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Race Me Safely

Dec 19, 2007
Car racing is a very empowering sport that makes you feel so much in control. The adrenalin rush you get is very addictive. However, you should never forget that racing is a very dangerous game. Speed is always dangerous, and accidents can happen in the blink of an eye.

Anybody who races cars as a hobby or in competitions knows the risks involved in this sport. Aside from the possibility of damage to the car itself, drivers could also suffer personal injury, which could lead to partial or even total disability. Death is also a possibility you can't ignore. However, if you are willing to invest your time, effort, and money to setup a power-charged car which you can race, then it surely wouldn't hurt to spend in life saving gears to ensure your safety while racing.

Never forget to always wear protective clothing and head-gear. High-speed racing is always full of pressure. We're not just talking about the pressure on the driver to come first, we're also considering the pressure building up within the engine and other mechanical or electrical parts due to speed. There is also the explosive nature of NOS to consider, as explosions are inevitable. In fact, explosions are one of the major accidents that happen during car races. Make sure you check your fire suit not only for tears, but also for the presence of any substance that could possibly void the flame-resistant capacity of the fabric.

Aside from your fire suit, always wear gloves and shoes that are flame-retardant for added protection. Use only helmets that have Snell Ratings, which means they have previously passed multiple impact tests. These are made using thicker material, and are more reliable during accidents. The fabric and paints used on these helmets must also be flame-retardant.

Check that the car's engine - including but not limited to its fuel lines, electrical wirings, and coolant overflow tank, make sure they are secured well and are all properly functioning. Closely inspect your seatbelt for wear and tear or any other defects. Make sure that the harnesses are functional and that the seats are bolted tightly.

Investigate under the hood of your car. Replace any weak hoses, search for cracks and have them repaired. Check the chassis as well, and search for visible wear and tear on any exhaust and suspension component.

Remember to properly mount the car's battery with all the terminals hooked up tightly. Your tires should have a tread depth of at least 3/32. Make sure the wheel studs are tightly fastened. If you have a nitrous oxide system (NOS), ensure that the bottle vent is to the car's exterior.

Never drive a car to race if you haven't practiced in it. Spend time getting to know the inner and outer workings of any new car first before the actual race even if you are an expert driver. This is due to the fact that each car can behave differently than each other, this is especially true for different makes of car, but can also be true for the same models of car.
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