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August 27, 2019

Never Pass Up An Opportunity To Drive On Track With An Instructor

When you’re on track, you can pretty easily tell when you’re driving poorly. Everything becomes a thousand times harder, the tires are always squealing, you’re hitting curbs that shouldn’t be hit, and you’re having to re-correct your steering or braking almost constantly while moving through a corner. During Jalopnik’s big track day test last week, I knew I needed to be a lot smoother than I was—I just had no idea how to get to that point.

Today a contingent of Jalopnik staffers are hanging out at New York’s Monticello Motor Club to…

Luckily, I had an instructor sitting next to me. And whether you’re a novice like I was or pretty seasoned at this, it really is the best way to learn to go faster. If you get that chance, do not pass it up.

Until last week, I’d never done a track day. Minus a brief experiment learning stick behind the wheel of the Veloster N on an autocross course, I’ve never actually driven on a track. I’ve been driven multiple times, but I just haven’t been the person behind the wheel.

So I was very incredibly happy when …continue reading.