How To Drift A Car [Video]

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Basically, drifting means pushing the car to slide. In essence, you cause this unusual movement of your vehicle by intentionally oversteering it, which creates a loss of traction in the wheels. Even though the overall idea sounds brilliant, most drivers face the problem they don’t know how to drift in a safe manner to stay alive and cause no damage to the car. In this new post, we investigate the basic ideas you need to know to drift a car.


In the art of drifting, it is essential to recognize the role of car handbrake in the overall process. All the beginners learn from this point, so we too explain it first!

To get started learning how to drift, consider three different techniques possible: 90-degree, 180- degree, and 360-degree (donut) turn. Whichever you choose, you need to put a cone in a middle of an empty place and sit inside of your car. After driving closer to a cone, rip car handbrake. It should be harder or easier, depending on a degree of turn you want to achieve. That’s not easy because you need to practice accuracy and not panic because of sliding!

To make a donut turn is even harder since your task is to not only pay attention to handbrake but also keep in mind an acceleration problem. To make a 360-degree turn, start doing an 180-degree turn, but after actually drifting you need to tap on gas not to stop and reach extra degrees needed. Why it’s harder? Because the risk of oversteering or sliding down is too high! To finish drifting in any of these techniques, a useful trick is to ease off the power smoothly and to put your car back to a needed position confidently.


To become a successful drifter, prepare your car in advance. In fact, some characteristics can actually prevent you from becoming a drifting pro. For example, you need the manual control of your car instead of relying on automatics. Since your task is to pull the handbrake, the maximum ability to manage this process is what you really need. In addition, the best option in to choose a rear-wheel-drive car with limited slip differential for your drifting needs.

And with any car, remember that too much drifting can ruin the mechanical integrity of a car, so don’t fly into a passion of it! To prevent future problems, spare no expense on high-quality performance parts of your car. Some drivers also recommend cheap and slick rear tyres or tyres with low tread to facilitate your drifting. In any case, a lot depends on you as a driver. Some prefer high speed, while someone is preoccupied with the safety on the road. Because of this difference, it is essential to reach a comfortable speed (no matter what is the exact number of it) to maintain the control over your car. As you’re the driver, the most important thing is that should finally feel and enjoy the drifting!   


Finally, some safety concerns that inevitably appear with drifting. To practice, don’t jump in the real-life situations immediately. Remember how you learned to drive a car on a specially equipped place? The same thing applies to learning how to drift a car. Search for open space with no people around or visit a speedway designed for learning purposes exactly. In fact, the best option for you as the beginner is to visit a local drift event. There, you’ll find the best place and lots of experienced drivers in one package! And remember: in most countries, it is illegal to drift in public places. And surely, it is not recommended to try drifting on main avenues where other drivers don’t expect any strange actions from you.

And how do you drift? Share your experience in comments!

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    • Lelio Vieira Carneiro Junior
    • July 31, 2017

    Appreciate this post. Will try it out.

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