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Location: Scotland UK
Fri Dec 25, 2009 1:42 pm
In my opinion you can use only brakes when you have reached the turn with higher speed than the required speed for making a safe turn.
When you say 'reach the turn' what exactly do you mean?
Ideally we need to slow before the need to start turning the steering wheel, so braking before the turn is necessary.
When using a 'stick shift' there are various options to brake.
Brake, pause, change down, steer through the corner, foot on accelerator but NOT powering out or applying any 'gas' until after the apex, and an assurance that all is safe and clear.
There are ways to turn the wheel and 'set' it to ensure that you never 'threepennybit' around the corner (meaning several small adjustments as you corner - never good and a higher liability to loose control when you do this).
There is also a way to 'downshift' and brake called 'heel and toe'. This enables a faster method to brake and downshift simultaneously.
I'm just jumping in here, if nobody minds.
It all depends on the angle of the corner, and the passing traffic, as to how to turn it. In a normal corner in a country road is always best to brake as you approach it, sometimes drop a gear from 4th to 3rd, then when you are half way round and can see the road clear ahead, gently accelerate and when you have rounded the corner, increase your gear again.
In town driving, well it depends on the layout of the road, but I would always decrease speed, drop a gear if you have to, then accelerate again when turned. If it is a junction, you should stop, then take away in 1st, or 2nd if your car can handle it.
This was the question?? Or am I confused again?
There are many ways to manage the steering wheel of a car or truck, including palming, hand-over-hand, and shuffle steering. While no technique is perfect, shuffle steering is the most flexible and useful of the above three, and it is quite easy to master! When you switch to shuffle steering the quality of your driving will noticeably improve, and your more attentive passengers will comment about the car's smooth and uniform feel that is devoid of annoying little jerky movements while turning. In particular, note that most highway turns are arcs of constant radius, so if you select the correct steering input when you enter, no further adjustment is required until your exit.
While you should learn how to shuffle steer, TAKE IT EASY AND LEARN AT LOW SPEEDS IN SAFE PLACES. You should start at your desk and think about taking some turns and move your hands in front of you, getting used to the movements.
Note: It is common to discuss a steering wheel as a clock face. So, when one says "10 and 2," they mean that the left hand is where the hour hand points to 10 o'clock , and the right hand is where the hour hands points to 2 o'clock.
Shuffle steering is not only safe. It can also lessen the likelihood of getting soreness in your chest muscles and biceps, because itís the stronger tricep and back muscles youíre using. This is especially useful if youíre operating a car without power steering.
The best way to take turn is choosing the right lane to exit from the freeway and make sure the lane leads to the exit or else you have to drive to another exit as the cars behind you wont allow you to stop and turn.
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