How To: Performance Driving Tips

The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Chandler, AZ is an ideal place to learn how to be a better driver. The environment fosters safe driving practices while challenging you as a driver. Not to mention, your learning tool just happens to be a high-horsepower (505) 7.0L V8 engine also known as the Corvette Z06.

To get the most out of the experience, here are some tips and tricks.

Leave the ego at the hotel

Over the years, the most fun I've had dealing with cars happens at the track. Most car enthusiasts will agree.

However, that good time can easily be crushed if there's a sour grape or know-it-all in the group. If you knew it all, you wouldn't be there!

Others will most likely sense your high-horse attitude and not be impressed.

No one likes a wet blanket. Neither in the office nor on the track. Don't be that guy/girl.
Humbling oneself demonstrates to you and your fellow peers that you're teachable, there to improve and (most of all) to have a good time.

Heck, you're at a track. Who could be upset at that?!

Listen

No really, listen: You're driving instructor is there to teach you because they have information that will ultimately make you a better and safer driver, should you choose to accept that his/her knowledge is superior to yours. If you don't understand, ask questions. There's nothing wrong with it and can benefit both you and your classmates.

Tempting, isn't it?

With a performance-oriented vehicle like the Corvette Z06, it's tempting to want to tap into that juicy horsepower right away. Heck, it's even hard for me to hold back. Taking it easy for the first few runs to get accustomed to the 6-speed gearbox and its handling characteristics is a great foundation to build on.

The technology is there to be used in your favour, but if you upset the vehicle sometimes the technology just can't help you. Traction control works best when you have traction! Should you overload your tires to the point where you have no grip, it's not a great place to be.

Listen to the car, feel the car out. The more you work with each other, the better the experience will be.

Always look where you want to go, not where you're going

Our bodies follow our eyes. If you're heading towards a tree in your vehicle, and you're staring right at it, chances are the two of you will meet -- and not on good terms. If you're heading towards a tree, but looking away from it to a place with no obstruction, your body and hands will naturally follow you where you're looking. It's easier said than done, but practice makes perfect.

Have fun (but be smart about it)

Learning is fun. What's more fun? Doing it in a Corvette! If you listen to the instructor, the car and pay attention to what's going on around you, that's a recipe for not only maximizing your experience, but driving away better equipped for the road and track.

Corvette Z06

Photo: Alexandra Straub