Stop Calling Them Flappy Paddles

Name that car! Photo Credit: Ferrari
Name that car! Photo Credit: Ferrari

For years now people call those things behind the steering wheel on manumatic/dual clutch/selecto-shift/tiptastic transmission-equipped cars “flappy paddles.” This is a misnomer.

Fun fact: these paddles do not actually flap, and they are no good at paddling in anything over a Class Three rapid.

Continue calling them “flappy paddles” at your own risk.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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Stef Schrader

But I flap the paddles.

The paddles...I flap them.