Tips from drivers to better drive on the road

No question of making speed spikes at over 300 km / h on a departmental road. Nevertheless, more than one driving technique can adapt to driving on the road. For those who want to progress in their way of driving, 20 Minutes  offers a catch-up session with driving pros who gave us their driving tips.

The importance of the look

First, Renaldo Da Cunha , flight instructor and driver at the endurance championship VdeV, evokes “the look”. According to him, on circuit as on road, “it is necessary to project it as far as possible. It helps to identify abnormal behavior and anticipate. The pilot recommends respecting safety distances, since “being too close to the front car obscures the field of vision”.

Even on the track, Renaldo Da Cunha remarks that “when the young drivers arrive behind a car, they focus on it and repeat very often the same mistakes as it”. Hence the importance of the look and anticipation, better ways to manage traffic in the race as the city. If that’s not enough, “do not hesitate to hit the brakes in an emergency.”

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On circuit, ” the attack of the brake is very strong,” recalls Marc Péraldi, technical specialist and instructor at the Mans driver, the driving school of the Automobile Club of the West (ACO) , organization that organizes the 24 Hours of Le Mans . Braking with a snap at the slightest opportunity is not advisable. But “in an emergency, people are just braking louder”, which does not always prevent the accident.

An optimal trajectory

After the braking, Marc Péraldi also evokes the trajectory. “On a circuit, you have to use the entire width of the track. We stay outside until the turning point, that is to say the moment when we start to turn to reach the point of rope, that is to say the innermost point of the turn . ”

On the road, the driver remains obliged to follow the route. This does not prevent to adapt a little. For Renaldo Da Cunha, “on a winding road, you tend to stick inside and lock yourself in the bend. Going further out would broaden the field of view, “as for a turn on the track. The pilot in VdeV therefore recommends “trying to exploit the full width of the track,” being careful of course.

Drive a sports car safely

To be able to indulge your passion for motor sports and sports cars, the wisest solution is to do a circuit training course. Any holder of a driver’s license has the opportunity to conduct a closed track driving course with a qualified professional driver , present at your side to support you from start to finish and allow you to handle this vehicle survuth as an ace of the steering wheel .

In addition to having the privilege of taking the wheel of famous supercars by conducting a driving course in Ferrari for example, Porsche, Lamborghini or even Aston Martin, you will have the opportunity to achieve great speeds of peaks in function of the engines.

The most beautiful GT on the most famous circuits

The latest from the leading luxury car brands are available to conduct a driving course:

  • Ferrari 488 GTB: (produced in 2015, engine of 670 hp, maximum speed 330 km / h, 0-100km / h in 3 seconds),
  • Lamborghini Huracán: (produced in 2014, engine 610 hp, top speed 329 km / h, 0-100km / h 3.2 seconds)
  • Porsche 991 GT3 RS: (produced in 2015, engine 500 hp, max speed km / h, 0 to 100 km / h in 3.3 seconds).

It will be up to you to choose your circuit on asphalt among the most famous: Paul Ricard, Magny-Cours or Le Mans. These mythical motorsports venues have welcomed the world’s greatest racing drivers (the record holder Michael Schumacher and his 7 world titles, the Frenchman Alain Prost, who is 4 times F1 world champion and the Spanish driver Fernando Alonso, double world champion) and the most beautiful sports competitions such as the Grand Prix de France Formula 1 or the Bol d’Or and 24H Le Mans.

Vehicle and circuit defined, you will have to opt for a number of laps to learn how to handle your car. To be able to fully appreciate the sports car you have chosen and put into practice the advice of the instructor, it is still advisable to select a minimum of 5 to 6 laps .

Holders of the B license, as you will have understood, the driving course in GT remains the best solution available to you to keep your license, taste the adrenaline of speed safely and imitate the biggest car drivers .