Without wishing to put too fine a point on it, I am not one of life’s great shufflers. I object to the idea whole heartedly, in fact, especially in public places, in full view of the rest of the world…
I mean how much control can one retain over a vehicle if one decides to ‘shuffle’ it? (I’ve now said the word shuffle so many times inside my head that I’m beginning to lose a grasp on what it means).
What I’m talking about, of course, is the method of steering a vehicle that’s taught not just by every driving instructor in the land but also to our very own police forces – the hand-to-hand shuffle. And yet, as far I’m concerned, shuffling is the most cumbersome, plain wrong way to steer a car that there is – especially if that car that happens to have gone into a slide for some reason.
And so why, can someone please explain to me, is this clumsy, cack-handed, counter-intuitive driving technique still taught to every new driver in the UK? Who says that such a flawed method of steering a car is correct? Who invented the idea in the first place? And why, pray, did any one listen actually to them – and then decide that it was a good idea?
Having spoken to various police officers over the years, I get the mixed impression that some of them know damn well that the shuffling method is silly – although honourably they tend to put up and shut up to toe the line. But there are many others I’ve met who genuinely believe it works.