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For all the high horsepower owners:
Do you drive with one hand on the wheel or two?
 

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I voted one hand because thats what I usually do, If im driving spirited or launching or accelerating hard ill keep both hands on the wheel, other wise one had on the wheel the other on the shifter
 

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I voted one hand because thats what I usually do, If im driving spirited or launching or accelerating hard ill keep both hands on the wheel, other wise one had on the wheel the other on the shifter
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Thats a tough question to answer. On the 1/4 mile it is only about 3 sec between shifts so there is not time to move your hand from shifter to wheel and back to shifter again. After 3ed gear and above 90 mph I have both hands on the wheel. I voted one hand because I drive mostly below 75 mph. Next month when we go to Spring Mountain it will probably be both hands on the wheel and white knuckels...:laughing:
 

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Hard to give a simple answer. I guess the best answer I could give is "it depends". Normal everyday driving it's one for me, but any spirited driving is both hands.
 

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One driving - one shifting
 

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This is my biggest pet peeve. I never ever have my hand on the shifter.... You can't steer with it!!!

3 and 9 position at all times.

You can tell if someone knows how to drive, by seeing if he holds the shifter.

I went to Pacific Raceway's road course. I had an instructor and I told him I wanted him to be very critical on my driving. We get off the track after about a half hour, and he says ''I didn't to have tell you to take your hands off the shifter" and I said "you can't steer with it."

When the car breaks loose and the steering wheel is spinning all over the place, with two hand on the wheel you know what direction the front tires are pointed.

I remember I was on a demo with a SRT-10 Viper, and the guy is holding the shifter as he is driving. He then make a left turn, he does this by flipping his hand and turning with his palm of his hand facing him. (he was turning like an old lady)

Practice not holding the shifter. It will take about three weeks to teach yourself not to do it. Muscle memory.

This is the one reason I feel confident on driving with the Traction Control and Active Handling off in the rain everyday.


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This is my biggest pet peeve. I never ever have my hand on the shifter.... You can't steer with it!!!

3 and 9 position at all times.

You can tell if someone knows how to drive, by seeing if he holds the shifter.

I went to Pacific Raceway's road course. I had an instructor and I told him I wanted him to be very critical on my driving. We get off the track after about a half hour, and he says ''I didn't to have tell you to take your hands off the shifter" and I said "you can't steer with it."

When the car breaks loose and the steering wheel is spinning all over the place, with two hand on the wheel you know what direction the front tires are pointed.

I remember I was on a demo with a SRT-10 Viper, and the guy is holding the shifter as he is driving. He then make a left turn, he does this by flipping his hand and turning with his palm of his hand facing him. (he was turning like an old lady)

Practice not holding the shifter. It will take about three weeks to teach yourself not to do it. Muscle memory.

This is the one reason I feel confident on driving with the Traction Control and Active Handling off in the rain everyday.


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I agree, on my daily commute tho im going maybe 35mph with no turns for 5 miles, its then that I have my hand on the shifter, if im in bumper to bumper traffic one hand is on the shifter the other on my forhead in dismay.
 

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This is my biggest pet peeve. I never ever have my hand on the shifter.... You can't steer with it!!!

3 and 9 position at all times.

You can tell if someone knows how to drive, by seeing if he holds the shifter.

I went to Pacific Raceway's road course. I had an instructor and I told him I wanted him to be very critical on my driving. We get off the track after about a half hour, and he says ''I didn't to have tell you to take your hands off the shifter" and I said "you can't steer with it."

When the car breaks loose and the steering wheel is spinning all over the place, with two hand on the wheel you know what direction the front tires are pointed.

I remember I was on a demo with a SRT-10 Viper, and the guy is holding the shifter as he is driving. He then make a left turn, he does this by flipping his hand and turning with his palm of his hand facing him. (he was turning like an old lady)

Practice not holding the shifter. It will take about three weeks to teach yourself not to do it. Muscle memory.

This is the one reason I feel confident on driving with the Traction Control and Active Handling off in the rain everyday.


Jr.
So are you implying that you are a better driver than everyone who voted "one hand"? When have you ever been in a situation where the car breaks loose and the wheel is ripped from your hand? It is far more important that you have your ass strapped into the drivers seat.

BTW - If you never ever have your hand on the shifter how the hell do you get out of first gear? :smack
 

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So are you implying that you are a better driver than everyone who voted "one hand"? When have you ever been in a situation where the car breaks loose and the wheel is ripped from your hand? It is far more important that you have your ass strapped into the drivers seat.
I never said it was ripped from my hand. What I meant was, when the car breaks loose and the steering wheel is going one way and the rearend is going the other. Hands in the 3 and 9 position will be able to act to the situation, rather than react by bringing your hand from the shifter to the wheel. Then finding out where the front tires are pointed. Doing all of this while the balance of the car is UPSET. Would you admit, that if the car broke loose. You would scram to get both hand on the wheel? You bet you would. Why not have both hands there in the first place?

BTW - If you never ever have your hand on the shifter how the hell do you get out of first gear?
:crazy: :WTF

I do pride myself on understanding the dynamics of driving. Understanding that balance of the car and surface contact with the tires are very important.

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2 hands when I'm not shifting.
 

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Two hands

When on the track or carving canyons I drive with 2 hands at 3 and 9, and my left foot on the dead pedal. I only move my right hand off the wheel and left foot off the dead pedal when shifting, then right back.

The instructors at Spring Mountain will tell you that if you get into trouble, the steering wheel can save you, the shifter can't.

They also teach you how to adjust your seat, steering wheel height (tilt), and how to hold the shifter when using it (to avoid missed shifts - palm down, wrist straight, and pause in neutral for a split second while down shifting). They also teach you to push against the steering wheel rather than pulling down when turning. This is less tiring and pushes you tighter into the seat rather than pulling you away from it.

On a humorous note, at a recent Level 1 class at Spring Mountain, we had in car cameras capturing what the students were doing with their eyes, hands, and feet while driving on the track. The instructors randomly picked a student video to show the class and - gottcha! This guy drove around with his hand on the shifter and foot resting on the clutch pedal. Then on the main straight, at over 100MPH, he turns completely around to mess with his personal camcorder that he mounted on the bulkhead behind the seats. And then he did it again!

Drive safely and enjoy your Corvette.
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I usually keep both hands on the wheel...except when doing the 1/8 mile "sprint" and having to shift quickly from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd gear. Sometimes when just cruising on the highway straight line and smooth roads with the cruise control set, I'll get lazy and let my right hand rest on the console.

I voted 2 hands...
 
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