If you want to get the runner’s high without running, try go-kart racing. This exhilarating activity will leave you with a blast of adrenaline no other outdoor activity can match. It’s why go-karting is so popular.
What began as a combination of discarded lawnmower engines and a customized steel-tubing chassis in the 1950s is now a much-loved motorsports activity worldwide. Both professional racecar drivers and amateurs love go-karting.
And the best part is, this is the most accessible form of racing. The nearest go-kart racing arena could be a perfect spot for a fun outing with friends, family, and co-workers. Anyone with little or no driving experience can hop into a go-kart and have the best time of their life.
However, you could have twice as much fun with zero risk of injury if you know a thing or two about go-karting. So, next time you put on your helmet, make sure to keep the following six things in mind.
Choose The Right Go-Kart
One of the first things you’ll need to remember is to choose the right go-kart. In a typical go-kart racing arena, you’ll find three basic types of karts, including rookie karts, super karts, and two-seater karts. These often come as electric or gas variants. Whichever one you choose, make sure it suits you.
If you are a beginner, a rookie kart would be the best place to start. They have lower speeds, which can help you master your driving skills and hand-eye coordination. Super karts are usually reserved for more experienced drivers. You don’t have to be a pro racer to drive these karts. But you do need some go-karting experience under your belt.
Two-seater karts are suitable for couples. Parents who want to introduce their kids to go-karting also prefer two-seater go-karts. It’s better to talk to the go-kart racing arena manager if you are unsure which kart to choose.
Always Wear Comfortable Clothes
Comfort is very important when you go go-karting. Avoid wearing clothes that are tight or too loose. Go-kart seating is not like a car seat. Besides, you would be sitting down for quite some time.
If you are wearing tight clothing, you would feel uncomfortable throughout your racing session. On the other hand, loose clothes can get trapped in the roll bars or even wheels when driving. It’s a huge safety risk. Chances are, most go-kart racing tracks won’t allow you to race without proper clothing. Remember, safety always comes first. So, dress accordingly.
Sit In The Go-Kart Correctly
Getting into the correct seating position is the key to safe go-kart racing. Besides, the correct seating position will allow you to maneuver the kart swiftly. In no time, you’ll be racing ahead of other drivers with this simple step.
When hopping into a go-kart, make sure:
- You can reach the pedals and brakes with your legs slightly bent.
- You can reach the steering wheel without having to lean forward.
- You grip the steering wheel in the quarter-to-three position.
Keep A Firm Grip On The Steering Wheel
Speaking of gripping the steering wheel, you should avoid moving your hands on it. Go-karts have very sensitive steering, which means your hands need to be firmly on them while driving. It’s not the same as driving a car.
Make sure to place your hands symmetrically on the steering. It could be a 10 and 2 or a 9 and 3 position. With the symmetric grip, you won’t have to move your hands while driving. That, in turn, will help you maintain your speed, maneuver the turns smoothly, and stay safe on the track.
Concentrate On Your Own Driving
For most people, especially rookies, the go-kart racing arena may seem intimidating. With seasoned drivers flying past you at lightning speed, it’s hardly a welcoming place for a rookie.
Fortunately, there is a workaround for this problem. You can and should stay focused on your driving. Don’t be bothered by who is driving past you and at what speed. Don’t worry. You will get as good as other drivers – but only if you practice.
That’s what you need to focus on – your practice!
The more you practice, the faster your driving skills will improve. And with better driving skills comes more confidence. In a few weeks, you will start owning the go-kart racing arena yourself.
Until then, take it easy.
Maintain Your Momentum
When it comes to go-karting, picking the momentum is the easy part. The hardest part is maintaining it. However, if you do it correctly, you’ll be able to race ahead of other drivers with ease.
Here’s what you should do.
- Don’t turn into corners too early.
- Hit the brakes hard at first and then release them slowly as you get closer to the corner.
- Use all of the racing track. The wider you can make each corner, the better.
- Don’t steer aggressively. Keep it as smooth as possible.
- Look ahead on the track to see how you can maneuver past other drivers.
Without a doubt, go-karting is one of the most exhilarating activities out there. Once you get the hang of it, you will want to come back for more. Thanks to these tips, your journey to becoming an excellent go-kart driver will become a lot easier. And always remember, a smooth driver is a successful driver in the go-kart racing arena.
Author Bio: Anthony Romeo is the Regional Manager of K1 Speed Canada, an indoor go karting centre with zero emissions and 100% adrenaline. He has 20 years of experience in operations and management. For more information or to request an interview, contact Anthony Romeo on firstname.lastname@example.org or on LinkedIn.