’s in the game, it’s in the game!  The USC Trojans should be unstoppable in the latest iteration of this franchise as well!

Softball game update
My team got taken to the shed tonight!  We lost 13-4 or something like that.  Our offense apparently is still on the Fourth of July holiday vacation.  I went 1-for-3 with a single and run scored, groundout to the first baseman, and pop up to the shortstop.  I had a few good putouts at first base on defense.

I really don’t think it’s my place to tell people how to do things, but I feel compelled to say something right now.

That something is please don’t “scoop” when turning your automobiles.  It may be a habit you’ve naturally had for a while now.  Here’s what I mean by “scooping”:
1) You prepare to turn your automobile’s steering wheel
2) Your hand (for most people, their left) goes up to the steering wheel right underneath the uppermost portion of the rim
3) Your hand grabs the wheel
4) Your hand executes the turn

Here’s why I and other experts (of which I would not consider myself to be one) think “scooping” is a poor driving technique.   When you “scoop,” you tie up your left hand.  Most people “scoop” with only one hand on the wheel meaning the right hand probably is not on the wheel.  Let’s say you’re in the middle of executing your turn when a quick, sudden, and drastic adjustment needs to be made for whatever reason (pedestrian, vehicle backing up, etc.).  With your “scooping” hand locked onto the wheel and your other hand somewhere other than on the wheel, your range of motion is much more limited. especially to the left if your left hand is the “scooping” hand and you’re making a right turn and need to swerve to the left.  Anyone short of Gumby would not be able to do this well.

The solution?  “Shuffle” steering is the solution!  Let’s say for the same right turn, you keep your left hand in the 9 o’clock position (9 and 3 are the *real* proper hand positions, not 10 and 2 like you may have learned from the DMV handbook or elsewhere.  9 and 3 offers greater range of motion than 10 and 2 do) bring your right all the way to the 10 o’clock position, grab the wheel with the right hand and turn the steering wheel to the right while your left hand is a little open but still gently touching the steering wheel as the wheel circulates through it.  If you need more input/lock, you can simply grab the wheel for a moment with your left hand and bring your right hand back up to 12 o’clock position at the most depending on how much more turning needs to be done and start “cranking” again with your right hand.  At the same time, if you need to make a sudden and drastic adjustment to your left at any time, you’ll already be able to have two hands on the steering wheel for any situation that arises.  The “shuffle” technique is preferred by many professional race car and stunt drivers.  Help me help you all!  Please don’t scoop.  Just do the shuffle!

The Advantages of Shuffle Steering

  • Both hands stay on the wheel at all times.
  • The hands never cross over or get jammed on the wheel. (Whatever technique you’ve used, try and reposition your hands so they are close to nine o’clock and three o’clock when cornering.)
  • The driver is able to steer without leaning and losing contact with the seat back.
  • There is less flailing around of arms than in hand-over-hand so the driver retains a better sense of where the wheels are pointed. This is especially significant during skid recovery.
  • The driver retains the stability to feed the wheel back to center after a turn, rather than letting it slip through the hands.

Some additional resources:
Steering a Car or Truck
Michelin | Performance Driving – Handling the Wheel
Andy Hollis (multiple-time SCCA (Sports Car Club of American) champion) “How to” on shuffle steering

About USCTrojan4JC

God Follower, husband, father, USC Trojan alumnus, Mazda employee

2 responses to “”

  1. sup_cuz says :

    very informative. another bad thing about ‘scooping’ is a greater chance of twisting your wrist. there are also two other methods; shifty-hand and zaccone

  2. kaumama says :

    do the shuffle! sounds like a dance! thanks for the info! i’ll stop scooping…

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