1. Steering |
On a rally stage, it always aims to be on the limit, so quick steering corrections are vital. But on the road, smooth and predictable movements are the order of the day. Always keep two hands on the wheel, and if there’s a tight corner coming up, prepare your hand position in advance.
Unlike in rallying , there are no benefits to left-foot braking on the road. Road car brakes are more sensitive so you need to apply them gently and progressively – then, if you hit a low-grip surface, you’re less likely to slide. It makes the journey more comfortable for your passengers, too.
3. Changing gear
In rallying driving , it’s crucial that you choose the right gear – and this is just as important when you’re out on the road. When braking, you need to be prepared with the correct ratio so that you can accelerate away smoothly.
Kopecky says the hardest skill to learn, whether on the road or rallying, is looking ahead. During a race , this helps you to anticipate the next corner and pick the perfect line. During everyday driving, it helps you to anticipate hazards up ahead.
5. Seating position
Everyone has a slightly different preference when it comes to seating position, but the basic principle is the same for all of us. You want to have your upper back supported against the seat, not floating in mid air, and with both hands on the wheel your arms should be slightly bent, not locked out.
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