Wednesday, October 31, 2007
A prerequisite before attempting to drift
We've all been there, trying to be Mr. I know it all and drifting before mastering the basics. If you haven't learn the basics of drifting, you'll have a hard time drifting because it is from the basics that you can polish up your drift techniques. So what are the basics? Well to start off its simple and very easy to do. The one basic drift that you should do is the 180 degree turn. To start you should be in a secluded place where theres no imminent danger of an on coming car or a police. Begin to accelerate shifting from 1st gear,2ND gear to 3rd, once you hit at least 40mph going nowhere but straight. You then pull the e brake and turning right at the same time. Your car has to end up facing the opposite way of where you came from. This is the 180 degree turn, easy and simple. Keep practicing this until you can turn at your own will and at the speed you want. What this does is give you a first hand experience of sliding your car and controlling it. The next basic drift is a little bit harder, but not impossible. Once you mastered the 180 degree turn, you should then try the figure 8's. Sound unfamiliar? Don't worry all is it is that your doing a 180 degree turn back to back. This is a transition from the 180 degree turn, so start out the same as the 180 degree turn then when you do a 180 turn keep the car sliding until you hit the opposite side. Once you hit the opposite side, you hammer the acceleration pedal and then going to the opposite side and doing it again. The experience you get from the figure 8's is very important because you're learning the drift control and speed control, both of which are essential to be good at drifting. Once you can do a full figure 8's easily, you can now drift more easily and confidently.