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Teaching From The Track: Driving Lessons From The WRC

6 Feb , 2018  

The rally fans among you will know that the 2018 world championship kicked off in Monte Carlo last week. Drivers faced snow and ice in the dead of night to secure their places.

In the end, Sebastien Ogier took victory. Though, there’s still everything to play for as we move to Sweden on the 18th of this month for the second round.

 

 

Sadly, we’re not here to discuss the joys of rally driving. Instead, we’re going to consider a few of the lessons our favourite drivers could teach us. These are, after all, the masters of the craft.

If you were watching last Tuesday, you likely marvelled at how anyone could keep control with those conditions and speeds. Yet, the best did it with ease.

Of course, there are lessons you definitely don’t want to learn here. Hit the roads at speeds like those, and you’re sure to cause an accident. And, rest easy that the victim of such a smash would be well within their rights to contact a provider of car accident lawyersand take legal action. Heck, you’d be lucky not to kill anyone. But, speed aside, there are plenty of lessons you could learn. And, we’re going to look at some of them here.

 

Know your conditions

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Rally courses throw drivers into the most unpredictable and challenging to manoeuvre conditions. In many ways, this is what makes it all so fascinating to watch.

The pure skill on offer is insane. And, it can teach you a lot, as well. To ensure their best chance of success, a rally driver relies, in part, on their co-driver. Among their many jobs is going around the course and make a note of ice patches, heavy snowfall, and more.

You may not have a co-driver to do the job for you, but you should always check conditions before you head out. That way, you can take any care needed.

 

Rapid-fire responses

 

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A rally driver wouldn’t last long without rapid responses. This means they have to stay alert and concentrate for the duration of each ride. One moment of distraction could lead to disaster.

Rally drivers need to turn corners at the last minute and account for anything unexpected. All without dropping speed. When it comes to your driving, this could prove a valuable lesson.

You may not be driving as fast, but it’s just as important you pay close attention when out on the roads. Otherwise, you could find yourself in trouble.

 

Listen to your vehicle

 

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Rally drivers also have to know every little sign their vehicle gives them. Paying attention to their grip, and also how their vehicle reacts to each condition, is essential for success and safety.

And, this is all stuff you could do with paying attention to. One of the main lessons here is to take it slow and ease up if you feel any pressure. Even in the fast world of rally driving, taking this slow and smooth on the pedals is the best option.

 

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