I guess it depends on habit, as well as design/material of the steering wheel itself. For instance, when driving my wife's car which has a different angle of the wheel - I would grip and move the wheel differently.
This may be true. I learned how to steer by watching how my parents steered. Coincidentally, when I was first paying attention to their steering, around the age of 9 or 10, they were driving the same sort of car that I'm driving now, a 1988 Toyota Camry.
The reasoning being shuffle was 'designed' before power steering due to the much heavier steering... and 'hand over' is more suitable for faster steering which obviously is better during responce calls and in general 'avoidance' situations...
I had read that in one or two articles online. But I came across countless sources that recommended the shuffle method. I've been trying the shuffle method over the weekend and here's what I discovered.
I move my hands a lot more using the shuffle method. This might be because I'm doing it improperly or this might be because my wheel may not be meant for shuffle steering.
When I was doing shuffle steering, I would drop the opposite hand to the direction that I was turning. That hand would lift up, but never closs the 12:00 position. If I needed to turn the wheel farther, I would raise my adjacent hand up and catch the wheel, bringing it down further. So for example, suppose I wanted to make a right turn, I would drop my left hand from 9 to 7 and lift up. It would make it up as high as about 11:30, and my right hand would rise up to about 2 or 1 and hold the wheel there, or bring it down if necessary.
I don't know how much it is with newer cars, but with my car, the wheel can go 540 in either direction. Useful turning happens at around 180-360 in either direction. For parallel parking, it's not unusual for me to be 360 to the right, and turn the wheel 720 to left. Using Hand-over-Hand steering, I can easily turn the steering wheel 180 with the movement of just one hand, and can get 360 easily just moving each of my hands once. That was not the case for me with shuffle steering.
It's kind of moot right now, since my car doesn't have an airbag, but I'm curious to learn of other steering techniques, especially if they're considered proper. I want to get in the habit of proper driving when I drive an airbagged car one day.
So.... Shuffle steerering people, based on my description of steering, do you have any suggestions on what I might be doing wrong?