Tips on Getting Your Car Ready For the Race Track

Are you a car enthusiast? Do you spend a lot of time watching racing footage and/or playing video games like Need for Speed or Forza? Then why not go outside and experience the real thing with your own car? No, we’re not talking about daring your friends or random strangers at the traffic lights to race you. We’re talking about signing up for a day at your local track.

Racing is an exhilarating experience and is bound to lift your mood almost instantaneously. However, in order to have the best experience, you must ensure your own safety. That’s why you must put your car through a tech inspection before it is deemed well enough to race on the track.

If you’re not so sure that your car will meet the standards of the tech inspection, that’s okay. We’re here to help. We’ll give you some tips on what you can do to get your car ready for the race track:

Tyres

The last thing you want is to suffer a blowout out on the race track and put your life on danger. When you’re racing, you’re going to be putting a lot of strain on your tyres and therefore it will suffer some wear. Hence, it’s safe to say that you’re not going to be allowed on the track with tyres that are in bad condition.

Therefore, before you submit it for inspection, make sure that:

  • Your tyres are properly inflated
  • Patched up tyres are replaced with new ones
  • The tread wear is negligible

Driveline

If your car’s driveline is at risk of failing, then you’re putting yourself and other drivers in danger. Hence, make sure you’re aware of the common warning signs of a faulty driveline:

  • Loose fasteners in the axles, transmission and centre bearing.
  • Excessive movement in driveline components
  • Inadequate grease purging by U-joint journals.

If this sounds too technical for you, we recommend getting a Melbourne driveshafts expert to perform an inspection for you.

Steering

It’s imperative that you have complete control of the car out on the race track. Otherwise there’s a high risk that you’ll get into a collision. Hence, you should properly inspect the wheel bearings. To do this, elevate your car and move the tyres to each side with your hand. If there are no abnormal noises, then everything should be fine.

Brakes

You’re going to be driving at very high speeds and therefore everything about the braking system needs to be in tip-top shape. Otherwise you’re not going to be allowed on the race track. The brake fluid should be topped off if it is below optimal level, there should be no friction when using the pad and no strange noises should be heard when you brake.

Safety Attire and Equipment

It is recommended that you have the following safety times before you race:

  • An appropriate helmet
  • Properly-functioning seatbelts.
  • A race suit that is fire-resistant. This is not mandatory but we still recommend it.
  • Close-toe shoes

Racing is fun but safety should be the priority out on the race track. If your car doesn’t meet all the safety standards, then inspectors will not clear you for racing. Hence, we recommend that you follow the tips detailed in this article to get your car ready for the race track.

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