Whenever you see the phrase ‘Need for Speed’ do you think of Paul Walker? His death was a sad loss and a testament to the fact that people who do have a need for speed, should quench it off the roads rather than on them. Most of the supercharged cars are made for racing – they practically purr when you start them – but there are ways to enjoy that speed without jeopardizing your life or your wallet – because speeding fines aren’t cheap either. But why even bother? Why not pull a Justin Bieber and drag race in suburban streets in your Lamborghini? Here’s why:
Speed kills. It’s an unfortunate truth, but the numbers don’t lie. There are thousands of road crashes involving fatalities every year in Australia. These accidents are usually due to speeding, distraction – talking on a cell phone – and DUIs. You’re unlikely to survive an impact with a car travelling over the speed of 70 km/h, which is not exactly fast. Hitting a tree will be fatal if you’re driving at a speed over 40 km/h upon impact, and you are 32 times more likely to land yourself in an accident when travelling above 80 km/h per hour as opposed to at 60km/h. And sending your car to Huntington Beach car repair shop.
Most accidents are caused by cars running themselves off the road, and this could be due to distraction or taking a corner too sharply. Obviously, the more you drive and the faster you drive, the higher your chances are of getting in a fatal accident – you have a 1 in 100 chance of dying in an accident in your lifetime. So, while its super fun to drive like Vin Diesel, it’s not the safest thing to do on the roads, especially when you consider that 12.2% of all fatalities are pedestrians and 4% are accounted for by children under the age of 14. Yikes.
But what can you do about it? Surely, you can’t stop racing altogether? Never fear, we’ve come up with a few choice ways in which you can satisfy that need for speed in ways that don’t involve endangering the lives of people on the road.
The Fun Solutions
There are a few steps you can take quench that thirst for speed.
Join a Club
First off, you can join a motorsports club. Depending on what type of car you drive (Audi, BMW etc.) you can find a specific club with enthusiasts who love to drive what you do, and just as fast at that. Clubs like this will have access to lessons and events, as well as be in contact with race tracks in the area. These clubs will help you get your race license and take you one step closer to racing on an actual track. You’ll also be able to share your passion for speed with the members.
Race on a Track
Once you have access to a club and have your race license, you’ll be able to take to the track. There are plenty of tracks that have ‘free’ days where locals can come race for fun, and there are more serious events which feature vehicles of a specific kind. Before you do anything, though, you’ll want to check that your car fits in with road safety rules, that you know the track, and that you know the rules of the track.
You’ll also need to have a medical and learn the flags used on a race track, so you’re prepared when race time does come. All of these things will be covered during your test for your race license. No one denies that flying along the road is exhilarating, and you should be able get that rush if you want it. Whatever you do, though, stay safe and stay off the suburban roads when indulging in your need for speed.
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This is a guest post by Lilly Sheperd, a freelance writer and blogger who shares her thoughts on various blogs. When not blogging she likes to travel and read a lot, especially about transportation and economy.
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