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Get Racecar Driver Control of the Wheel

Many people know about the basics of safe driving practices, but not many people have heard or understand what it means to “get racecar driver control of the wheel”. This phrase refers to how racecar drivers are able to negotiate sharp turns and to avoid crashing into other cars while traveling at such high speeds. The basics behind this concept are that the racecar drivers are in control and the position of their seats and steering wheels allow them to maneuver their vehicle safely. This is a pro tip any driver can use to stay safe out on the roads, making your driving experience safer and ability to avoid crashes better.


Besides control, racecar control of the steering wheel offers another benefit: comfort. By moving your seat up and positioning the steering wheel toward you, you place less pressure on your back. You allow your wrist to rest on top of the steering wheel without overreaching, which can cause your arms to become fatigued. Keep your wrists straight, with your hands at the 9 and 3 o’clock position (see the previous tip for more on this). You may need to make adjustments from time to time to avoid placing stress on your neck and back. If you feel fatigued, take breaks. When driving, you should rest and stretch every two hours to avoid stiffness.

Proper Seating Position

Proper seating position refers to where your seat should be in relation to the steering wheel. First, adjust the steering wheel so its center is near the base of your neck. This will probably be higher than you’re used to, but this position allows drivers better control.

You can find the ideal distance from the steering wheel when you stretch out your arms and allow your forearms to touch the top. Your shoulders should be flush with the back of the seat with elbows bent at a 90-degree angle. If you keep the steering wheel too low or so far away that you have to stretch your arms, you end up using too many muscles and you will quickly experience fatigue. This will cause you to lose control in a situation where you need to quickly avoid a crash.

Your distance from the pedals is not as important. Do keep in mind, though, that while you need enough room for your legs, you don’t need too much. Your legs should not feel cramped nor overstretched.

Keep Your Distance

One of the things that racecar drivers also do to avoid fatal crashes is keep their distance. Getting too close to other vehicles can lead to serious accidents if anything were to happen to the vehicles next to them or behind them. This practice is the same for all drivers, and it can greatly reduce the chance of accidents. If you are too close to other vehicles, even if you are in a hurry, you increase the likelihood of a crash if anything were to happen, such as sudden braking, a blown out tire, or failure to notice slowing traffic, especially at high speeds. You want to keep your distance to ensure safety for yourself and drivers around you.

Get Control

Take racecar driver control of your vehicle and avoid accidents in Las Vegas. If you have sustained injuries due to an accident at the fault of another person, don’t hesitate to contact us today to learn how we can help.