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💦 Wet Track Days: Perfect Playground for Car Control Mastery!

Published 7 months ago • 2 min read

Hey there fellow track enthusiasts,

It's almost the end of the season, but there are still a few track days left for us maniacs that don't mind driving in not-the-best conditions!

A couple of weeks ago, I went down to Grobnik to one of the last track days of the season and the driving conditions were extremely difficult!

Most track day drivers (old-me included) are reluctant to drive in the wet and "waste" time even attending such events.

The truth is, wet and mixed conditions are the best possible way to advance as a driver and gain precious skills that cannot be obtained otherwise. Here's why!

  1. Get a Grip on Traction: When the track is wet, your car's grip levels drop, making it a bit slippery. But that's the magic part! Learning to handle your car in these conditions teaches you how to finesse the pedals and steering wheel. You'll become a pro at managing traction, and that's a skill that's handy in any weather.
  2. Stability control, who? Slower speeds and less grip also make a perfect opportunity to finally turn off the car's stability and/or traction control. Because you'll naturally be going a lot slower and you'll be able to feel when your car breaks traction, it's a great way to experience how the car behaves without computers trying to make it go straight.
  3. Master the Art of Braking: Wet tracks mean you'll need to be gentle on the brakes. This teaches you how to brake smoothly and avoid skids. Those skills are like a safety net when you're driving in the rain on regular roads.
  4. Throttle control like Senna: In a RWD car, throttle control on wet conditions is especially crucial and learning how to be smooth with the throttle is much safer on a wide track with less consequences if you end up spinning.
  5. Polish Your Steering Skills: Wet conditions demand a light touch on the steering wheel. The precision you develop on a wet track translates to better control when you encounter tricky situations like icy or gravelly roads.
  6. Boost Your Confidence: Nailing a wet track is a real confidence booster. You'll feel like a superhero behind the wheel. When you know you can handle your car in the rain, you'll feel more relaxed and ready for anything when you hit the streets.
  7. Real-World Ready: Driving on a wet track is like a dress rehearsal for driving in the rain, which we all know happens a lot. The skills you pick up in the rain on the track will come in handy when you're out and about on a rainy day.

So, if you're serious about becoming a more skilled and confident driver, don't let rainy days deter you from hitting the track. Embrace the opportunity to learn and master car control on wet track days – it's an investment in your safety and driving prowess that will pay off every time you hit the road.

Stay safe and keep chasing those rainy-day thrills!

Happy driving,

JZ

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