What is DRIFT mode? And why are the media so excited about it!
If you have watched the news this last week you would have seen a lot of excited ‘road safety experts’ going on about the new Ford Focus RS that comes with a “Drift” mode.
The experts are saying this will encourage hooning and increase the chance of crashes on our roads.
What surprises us is that for as long as we can remember – high powered Australian cars have had a button to turn off the traction control and desensitise the stability control systems. In fact nearly every car on the market has this option at the push of a button.
The new Ford clearly indicates the track and drift modes are for track use only – and like any vehicle – relies entirely on the driver to operate it safely on public roads.
As opposed to normal vehicles and systems – the Ford actually adjusts a number of parameters to allow the vehicle to be driven more aggressively and potentially the vehicle could slide or drift around a track or skidpan.
Performance Driving Australia run regular track days for owners of such vehicles to come and enjoy them in a safe, controlled environment away from public roads.
We believe that the media and experts have some valid points – however education is the key – and drivers of any vehicle should be familiar with the safety systems, how they work, when to use them and what the possible outcomes are if they choose to disengage them.
All of this is covered in our programs and we believe this knowledge not only reduces the ‘hooning’ behaviour but also allows drivers to fully understand and appreciate the technology that keeps them safe on every day roads.
The new Ford Focus RS looks like a great car with a lot of safety features – and a clever computer that allows you to have more driver input when at the track.
A great article that explains more about the Ford Focus RS can be found here – http://www.caradvice.com.au/462557/thank-you-ford-for-focus-rs-drift-mode/
We remind you that Australia has very strict laws and that anyone found drifting or doing a burnout in a vehicle on public roads can and most likely will have their car confiscated by the police. So come to a track day and enjoy your car safely!
Ever wanted to give your car a ‘squirt’?
The temptation to give your new high performance car a bit of extra right foot can be detrimental to your wallet, licence and ultimately your safety.
Never fear – Performance Driving Australia has the solution!
Advanced Driver Training – Baskerville Raceway, Tasmania.
With a growing demand for advanced driving training days, Performance Driving Australia have just held another program at Baskerville Raceway near Hobart in Tasmania this weekend and are planning additional dates now.
The most recent day was a huge success with nearly 20 new drivers attending the full day program that included a range of driving exercises to practice braking, cornering and general car handling.
Drivers were then provided with 1:1 in car tuition for a few laps before being allowed to use the full track in the afternoon.
Drivers who have attended an advanced driving morning session before were able to just attend the afternoon session at a reduced cost.
With a total of 25 drivers attending the Advanced Driving day, the Performance Driving Australia crew were kept busy and all drivers had a great day with plenty of track time.
The track was wet all day – providing an extra challenge but all drivers drove well with no one ending up in the kitty litter.
For the first time, Performance Driving Australia also engaged the services of St Johns Ambulance who attended with an ambulance and crew providing an extra level of safety.
“These days are growing in popularity as they provide a unique chance to drive on the track with training from our experienced crew. There is no safer place to test your car and skills and we are always pleased to see the improvement in drivers abilities after each program. We committed to running more of these in Tasmania and hope to expand into the other states in the future”.
Performance Driving Australia will soon be launching a Performance Drivers Club with special offers for our advanced days and more. Stay tuned by following us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/performancedrivingaustralia or contact us at email@example.com.
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A group of 19 enthusiastic drivers took to the track at Baskerville Raceway on March 7th to learn a bit about driving and their cars under the watchful eye of Performance Driving Australia (www.performancedrivingaustralia.com).
The drivers were provided instruction on emergency braking, cornering and completed a slalom obstacle test before heading out to do laps of the challenging track with in-car coaching.
“PDA encourage safe driving and for those who want to learn a bit more and go a bit faster these advanced driving days are ideal. A mix of exercises and then supervised track sessions allows drivers to build confidence and skill in a safe environment” said Performance Driving Australia Manager Mark Butcher.
The mix of drivers and cars made for a good day. The social interaction and atmosphere was great and everyone went home with a better understanding of performance driving.
Performance Driving Australia are now planning some more regular Advanced Driving Days and hope to attract more drivers who have performance vehicles and would like to enjoy them safely.
Contact Performance Driving Australia at firstname.lastname@example.org or like their facebook page for regular updates.
Enjoy a few pics of the drivers on the day. See you at our next event – May 23, 2015!
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