Mastering basic driving skills is the first and most important step towards getting the most out of go kart racing. Here are a few basics to provide you with a solid platform for your go kart racing skills.
Sitting correctly makes a vast difference to how your kart handles, so sit back in your seat. Leaning forward or jumping around to bounce your kart will have a detrimental impact on your acceleration, so resist the temptation to do it.
Holding the wheel
Place your hands symmetrically onto the steering wheel. The highest you should hold your wheel is where the 10 and the two would be on the face of a clock, the lowest is where the nine and the three would be.
Always hold your wheel in the same position while driving, as doing otherwise can introduce additional instability to your kart when go kart racing.
Once used to your stable sitting and wheel-holding positions and your kart’s speed, explore your brake limits. Do this by braking very hard and fast when go kart racing, almost locking the rear wheels. Always start releasing the brakes before turning into corners.
Go kart racing lines
Kart drivers often find that they are turning into corners too early, so experiment a little with your go kart racing lines and try keeping your kart as wide and straight as you can and dare, before turning in.
Turning and speed
Turning slows your kart down, so keep going straight as often and as much as you can by turning in later and later.
It is not how fast you enter a corner, but how fast you exit it. Try to carry your corner-exit speed through to the beginning of the next braking zone.
Go kart racing can be extremely dangerous, especially if racing without supervision. Make sure you prevent go kart accidents and personal injuries by:
- Always racing on supervised tracks
- Not pushing yourself, or your kart, too hard
- Following track rules and instructions by supervising personnel
On your way home, remember you are back on the road and drive in a safe, considerate manner to prevent getting involved in a road traffic accident.
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Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice