Many people forget that the brake pedal is just as important, if not more ...
Many people forget that the brake pedal is just as important, if not more important, than the gas pedal during the race or casual drive.
Even though speed is the virtue in any race, control is of utmost importance. Control saves both lives and precious seconds around the bend. Impulse may have us wanting to crank the wheel hard and forgo a cautionary tale the squealing tires are telling, and it’s the most smooth and uninteresting lap that’s usually the fastest.
Smooth and uninteresting laps are all made possible by a brake pedal. As useless as it seems, the brake pedal is the one responsible for calming the vehicle down after the bout of straight-line acceleration.
The kart racer in the video below learns that the hard way. The driver recording seems to have the smooth enough start and is just slowing down and getting ready to take a first corner when another racer jets out of nowhere at full speed, claims the inside of the corner, flies into the barrier without any signs of having found the brakes.
In this case, the brakes could have been malfunctioning, and causing the driver to impact the wall so hard that they were ejected from the kart. In either case, this crash is the perfect example of what happens when there is a lack of control.
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