How to Drift Your Car Effectively?

In general, you need to drift your car when its back slides and then regains the control. When this is done safely and suitably, it would be usually really exciting

Step 1: What should you do before starting to drift?

  • 1. Install a cone at the center of the blacktop. Then drive the car to this cone and try to make a handbrake turn in 180 degrees by ripping the handbrake.
  • 2. Rip the handbrake from the rage of speed from 50 to 65 km per hour to learn the way of counter-steering.
  • 3. Raise the speed of every of those things till you feel comfortable.
  • 4. Also attempt to make a 180 cone.

Step 2: Drift with manual transmission and rear-wheel drive.

  • 1. Look for a vehicle made with a manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. In general, a sport car, which has enough energy to keep the tire continuing to spin, would be ideal.
  • 2. Drive the car an open place (for example, an enclosed racecourse), which is completely free of motorist, pedestrian and especially police.

Step 3: Technique for hand braking

  • 1. Speed up and change to the gear with space to rev. In general, the second gear is often used since it would allow the largest variation of speed and thus is perfect for controlling the torque of the engine.
  • 2. Let the clutch in.
  • 3. Move the steering wheel into the interior part of the turn, while pulling the parking break simultaneously.
  • 4. Place some pressure immediately on gas pedal, then let the clutch out, and move the vehicle in the slide’s direction by using the throttle to manage the drift’s angle.
  • 5. More throttle would help your vehicle turn more away from the center.
  • 6. Less throttle would decrease the angle as well as allow your vehicle to freely move into the interior part of the turn.
  • 7. And now, you are drifting.

Step 4: Technique for kicking the clutch

  • 1. This technique would be used when you have already moved into revived wheel spin or increased angle.
  • 2. During the process of drifting, you might have a feeling that the vehicle starts to lose the drifting power and angle. If this occurs, you could kick its clutch to revive the spinning speed of the tires. In fact, this is quite similar to shifting the power.
  • 3. Start to drift.
  • 4. While your car is still on, kick in and out the clutch for a couple times as quickly as you could till the vehicle would drift again.
  • 5. Put off your foot from the pedal to finish.
  • 6. Keep performing the drift. Attempt to kick the clutch again when you think that the vehicle starts to lose the power or angle.

Step 5: Drift with rear-wheel drive automobile

  • 1. Look for an open and large place.
  • 2. Speed up to the range from 30 to 50 km per hour, depending on the room and lot size.
  • 3. Put the transmission to the low gear for maximizing the torque (if possible).
  • 4. Strongly turn and then floor the wheel. If it is done properly, you would feel the sliding rear end.

Step 6: Drift preparation with a front-wheel drive automobile

  • 1. Drive to an open and large place.
  • 2. Use a parking brake or pull a handbrake, then ride it out for 1 or 2 times overcome the initial fear.
  • 3. Install a cone at the center of the area.
  • 4. Drive your vehicle to it with the speed from 20 to 30 miles per hour.
  • 5. Pull the handbrake and then turn to the cone.
  • 6. Perform step 5 again until you could have a good control of the car. Frequently practice this technique for a couple of weeks till you would do it naturally. However, do not perform this on the roadways as it would be really dangerous and you could be fined.
  • 7. Increase the speed gradually till you feel comfortable and get used to it.

Step 7: Drift with a front-wheel drive automobile

  • 1. Start a turn with a suitable speed, often in the middle of second gear.
  • 2. Turn to the corner while pulling the handbrake, remember not to get the rear wheel locked.
  • 3. Your car should be still on. Do not drive less than half of throttle in the process of drifting.
  • 4. Pull the brake more strongly when you think that the vehicle is losing the angle.
  • 5. When your vehicle looks turning too much, you should release the handbrake a little bit or give the car more throttle steadily and continuously.
  • 6. Do not worry, just relax with it.
John Henry
 

I am John Henry and I have begun to work in automotive industry since the 90s, specializing in car rebuilding and repair. After nearly two decades of working in this complex section, with extensive experience in repairing, troubleshooting and maintaining thousands of cars, I started to work as an auto blogger to share my practical knowledge as well as skills with car owners all around the world through a wide range of articles in online magazine.

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