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Drifting – How It’s Usable for Everyday Driving

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Car racing is considered a professional sport, and the skills and hazards associated with it prove that.  Racing, in general, requires a lot of thought and practice. While some people are adept at driving, it does not automatically mean you can race cars. Learning drifting should always be done at professional racing schools. They will not only provide the best knowledge, but they will also have access to a proper race track. Knowing how to drive is merely a basic skill with professional sports car racing. Utilizing on-track experience is still the best introduction to racing.

Drifting—The Basics

One of the most popular technical skills of professional car racing is drifting. Drifting involves utilizing the appropriate pressure on both your gas and brake pedals while maneuvering your steering wheel. This will generate a controlled slide, allowing for a well-placed swerve on particularly delicate turns.

The basic premise of drifting involves a skid, allowing your car to position its back end farther than its front when approaching a turn. This skid can be initiated in three ways: flooring the gas until a turn, yanking on the handbrake at the last second, or doing a clutch kick. Once the skid occurs, modulating both the accelerator and breaks is necessary to brake properly.

If you want to learn the basics of drifting, then utilizing a drifting track is necessary for the safest experience.

Drifting at Race Tracks

Drifting is regularly used at racetracks with tight curves and turns. Proper utilization of this skill depends a lot on timing and precision—as well as the proper maintenance of your car. Drifting won’t only burn your car’s tire rubber, but it also greatly reduces the pads of your brakes.

The greatest factor when drifting, however, lies in the driver’s ability to “feel” the curve added to the presence of mind to accurately move your wheel into a better position. Without this pinpoint accuracy and skill, drifting can go very badly—possibly ending in a really life-threatening accident for you. Be careful doing this in car racing.

How It’s Usable for Everyday Driving

At the immediate thought of it, drifting, as a skill, isn’t particularly usable on an everyday basis. Firstly, roads, in general, aren’t made with extremely tight curves that require drifting to access. Should they do so, however, the appropriate approach is to slow down a bit before the curve, allowing you to speed up during the curve itself to maintain centrifugal force.

Secondly, drifting on a regular road can put a lot of strain on your car. While performance sports cars are equipped to deal with regular drifting, a regular car isn’t as well made to withstand that kind of stress.

The real benefit of drifting, however, is the presence of mind and road feel that you obtain in order to properly drift. When your car slips or skids—whether the road is slippery due to ice, rain, or whatnot—amateur drivers won’t be able to react as quickly. Drivers with drifting experience, however, will be able to go with the flow and swerve smoothly into safety. While this won’t happen fairly often, this piece of knowledge can save your life when faced with a dire situation.


Drifting can be a life-saving skill during an unfortunate occurrence. Learning it can be scary, but with the help of proper professionals and a well-maintained race track, then learning to drift isn’t just a hopeless dream.

Looking to go car racing this weekend in Salt Lake City? Get in touch with us and see how our team at Utah Motorsports Campus can best give you the best car racing experience of your life.

Check out our previous Mirror Check Blog article here: Race Track – 5 Guidelines to Follow on Your First Day


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