Want To Drive Like The Pros? Here Are Some Unique Driving Tips from Racecar Drivers
An unfortunate fact of life is that we cannot all be racecar drivers.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t drive like them.
The pros have mastered techniques that make them incredible drivers.
And we can use these same techniques to make our daily commute more fun.
And make us better drivers at the same time!
I’m giving you the inside scoop here.
The majority of the population doesn’t even know these tricks.
So allow me to break down the tools of the trade.
Brought to you by professional racecar drivers.
Look through the car in front of you. Not directly at it.
If you keep your eyes locked on the car in front of you, you’re more likely to do whatever that driver does.
Which can be very bad.
Like monkey-see, monkey-do. But potentially deadly.
What you should be doing is looking through the car’s windshield.
Or if there are multiple cars in front of you, look through the spaces in between them.
The farther ahead you’re looking, the more you’re able to see and react to.
It allows you to plan ahead and adjust your driving accordingly based on the environment around you, rather than based on one car.
Push your tongue to the roof of your mouth
Your tongue is essentially one big cluster of nerve endings.
Pushing your tongue to the roof of your mouth activates those nerve endings and stimulates the general area of your brain that is responsible for balance.
This stimulation makes you temporarily hypersensitive to the movements of your car.
This then allows you to make adjustments that you would not have ordinarily made.
Awareness is key, my friends.
Hands at 9 and 3.
If you were taught 10 and 2 you have to break that habit.
You just have to. It is so dangerous if you have an airbag. Quit.
9 and 3 is where it’s at.
9 and 3 is also better if you momentarily lose control and have to steady yourself again.
The second you regain control, you want the steering wheel pointed straight ahead.
With your hands at 9 and 3, all you have to do is bring your hands back to their resting position.
Brake with your left foot.
I’ll say it again: brake with your left foot.
It drastically reduces the amount of time it takes your car to slow down.
An average of 50ft earlier. Which is kind of a lot.
This probably goes without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway:
Practice this technique in a parking lot before trying it on the roads.
It’s going to take some getting used to.
One thing at a time
Have you ever attempted to do several things at once but just ended up overwhelmed and everything you tried to accomplish just got worse?
Exactly. We all have.
If you can’t do more than one thing at a time, would you expect your car to do the same?
Have you ever really thought about the causes of understeering and oversteering?
It comes from braking heavily and turning the steering wheel at the same time.
This may not seem like a big issue right now, but if the roads are slippery, this type of multitasking behavior could send you flying off the road.
Let’s not have that happen.
Abrupt commands can break traction with the road, and make for a pretty unsteady ride.
Life is already plenty unsteady. What you can control, you should take full advantage of.
And by taking advantage of these tips, you’ll be driving like a pro in no time.