Why does track driving make simple instructions so hard to follow?

Staff
By Staff Writer
Feb 20, 2024 | Driving Tips | Posted in News and Notes | From the June 2016 issue | Never miss an article

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Story by Terry Thomas

Those of us who attend driver education events often hear the same mantra over and over. Instructors, those brave souls who jump into the right seat to help us become better drivers, must spend entire days repeating it through clenched teeth: “Look ahead! Be smooth!” 

Sounds simple, right? And while we can all probably agree that looking ahead …

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Comments
Trackmouse
Trackmouse Dork
7/7/16 3:13 p.m.

God cramit, I've been doing it backwards for years!

Duke
Duke MegaDork
7/7/16 4:15 p.m.

I don't know if it's the exposure, the image compression, or my monitor, but that Firehawk is showing up in a perfectly stunning shade of magenta.

KyAllroad
KyAllroad UltraDork
7/7/16 4:39 p.m.
Trackmouse wrote: God cramit, I've been doing it backwards for years!

Look smooth, be ahead?

I can't say being ahead in a race is bad.....

snailmont5oh
snailmont5oh Reader
7/7/16 5:13 p.m.
Duke wrote: I don't know if it's the exposure, the image compression, or my monitor, but that Firehawk is showing up in a perfectly *stunning* shade of magenta.

Mine too. Maybe it's got blue tinted clear?

holmesbr
holmesbr None
7/9/16 11:45 a.m.

In reply to snailmont5oh :

2 coats of oversaturation.

WildScotsRacing
WildScotsRacing HalfDork
7/9/16 3:31 p.m.
holmesbr wrote: In reply to snailmont5oh : 2 coats of oversaturation.

I was thinking it's simply a clear blue sky being reflected off the red paint...

Trackmouse
Trackmouse Dork
7/9/16 11:35 p.m.
KyAllroad wrote:
Trackmouse wrote: God cramit, I've been doing it backwards for years!
Look smooth, be ahead? I can't say being ahead in a race is bad.....

Ha, if only!

HapDL
HapDL New Reader
1/1/17 4:42 p.m.

Back in about 1988 I went to Spenard's racing school. One thing they did was assess the driving position the driver wanted to use. They told me I was sitting way too far back, forcing the big muscles in the upper arms, shoulders and back to do the work. They had me move much closer to the wheel so that my arms were significantly bent at the elbows. Now I am using the finer muscles. What a difference that made, instant improvement in smoothness and lap times. That change in seating position made more difference than anything else.

msterbeau
msterbeau Reader
9/4/23 1:20 p.m.
WildScotsRacing said:
holmesbr wrote: In reply to snailmont5oh : 2 coats of oversaturation.

I was thinking it's simply a clear blue sky being reflected off the red paint...

It's a little that, but I suspect some people have either crappy monitors or they are seriously in need of calibration. Or both. frown

Bluebayou22
Bluebayou22 New Reader
9/5/23 6:22 a.m.

Students are allowed to drive too fast.  There are many new terms to learn and apply. (track left, throttle etc).  The line: which essentially is "where to be on the track, when should you be there and what direction should your car be oriented". That is 100 data points to remember.  Then there is driving which essentially is: "what to do when I am on the correct place on the track at the correct time".  IE: what gear, brake start, turn in etc.  Thats another 200 data points to remember.  Summary:  students are driving too fast.  

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