High-performance driving is a bucket-list experience for car fanatics across the world. Nothing is comparable to the adrenaline rush that comes with driving a powerful supercar at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. However, this kind of high-performance driving requires a great deal of skill, precision, and confidence. Not only can it be a dangerous activity, but it requires lightning-fast reflexes and decision-making. Here are a few tips for beginners learning the art of high-performance driving:
Look Where You Want to Go
A staple in driving schools everywhere, this time-tested piece of advice is critical in high-performance driving. Often, beginners underestimate the speed at which they take corners and turns. This is simply because supercars are designed to be driven at extreme speeds, and the smooth, seamless acceleration can be misleading. Because of this, it is important to look where you want to go at all time. Your body’s natural reaction is to follow your sight, which will make it easy for you to take corners at extreme speeds, even if you are not used to it.
Use a Firm Grip
To maintain control of the vehicle at all times, it is important that one hand always has a firm grip on the steering wheel. This is even more crucial when turning, as losing control in the split-second after a turn can fling your vehicle into the side of the track if not properly controlled.
Use Proper Driving Posture
Another easy thing to maintain without proper training is high-performance driving posture. This requires you to sit with your body turned slightly to the left, giving your right foot the range of motion to seamlessly switch from the gas to the brake and your left foot easy access to the clutch. This position also lets you grip the shift with comfort and leverage when shifting gears at high speeds.
Be Prepared to Counter-Steer
Especially in rear-wheel drive supercars, you must always be prepared to counter-steer. When exiting a turn, too much speed and acceleration from the throttle can cause the tail of the vehicle to swing. Counter-steering during a fishtail helps you regain control of the vehicle and prevents a spin-out at high speeds, which can be very dangerous.
Shift Down Before Turning
Shifting down before entering a turn uses the engine to naturally slow your vehicle, making it easier to maintain control. However, the lower gear also offers allows you to accelerate with more appropriate power, so you can effectively steer the vehicle with the throttle.
Slow Down for Hazards
A simple tip, but one that can save your life in the event of an emergency while driving, is to slow down and stop at the slightest sign of danger. If anything in the vehicle feels unsteady or you think you are losing control, simply slow the car down in the smoothest way possible. You can also shift down for engine braking or use the emergency brake to slow your vehicle.
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