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Driving classes: 10 things you should know

 

Get to the circuit, sit in the car, and ... drift! This, according to the instructors of the driving courses, is what many of the students who hire these classes think. But there is more, much more, that they find when they get there ... and that we summarize in 10 key points.

What do you expect from driving classesDo you know what it consists of? Monitors comment that a large part of their students arrives with the preconceived idea that in these classes they teach you to drift and go fast with the car. Not quite: the main thing, in most cases ( there are courses specifically geared towards sporty driving ), it is safety. We will tell you, in 10 steps, what is done in one of these days and where you can hire them.
  1. Theoretical classesThe day usually begins with a theoretical explanation not only about what you are going to do throughout the course but also about the security systems that the cars you are going to drive have: this way you will know how the devices work and what to expect of them in a critical situation. You will also learn concepts about the dynamics of the vehicle: how it behaves in curves, acceleration, braking.
  2. Objectives"Burn the wheel", set the best time ...? Even without sitting in the car, they will make it clear to you that the function of a safe driving course is to improve driving skills, know-how the help systems work, recognize and avoid risks on a day-to-day basis and (if the class is taught by a brand) test most of the range and safety devices.
  3. How to sitBelieve it or not, very few motorists know how to sit properly to drive. Some "drop" the backrest too much, others go too close to the steering wheel ... Thus, the first thing to do is examine your posture and correct it, if necessary.
  4. Those hands… Another key point is the placement of the hands on the wheel and how to move them to draw different types of curves or to counteract oversteer or understeer. Of course, picking up the ring from the inside or putting both hands on the same side of the steering wheel "is prohibited", due to its dangerousness.
  5. The best way to get around a curve ... is to make a line as straight as possible. They will explain it to you in the theoretical part and you will have the opportunity to practice it a thousand times.
  6. Skidding, slalom, braking to the limitThe funniest part comes, the one that will make a smile appear on your face when you tell it. Already at the wheel, the monitors will give you instructions (they can be seated next to you or indicate them from the outside through walkie-talkies) to reposition the car smoothly in an envelope or understeer, correctly trace the curves, control the transfer of masses in gearbox support, braking on a slippery surface and dodging an obstacle at the last moment ... Normally, the safety devices will be switched off so that you can check the reactions of the vehicle without these aids. Then you will repeat the exercise with the ESP and the various assistants: the difference will amaze you. Later, systems that maintain a safe distance, cruising speed ...
  7. We ride in 4 × 4If the course is being taught by a brand ( Mercedes or Audi, for example, they do not require you to have a car with their logo to attend these classes), you will perform the exercises with various models in their range. When it comes to tackling 4 × 4s, get ready for bridge crossings and to go up and down hills that seem impossible ... Electronics, a certain dose of calm (lose your nerves in the middle of a ramp if the vehicle goes towards the back can cause a serious accident) and the teachings of the monitors will make you get out of the situation.
  8. DiplomasMost of the courses end with the delivery of a diploma that accredits your use of the theoretical and practical classes. Often there is a kind of "classification" and a detail for the best student: the one who has invested the last time in the exercises demonstrating greater technique, without throwing any cone and without compromising safety.
  9. Where can driving courses be held? In addition to the schools, perhaps the best known, there are alternatives to improve driving such as those proposed. In addition, many car brands usually offer these courses to their clients and those who are not yet.
  10. Price of driving coursesThe fork is as wide as the possibilities offered by the schools and will depend on the type of course (safe driving, sporty, ecological, TT and SUV…) that you want to do. To give you an idea -and always speaking in general lines-, you can spend between 150 and 1,200 dollars.
  11. »Do not transmit your emotions behind the wheel

    »How to drive safer

    » explain five key points to improve safety: drive in a serene way and without tensions in order not to transmit our emotions behind the wheel, maintain concentration to improve response time, develop a sense of anticipation by expanding the visual field, be realistic about our limitations and perform all movements or maneuvers with smoothness.

    Whatever your level or choice, we assure you that at the end of the classes you will have heard -or uttered- one of these phrases: “this should be mandatory”, “it seems magic (because of the driver assistance systems)”, “I had always done it differently… ”. The monitors also point out the unmistakable expression of astonishment of the students when they learn that a car at 130 km / h only needs a second to travel 36 meters. That is to say: if you divert your attention from the wheel for a second, you will have traveled the distance equivalent to 9 compact vehicles. Did you know?


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