We've all heard that one guy on Facebook who asks What's The Best Mod For My (insert car model) and we also know there's always that person that comments: Driver Mod Bro! Well, while the driver mod can be one the best things you can possibly do, you may not know where to start. Here's how to be a better driver in 5 steps!
1. Get Comfortable with Your Car
First and foremost, the most obvious tip we can give is to just get comfortable with your car. Each car handles and responds differently so if you have the chance to hop into something like a 911 GT3 and send it around Road America, don't expect to jump back into your 2002 Honda Civic and go 90 mph around a corner. You're going to have a bad time. Take your car onto some curvy backroads, drive it in the rain, get a feel for how it responds in different situations. The more you understand your car, the better you can react, and ultimately, the faster and more confident you'll be.
2. Look Where You Want to Go
If you've been to the track before, chances are you've heard this tip before. Nevertheless, we'll say it again. Don't always pay attention to where you are, pay attention to where you want to go. This is a common tip from racecar drivers. It allows you to plan your line and makes sure you're prepared to go into the next turn. It will take practice so we highly recommend going around the track as many times as you can to get familiar with the layout before trying this technique. Take it slow and gradually get faster.
3. Practice Hard Braking
Do. Not. Do. This. On. A. Public. Road. Got it? Good. It's not uncommon for us to love to add as much power as we can because more power means you'll be faster right? Not necessarily, all that power is nice but you're going to need to slow down at some point. This is where hard braking comes in. When you're going around the track and want to get the fastest time possible, you need to know how much braking force you have that way you can set yourself up for a fast corner. Find the point where you can safely navigate the corner without using the brakes for an extended period of time. You want to brake hard and fast but don't overshoot the corner. Practice. Practice. Practice.
4. Be Smooth
Running full speed into a corner sounds like it might be the smartest move but actually, the fastest drivers are the ones that are smooth. Plowing through a corner actually will hurt your lap time and you have a much higher risk of wrecking. Be smooth using the techniques that we talked about earlier, look where you want to go, know when to brake and how you're car will handle the corner. Be as smooth as you possibly can to keep the momentum going and shave seconds off of your laps.
5. Seat Time
Last but not least, get as much seat time as possible. Nobody became a pro driver overnight. Practice as much as you can, use these techniques, adapt to your car, and you'll start to see a difference not only in your better lap times but in your confidence as well. High-performance driving is not easy, it takes a lot of time and patience to be a competitive driver. As long as you're willing to put in the time to make yourself better, you'll soon be confident enough to take on even some of the toughest tracks.