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.