Getting Started in Drifting on the Track: 5 Things You Should Know
Drifting is the fastest growing motorsport in the world, for two main reasons, because it is fun and how accessible it is. There’s almost nothing standing between you and using your everyday car for a quick drifting session. This is why it’s growing so quickly, everyone can start drifting almost immediately. Though, if you’re looking to do so, there are some things you should know and keep in mind.
This is the most important step. Reckless driving can lead to many serious injuries and it’s important for safety to be your top priority. When a driver is operating a vehicle recklessly, not only is he risking his own life but those around him as well. When drifting, make sure there is nothing or no one you can crash into close by. No one should have to suffer because of destructive driving.
Bring a friend
Although drifting isn’t necessarily a team sport, if you’re a beginner, it’s advisable to bring a friend. They don’t even have to have their own car, even if they’re inside yours - it can still be fun. You can both take turns with the same car or just have them along for the laughs and the moral support. Drifting is fine on your own but can be more fun with a friend.
If you’re seriously considering getting into drifting, you should start with a beginner friendly, and a cheap drift car. When you’re starting out, you don’t need the latest top-of-the-line drift car. So as long as your car is rear-wheel-drive and runs, you should be fine. Besides, you’re probably going to crash it or break it sooner or later, so it’s best you go with a cheap and a replaceable car.
Drifting can be hard on your tires, so be sure to bring extra. In particular, those rear end tires of your car. Tire choice isn’t exactly important, especially if we’re talking about a cheap drift car that will probably be replaced soon. So, you should be prioritizing quantity over quality here. During a drift, you’re basically turning too fast, which causes the rear tires to lose their grip on the road. So, be sure to bring some extra tires just in case.
Finally, if you’re driving under safe conditions and you’re not a reckless driver, try to have some fun. Don’t worry too much about modifying your drift car (at least for now), and don’t feel embarrassed about spinning out. When you’re starting out, you don’t need a lot of car upgrades and being embarrassed or nervous is natural. If you’re learning to drift, you will most likely spin, but this shouldn’t discourage you. So, if you want to get into drifting, buy a cheap and reliable car and get to work. As long as you learn from your mistakes and you’re having fun, that’s all that matters.