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This site is a resource for driving and track day enthusiasts, whatever your skill level. It's for drivers who would like to improve their technique, get faster on the track and make safe progress on the roads. The skills you'll learn here are relevant both for real life driving and simulations. Reading our content will give you the basic skills to drive quickly, but there is no substitute for real-life experience. So book yourself onto a track day or driving experience and practice!

We have a large number of articles which cover car control, techniques, road and off-road driving - please select a category from the main menu or browse below.

Car control


Question: “How much technique can there be to braking? Surely it’s just a matter of stamping on the pedal and coming to a halt?” Answer: Good braking technique is a […]


Grip is a wonderful thing. It keeps you on the road, it allows you to accelerate, turn corners, and then stop again. However, there is a limit to tyre adhesion […]

Heel & toe shifting

Heel and toe is the art of changing down a gear and rev matching while braking. By combining the braking and gear change when approaching a corner instead of performing […]

Left foot braking

Left foot braking is a technique used frequently in rallying, but can be equally useful on the road or track for the following: Reducing understeer into a corner Reducing drive […]


Oversteer is related to understeer and occurs when the rear tyres reach the limit of adhesion in a corner before the front while cornering. This leads to ‘the back coming […]

Rev matching

Rev matching is used when down-shifting to smooth the transition between gears, and prevent shock loads through the transmission. It’s a useful skill for the road and track for both cars and motorcycles. Read […]

Smooth driving

In every discipline from drifting to racing, aggression does not equal speed. If you only learn one skill to improve your driving technique it should be the art of smooth […]


Good steering technique is crucial for smooth driving, as it prevents any sudden lateral weight transfers which allows the corner to be taken at a higher speed. Driving position When […]


Understeer occurs when traction is lost at the front wheels while cornering, forcing you wide on a bend despite applying the correct steering angle (Diagram 1). When viewed by an […]

Weight transfers

There are three ways that weight transfers can occur: Acceleration Deceleration Steering Why do weight transfers occur? Weight transfers occur as a result of the chassis twisting around the car’s […]


Best motorcycle sat navs

Your options If you want to use a sat nav device on your bike you have three main options – Adapt a car sat nav Buy a specialist motorcycle device […]

Getting the best motorcycle insurance deal

So, you’ve passed your CBT and have been riding a 125 for a while, but you’re bored of all that and now it’s time to upgrade to your first proper […]

Guide to junctions for motorcycle riders

Types of junction The UK driving standards agency (DSA) defines junctions as one of the following: T-junction Y-junction Crossroads Roundabouts Staggered junctions This article will cover all of the above. […]

How to pass UK motorcycle module one test

The module one test is conducted on a purpose built patch of high friction tarmac, and involves a number of cone based exercises. It lasts about 20 minutes, and will […]

Rev matching for motorcycle riders

One of our most popular articles in on the art of rev matching, which is a skill which can be even more relevant for motorcycles than cars. This article is […]


Climbing hills

Steep hills can be one of the trickiest obstacles you’re likely to encounter while driving off-road. Not only have you got a gradient to contend with, but gravity is also […]

Controlling slides off-road

If you’re driving on slippery terrain, you can expect to slide from time to time. Controlling a slide is an important skill to master to ensure safety when off the […]

Descending hills

When descending a steep or slippery hill, it’s important to consider the consequences of losing traction and being unable to stop on the slope. If you’re pointing directly up or […]

Ditch crossing

Ditch crossings can be quite hard on your car unless the correct technique is used. There is a risk of contact with the ground, and loss of traction is fairly […]

Driving in deep water

Wading though deep water can be one of the most enjoyable and exciting aspects of off-road driving, however it can also be dangerous and may damage your vehicle. Follow our […]

Four wheel drive systems

The three main varieties of four-wheel drive systems are: Permanent / full time four wheel drive Manually selectable four wheel drive Automatically selected four wheel drive This article explains how […]

Off-road driving techniques

Welcome to the overview off off-road driving – this area introduces the skills and techniques required to make progress on tough off-road terrain in a four wheel drive (4WD) vehicle. […]

Off-road snow & ice driving

This article is aimed at 4×4 drivers to explain some useful techniques for driving in challenging winter conditions off the beaten track. Be sure you know what you’re driving – […]

Off-road vehicle attributes

Getting to know your vehicle is the first step towards being a safe and successful off-road driver. There are various natural attributes of your vehicle which determine the severity of […]

Pulling away off-road

When driving off-road, pulling away on the flat and on slopes without rolling backwards is an essential skill to master. This should become second nature if you’re planning on becoming […]


Slipstream overtaking

Picture this scenario – you’re competing in a race series with identically powered cars and you’d like to pass someone on the straights – how do you do it? There […]


Best track cars

This page is dedicated to the best track cars in the world. What makes a good track car? In our opinion it’s the following attributes: Light weight Excellent handling Rapid […]

