4 things you should know before a track day
If money was no object, we would probably all like a high performance supercar or a vintage classic sitting on the driveway. Since that’s not likely to be a reality, a track day can be a great way to experience the thrill of driving a high-end car, without the hefty price tag.
But before you buckle up to experience a track day, there are a few things you should bear in mind:
1. Your ride
Give some consideration to your car – it could be a vintage classic or a modern supercar, and taking it to the track will put it under pressures beyond those experienced on public roads. Tyres are an obvious target for wear and tear on a track day and can also alter your experience depending on your tyre choice; stickier rubber types may increase your speed around the track, but semi-slicks will place increased loads on your ride’s suspension to give you more control during your drive.
Make sure you give your ride the once over before jumping in the driving seat for any obvious faults and issues, or you could spend the day sat in the pits.
2. Your safety
Investing in some basic safety gear, such as a helmet that provides a comfortable fit, might make your day a more pleasant experience, and could be a worthy investment if you intend to drive on multiple days. Lightweight trainers are ideal for the feet and gloves could be advantageous for older cars, although these are not always completely necessary in modern cars with more tactile steering wheels.
Your regular motor trade insurance, driving instructor insurance or HGV insurance is unlikely to cover you for a track day, but contact your insurance provider to double check if there are any deals or add-ons they could offer. Just do make sure you invest in track day insurance either on a day-to-day basis or for a season, just in case the worst does happen.
Investing in a lesson in how and when to brake, accelerate and steer your car will help you to get the most out of your track day. Many track days have instructors present for the experience, or you could ring ahead to arrange some basic tuition. If you’re new to track driving, this will be well worth the money.