Like many other extreme sports, auto racing has very little in common with safety. It is about setting mind-blowing goals, adrenaline, and danger. But still, race car drivers perfect their skills to keep all possible risks under control. Actually, this control is what makes auto racing a legal sport, not just reckless behaviour. And although high-performance winter or summer tyres bear the brunt of bad weather and harsh terrain, experts from online tyre shop tirendo.co.uk state that the driver’s skills and good sense are what keeps him safe on the road in the first place. So here are tips how to keep yourself extreme and safe at the same time.
Sensible behaviour in bad weather
This statement may sound boring, but even the most experienced Formula One drivers take it seriously. Racing under the rain, hitting huge puddles, and making big splashes may look spectacular, but contravenes your safety. If the driver doesn’t take the whole responsibility upon himself and realise that he is the only one in control, when an accident happens, it’s stupid to blame the bad weather.
Mind the road conditions and get proper tyres
Race car drivers must be prepared for driving through all kinds of terrain, be it a perfect track, snow, black ice, loose gravel, or mud. Choose tyres according to the current road condition and the season. All-season tyres are definitely off-limits as, in terms of auto racing, they are actually ‘no-season’ tyres.
Be as smooth as you can
When you drive on a wet road, you need to be very smooth in your actions. Wet weather doesn’t forgive hard and sharp acceleration and cornering. It leads to skidding and loss of traction control.
Look farther than just the car in front of you
Not only can the car that moves in front of you hide risks. In order to pass a slower vehicle on the track and stay safe, you need to look a couple of seconds ahead – at least 150 feet.
Remember about the seat belts
The benefit of using seat belts in auto racing is incomparable to doing so in everyday driving. Crashes that happen at high speeds often end in unbelted racers being thrown out of the car and smashed against the ground.
Sit closer to the steering wheel
The effectiveness of this method is explained by the human anatomy. A position closer to the wheel helps your arms to react much faster while controlling a slide or any other unexpected drawback. You shouldn’t, however, sit too close to the steering wheel because of the airbag. But just try moving your seat 1-2 inches closer to the wheel, and you’ll feel the difference with your arms.
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