Go-karting doesn’t have to be a one-time activity. In fact, it can be something that you can work at and increase your skill level over a long period of time, especially when you know these go-karting tips. Like any hobby or sport, the more you put into it, the better experience you’ll have — so let’s get started!
Our top 8 go-karting tips for a fast, smooth ride:
- Relax. Many people tend to tense up when they race, and that will never benefit you. Next time you watch a professional race car driver, notice how relaxed their arms are and how they rarely, if ever, lock their arms – even if the car needs some correcting. Allow your body to move with your kart rather than fighting it.
- Take the first lap slowly. Your first lap (or even your entire first race) should help you get to know the track better. It’s close to impossible to get a record-breaking time on your first lap, so take it as an opportunity to get to know the turns and get to know your kart. Allow this to be a learning process where you slowly get better over time. This will help ease some frustration and give you a more enjoyable experience.
- Keep going. Once you’ve gotten to know the track and your kart well, it’s time to get serious. Start comparing your own times and compare your times to others around you (this is where the benefit of bringing your friends comes in). You don’t want to take too much time between your first and second race; get back to it while your learnings are still fresh in your mind.
- Be smooth. Focus on smooth turns and transitions over being the fastest, and speed will come naturally. Most instances of getting stuck or spinning out on the track are direct results of taking turns too quickly and focusing on speed over a smooth ride. Be smooth with your turns, your steering, and your brakes.
- Focus on momentum. If you can master momentum in racing, you’ll be able to smoothly (and quickly) carry more speed throughout your entire race. The best way to do this is by taking wide turns and accelerating when the track straightens out, never during a turn.
- Watch other racers. Take note of the top racers around you and get to know what they do, how they take turns, when they accelerate, etc. Stay close behind them and replicate their moves, then take note of how it feels. This will help create muscle memory so you’ll be able to race the same even on your own.
- Give yourself plenty of space. While you want to feel like you’re in first place the entire race, remember that “winning” comes from having the lowest lap time, not from finishing first. Start off with plenty of distance between you and the drivers ahead of you in order to limit the chances of getting stuck right behind a slower racer.
- Have fun! At the end of the day, you’ll have a much more enjoyable experience if you allow yourself to just have fun. Even on your off days where you feel like you just can’t master these go-karting tips, choosing to have fun can make all the difference.
These go-karting tips are meant to help you get better and better each time you race. Don’t get discouraged if any of these tips take a little longer to master — that’s what practice is for! But if you work at these tips each time you go, you’re guaranteed to have a better race than the last.