Tyre reviews

Here are a selection of the best tyres for track day use, brought to you by and If you have real experience with a tyre on the track and would like […]


Advanced driving courses

A quick search on Google will reveal countless organisations which claim to provide ‘advanced driving’ courses. But what constitutes an advanced driving course, and what can you expect to learn […]

Driving in floods

Firstly, it’s important to note that driving through a flood can be very damaging to your car, terminal even. Secondly, there is a very real possibility of being killed if […]

Everyday driving tips

Braking – smooth and progressive Progressive application of the brakes is vital to maintain stability and composure at speed Progressive application of the brakes is vital to maintain stability and […]

Improve fuel economy

Let’s face it – fuel is getting more expensive and we can’t drive everywhere like a lunatic. So how can you make the most of your hard earned gas? Let’s […]

Snow & ice driving myths

Myth 1: ABS is a bad thing in winter conditions Anti-lock braking system It is true that when ABS is operating in slippery conditions, your stopping distance is likely to […]

Winter driving tips

Winter conditions can be unpredictable, however most of the techniques required in cold environments are common sense. Rules of thumb Keep speed as low as practically possible Increase your distance […]



What kind of car do you need? Rear wheel drive is essential to perform sustained doughnuts, and you’ll need enough power to spin the rear wheels and keep them spinning. […]

Driving corners fast

Once the optimum route through the corner has been determined, it’s time to negotiate the turn in the quickest way possible. To do this will, you need a decent knowledge […]

Getting a good start

Get off the line before anyone else and you’ll have an immediate advantage by being able to defend your position with the added bonus of having the ability to chose […]

Handbrake turn

Handbrake turns are frequently used in rally driving to negotiate tight, lower speed corners and can be useful in a variety of low speed maneuvers and stunts. This method of […]

How to drift

There are many different methods of inducing a drift, and your choice depends on the natural properties of your car. Once oversteer has been invoked, you’ll need to control the […]


This is predominantly an evasive driving manoeuvre or stunt, but is also a lot of fun. When trying to learn this technique, it’s worth using low grip surfaces such as […]

Racing line

The racing line is the route a racing driver follows in order to take corners in the fastest possible way. By using all of the available space on the track, […]

Scandinavian flick

The tightest corners and hairpins usually require the use of a handbrake turn, but the flick can be used in conjunction with, or without the handbrake. The name arose from […]

Threshold braking

Threshold braking is the art of slowing down in the quickest possible way by maintaining brake force at the optimum level. It’s tricky and requires a lot of practise in […]


ABS system

Overview An ABS system consists of the following components: Some wheel speed sensors Brake calipers A hydraulic motor Some pressure release valves A quick thinking computer (or control module) which […]


At first glance, biofuel might seem to be the a decent solution to several of the developed world’s problems. Dwindling fossil fuel reserves, the high price of petrol and diesel, […]

Differentials explained

Spinning wheels are most likely to result from cornering while on the gas, pulling away from a stand still or accelerating in a car with lots of power Now a […]

EBD explained

When braking heavily in a car you get a dramatic forwards weight transfer. The body pivots forward, the front suspension is compressed, and more weight is transferred to the front […]

Electric cars

The internal combustion engine has been around for hundreds of years, and although the original pioneers of this technology would hardly recognise a modern engine, the fundamental principles have remained […]

Gearbox technologies

Gearboxes are complex mechanical devices which allow cars to operate at different road speeds while remaining within the rev range of the engine Many performance cars are now fitted with […]

Hybrid car technology

Hybrid vehicles attempt to strike a balance between the more versatile combustion engine and the more economical electric motor. A number of different options exist, and this article attempts to […]

Stability control systems explained

Electronic stability control systems (SC for the purposes of this article) detect loss in traction and react to regain grip using the braking and engine management systems. Situations where the […]


Driving position

It’s vitally important to get your driving position right before driving on the track. Your seat and steering wheel position should be adjusted carefully to… Allow grip of steering wheel […]

Engine & driveline

The following points are the most crucial factors to take into account when considering the engine and drive-line layouts of a car for the track. The moment of inertia (flywheel […]

Engine modifications

It’s worth noting at this point that it becomes exponentially more difficult and expensive to increase performance through engine mods, and although you might find it easy to add an […]

Racecraft – overtaking on a corner

A crucial part of racing is overtaking and defending your position – this is where things get seriously fun. This article builds on the fundamentals of the racing line, which are worth […]

Track preparation

Preparation for your car: Maintenance Driving a car hard on the track puts a great deal of additional strain on your machine so some simple maintenance is essential: Brake fluid […]

Wet versus dry driving

The first thing to think about is the decrease in friction between the contact patch and the road. This means you’ll need to brake earlier, corner at a lower speed […]


Most beautiful cars in the world

Below is our selection of the most beautiful cars in the world – would you add any to the list?