Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tips For Driving In The Rain

What makes driving in the rain more dangerous?
A wet road causes your tyres to lose traction, making skidding more likely, especially when braking. It is also harder to see the road ahead of you as visibility is decreased and your headlights appear dimmer.It also seems that all the crazy drivers seem to come out in the wet weather too!
Tips for safer driving
* Do not use cruise control in the wet. Your foot will be away from the pedals, your focus will not be on braking and accelerating and if you start to skid the car may actually accelerate.
* Be extremely careful if it hasn’t rained in quite some time. Engine oil and petrol can build up overtime. The first few hours of rain are the most dangerous, as continuous rainfall will eventually wash away the oil.
* Don’t attempt to cross running water, try an alternate route or turn around and go back the way you came.
* After you cross a puddle, tap on your brake pedal lightly to dry off some of the water on your rotors.
* Don’t follow the car in front of you too closely. If they hit a pothole or deep water you will have time to react.

What are your driving in the rain tips?

So ladies, have you ever had the desire to jump into a car, strap on a helmet and burn some rubber? Well, don’t think that you have to leave it to the boys!
We spoke to Sue Corbett from the Australian Women's Motorsport Network about what’s involved in a girl’s drag racing training day.

Sue, can any ladies attend a drag racing training day?
Any ladies can participate in our training days, as long as they hold a driver's license. We get a big variety of age groups - from 'P' platers to grandmothers - so age is no barrier!

Do you need to have any racing experience?
Definitely no experience necessary, just a desire to have a go! It's an opportunity to experience something new and exciting - a motorsport that can be quite addictive.

What type of car do you need?
All they need is a car that can pass scrutineering (e.g. no fluid leaks, seat belts properly attached, battery secured properly etc). Most registered cars don't have a problem. So the daily driver will do! It's not about how fast you can go, as skill off the line & consistency wins more races.

Is there a gal like Cha Cha from Grease starting the race?
Lol... No, but I’m sure we could find someone suitable! Racers have lights these days to start them, called a Xmas tree in drag racing lingo.

What is your ultimate car?
An old skool Chevy Camaro. (V8 of course).

Interested in finding out more? Jump onto the Australian Women’s Motorsport Network or onto girls torque – two sites dedicated to women in the motorsport world.

Keep an eye out for some training days in our Galmatic newsletter.