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Submitted by Bob Wright

So, you think you want to learn more about how to operate your favorite car and prefer not to be pulled over by Ohio's finest during the process? Well, Boys and Girls, this is why we have driving schools!

Forget about thinking that this is racing or anything to do with racing. That is a whole other chapter for another day. However, I cannot stress enough how important it is for each and every one of you to learn how to properly operate your car.

Don't give me that, "I've been driving without a ticket for years look." I know you can do better. You will be faced with emergency situations in everyday driving in which these exercises could very well save your life--or at least avoid impact and injury.
There is a reason that you rarely hear about race-car drivers getting into accidents on the highway. It's because, at their level of training, the Real World is in slow motion for them. Everything happens so slowly for them compared to events on track, that they essentially can avoid any everyday situation. Wouldn't you like to have a little piece of that confidence in your abilities? Well, I am pleased to tell you, that there are plenty of amazing volunteers just waiting to teach you these skills. And it does not have to cost a lot of money. You are fortunate enough to be in a "Drivin' Chapter" here in Northern Ohio. Many chapters are too small to take the risk of trying to get their members to embrace this amazing hobby. So, be thankful for these people and give them some love back by signing up for one of their events soon. There is room for you too!

Car prep

Many people agonize over what to do to their cars before going to the track for the first time. In reality, if you have a late model BMW, there is not a lot to do at all. You need to ask yourself a few basic questions about your car.How are the brake pads? Are you able to inspect your pads yourself? If not, stop right there. Time to get some professional help! There are some great shops in the area, and people who will not let you down! They can certain sure your brake pads are ready, and that your brake fluid is fresh
(a requirement), and probably can give your car a once over as well, while they have it.

Likewise, you need tires. These need to be high-quality summer tires; typically, look for a tread wear number around 150-250. All-season or winter tires are not acceptable, although there has been some thought about making winter tires legal for early spring events. These tires do not have to be new, but you will have wear over the weekend, so at least half tread would be a minimum. You DO NOT want to show up with competition R-rated tires for your early events. It is important that you learn to "fly" the right way, before you advance to this type of rubber. Again, if you are not certain, talk to your shop or check with our sponsors and advertisers. I am sure they can help you select the correct tires for your car for a weekend of Driving School excitement. If you do have an older "baby," say more than six or so years old, then by all means get it checked out by a competent shop before your first track day. They need to make certain that your basic suspension components are not worn and that the car can be safely operated at speed.

Finally, if all of this sounds like work, and all you want to do is have fun, you can rent track cars for these events.

Hope to see you at the track!

Bob Wright