"...cruise thru the mountains.." Right!
I've just got back from a little trip to the close by mountains....it was Alpine road? Palo Alto area...somewhere around 286 and 92..you probably know this Alpine road if you live here.
So...the road is very curvy...one turn after another...left-right-right-left...and so on. While driving I noticed the car seems to be very stable even if drive it through the turns pretty fast...the only reason for the fear I had was because i didn't have enough self assurance how fast I could spin the steering wheel. I remember a month ago or so someone posted the link to movie file which was shot from the camera mounted behind the driver. That guy drove the car on similar road...but probably twice as fast as I could do today
I thought there must be some kind of trick to be able to spin the steering wheel fast enough to get every turn "on time".
p.s. Because we started this topic...I would like to ask ... while making those endless turns I noticed I often push the break pedal ... I guess it is not the best thing to do while turning.. should i keep the speed constant...or accelerating?
here is the part of the article i read today before I posted this thread (originally posted on : <a href="http://www.pca.org/autox/ax_6.html" target="_blank">http://www.pca.org/autox/ax_6.html</a>
(1) Keep both hands on the steering wheel at all times, except at the start and shifting.
(2) Position your hands on the steering wheel at either the 10 and 2 o'clock positions or 9 and 3 o'clock positions on the wheel.
(3) For most of your steering inputs, you will not have to adjust your hand positions. However on some courses that have very tight turns you may want to use what we term the "Steering Shuffle" routine. This will enable you to feed the wheel from hand to hand without taking either hand off of the steering wheel. First imagine that there is a vertical line through the steering wheel at 12 and 6 o'clock. The left hand stays on the left side of the wheel and the right hand stays on the right side. To turn right, slide the right hand up to the top of the steering wheel at 12 o'clock then pull the wheel down to the 6 o'clock position, meeting the right hand with the left hand which has slid around the steering wheel to that position. To continue to turn the wheel, the left hand will now pull the wheel to the 12 o'clock position, and so on. To turn left, the left hand begins the process by starting to pull the wheel from the 12 o'clock position down the left side to the 6 o'clock position where the right hand will meet it and continue the arc to the left. Remember: you use this process to turn into a corner and to turn out of the corner, so you turn in and you turn out. Don't let the steering wheel loose in your hands when coming out of a turn then grab it when you think it is straight. You will only be playing a guessing game. Steer in, steer out. Also, most of the movement that you will do with this method will go beyond the 9 and 3 o'clock positions on the steering wheel. The more you practice this method, the easier it will work, eventually it will be an automatic process. As you exercise the procedure, you will appear to be moving the wheel slowly, but deliberately. Slow down and you will go faster!..."