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" statistics show that 49 people are injured for every 1,000 who participate in illegal street racing."


How Teen Race Car Drivers Can Stay Safe On the Tracks

by Sally Writes


sally writesFor decades, American teens have been enamored with fast cars and have been known to drag race in various parts of the country. This illegal activity has drawn thousands of teenagers to take to the streets, but it has also resulted in a lot of untimely deaths over the years. Statistics show that 5,749 teens died in the US from motor crash injuries back in 1999, while nationwide statistics show that 49 people are injured for every 1,000 who participate in illegal street racing. Meanwhile, other teens who aspire to make their love of speed a lifelong and legitimate career have gone into track racing, and this year, NASCAR’s Next Class includes seven teenagers, with the youngest member aged 15 years. While succeeding in this sport takes some talent, it’s also imperative that teenagers take certain measures to stay safe while on the tracks.


Causes of serious racing injuries

Although race car drivers usually take the utmost care to protect themselves from getting seriously hurt during races, all it takes is one slip to cause driver deaths and other injuries while you’re on the tracks. According to experts, some of the major causes of a race car driver’s injury or demise include blunt force trauma, penetrating trauma, spinal cord injuries, and sudden deceleration injuries. Blunt force trauma results in broken bones and soft tissue injuries. Penetrating trauma to an extremity is often non-lethal, but an injury such as this to the abdomen, chest, neck, and head can be fatal. Meanwhile, sudden deceleration injuries can occur when the body is forcibly stopped during a car crash, but the contents of the body cavities remain in motion due to inertia. This type of injury can cause damage to the brain and the aorta.

Apart from learning basic teen driving safety tips, young adults should wear the right gear, be adequately prepared, and learn all they can before racing. Racing is an exhilarating sport that can be beneficial to teenagers, but it also requires discipline and focus to succeed. Here are a few things that teens can do to stay safe during races.

Prepare your car

If your teenager is just starting out, his or her car doesn’t have to have all the bells and whistles, and neither should you be concerned about making modifications at this point. Check that the car’s brake pads and tires are in good condition and that the vehicle has all the fluids in order for it to work properly. Check that your seat and seatbelt are securely attached, torque your wheels, and flush your brakes.

Get a good helmet

Wearing a crash helmet can mean the difference between life and death in the event of a car crash. Teens should wear a helmet that can withstand impacts from a crash and flying debris. If you don’t have a helmet, you can always rent them while you’re practicing on the track.

Take care of your health

The night before going on the tracks, make sure to get enough sleep, and teenagers should never drink alcoholic beverages or use drugs if you’re thinking about making a career out of racing. On the day of your race or practice, stay hydrated and bring a few healthy snacks to keep your energy levels up.

Get coached by a professional

To stay as safe as possible, it is recommended to get some coaching from a professional race car driver. A good coach will not only keep teen drivers safe but he or she can instruct you to be faster and more consistent.

Racing on the tracks is one way for teenagers who love fast cars to use their talents in a constructive way. Follow these tips to stay safe while racing as you work your way towards making a name in the industry.


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