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How to Prepare Your Car and Yourself for a Track Day
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How to Prepare Your Car and Yourself for a Track Day

Track days certainly give you a chance to get the most bang for your buck. When it comes to the amount of time we spend in our cars and the level of exhilaration, they are the cream of the crop in the world of motorsport.  Now, that may be so, but the actual process of preparation can be a nerve-wracking ordeal, especially for newcomers. Hence, before you can satisfy your need for speed and feel the petrol flowing through your veins, there are a few things to consider.

On the right track

One of the common dilemmas is whether to use a standard or modified car. The former option gives you a standard road vehicle that will most likely need some new car parts. Namely, in order to make it fit for trashing and maneuvering on track lap, you would be wise to consider new brakes, cooling, better grip, and increased power. This, of course, costs money, but look at it from the bright side: You can put a personal stamp on the car and ensure that other people’s poor craftsmanship does not get in your way.

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Still, a modified car can be a real treat. If you go down this road, keep your eyes open for upgraded brake pads and springs, adjustable dampers, quality tires, bigger brake rotors, as well as the engine. Also, if only road legal cars are permitted on the track, then it might need a compulsory vehicle inspection, insurance and tax. In case the vehicle is only for the track, you can avoid these extra costs. Just notice that an engine with a load of modifications is a double-edged sword: Each ounce of extra power takes a toll on its life expectancy.

Likewise, most cars that have been specialized for track performance have endured a severe beating and hard use. That is why a standard bog road car is perfectly fine to start with. After all, you have other things to worry about aside from the performance. Although track days are fairly safe, accidents do happen occasionally. If you are worried about the potential damage to the vehicle, ponder on specialist Track Day Insurance and do not forget to remove any loose object from the inside of the car.

Do not let the wheels fall off

Furthermore, it is always a good idea to book a Track Day in advance and leave yourself enough time to do the spadework. You have to inspect the spokes on the wheels, check the coolant levels, look for any coolant or fluid leaks, and ensure that pads are ready to withstand the stress. The brake fluid should be topped up, engine oil in good condition, and wheel studs and nuts tight. The tires call for special attention as they connect the driver with the road. Therefore, see to it that the pressure is right and the general condition fine.

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Those who have enough time can jack the car up and put it on axle stands. The purpose is to see to it that there is no play in the wheel bearings. The last thing to do is check the list of essential things you require. It includes driving license, crash helmet, duct tape and zip ties, a change of clothes, tire pressure gauge, a basic tool kit, as well as money for a full tank of fuel, drinks and food. Speaking of drinks, let us just give you one final word of advice: Hangovers and track days are not exactly a match made in heaven.

Get the show on the road

Track days are highly-addictive, adrenaline-pumping occasions that are the pinnacle of Motorsport for many people. A full day at the track, though, is a daunting set of trials and tribulations. So, get everything ready well in advance and enjoy breakneck speeds without jeopardizing your safety and comfort. Conduct a thorough inspection of the car, load it up with essentials, and head to the big event. That way, you should be able to thoroughly enjoy the track from the moment light turns green to the moment you see the checkered flag being waved.

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  1. Power and Race Crew
    Power and Race Crew
    This is such an awesome post, Marcus. It has everything we could possibly need to know to prep for a track day! Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge with us.
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    1. Marcus
      Marcus
      Thank you guys! It's an honor, really!
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