Driving Tips

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Driving Quick Tips Videos by one of Sim Racers Indonesia’s official partners, Speedsecrets.com (Driving/Racing Coach: Ross Bentley)

  1. Driver Coaching
    Talks about performance & race driver coaching – the advantages, the approach, and his experience.

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  2. Advanced Vision: Where to Look on the Track
    A new way to look at how you should use your vision while driving on the track.

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  3. Focus: The Mental Game of Driving
    A key mental game strategy, a surefire way to manage your focus.

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  4. The 100% Tire Rule for Performance & Race Drivers
    about how you have to manage your tires to maximize their traction, sharing braking, cornering and acceleration traction – that leads to speed.

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  5. Managing Your Behavioral Traits On Track
    Managing one’s behavior behind the wheel is critical. But how do you do that? Talks about your personality traits, and how to tweak them to your benefit.

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  6. The Key to Speed: Brake Release
    Talks about when and how to release the brakes to maximize your cornering speed.

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  7. On Throttle: Coasting
    Talks about the exception to the rule about never coasting. In fact, he tells you when and where waiting to begin accelerating will lead to faster lap times.

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  8. Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
    Talks about how to manage that, and turn it into an advantage.

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  9. The Most Important Corner
    Which is the most important corner on a race track? Determining which corner is the most important is not as straight forward as you may think. And what most people think may not be right, as Ross Bentley points out in this video.

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  10. Using An Early Apex
    Talks about two successful pro drivers’s approach to the cornering line.

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  11. Learning From Your Mistakes
    The mental game of driving is critical to your driving performance and how you handle mistakes is a critical part of it.

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  12. Why Smooth Is Fast
    Talks about how smoothness leads to faster speeds, and explains why.

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  13. Lazy 8s Vision Exercise
    This is a short video demonstrating how to do the Lazy 8s vision exercise that helps your eyes stay flexible, and therefore, take in more quality information while driving.

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  14. Focus Stretch Vision Exercise
    This is a short video demonstrating the Focus Stretch exercise that helps your vision change focal points quickly, and ultimately improves your driving.

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  15. Cross Crawl
    A short video demonstrating the Cross Crawl exercise, used to integrate your brain, and help you perform better on track.

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  16. Using Mental Imagery to Drive Faster
    Mental imagery – otherwise known as visualization – is an important mental game strategy for race drivers.

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  17. Racecraft: Race Starts, Passing & Being Passed
    Tips on passing and being passed – and even race starts – are critical. In this Speed Secrets Quick Tip, Ross Bentley provides you with what you’ll need to be a better racer.

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  18. How to Practice Your Driving
    A key to improving is how you approach your practice time. Ross Bentley share his strategic approach to practice, to maximize your learning opportunity.

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  19. Left Foot Brake or Right Foot Brake?
    Whether to use right- or left-foot-braking in your performance or racing driving is not an easy decision. There are pros and cons to each, and he talks about the challenges of left-foot-braking in this video.

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  20. Sensing the Car’s Limits
    Drivers can improve their ability to sense the limits of the car.

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  21. Steering Speed
    Talks about the differences in how quickly you should turn the steering wheel in slow and fast corners.

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  22. Trail Brake or Not?
    Trail brake, or don’t trail brake? This video gives you a general guideline about when and where to trail brake, and when and where not to. Trail braking is a bit of a controversial topic because so many drivers have different ideas about when to use it – and even what it is! his goal with this driving tip is give you an edge to help you be a faster driver.

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  23. Why Some Drivers Are Faster?
    There’s more than one reason, but a significant reason is how they use their senses to pick up information about the track and their car. In this video tip he describes what that means, and give you advice on how to develop those skills further yourself. This is the most productive strategy for improving your driving that he’s ever experienced.

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  24. Use All The Track
    Talks about the importance of using every single inch of track surface. You’ll never be a really fast performance or race driver without using all the track.
  25. How to be Fast in the Rain
    Racing in the rain, or just driving in the rain on the track is tricky business.

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  26. Breathing The Throttle to Drive Faster
    There are times when the best way to drive faster is to ease up – or “breathe” – the throttle. Yes, to go faster, you lift off the gas! He explains when and where – and even the “what” – in this driving tip.

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  27. Use A Taller Gear
    A mistake many performance and race drivers make is using too low a gear when driving through some corners. Often, using a taller gear forces you to work at carrying more momentum through the turns.

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  28. Oversteer: What Is It & How Do You Control It?
    Oversteer. While it’s a common term used in performance and race driving circles, it’s important to be very clear on what it is – and more importantly, how to control it. Talks about what causes oversteer, and how to manage it.

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  29. How To Adapt To Handling Problems
    The best performance and race drivers know how to adapt to handling problems. Talks about the best ways to adapt your driving to manage handling problems.

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  30. Rule of 3
    Your approach to every session you drive on track dictates how much you will improve, talks about “The Rule of 3”.

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  31. Drive Faster By Using The Curbs on a Race Track
    A big question performance and race drivers face is whether to drive over the curbs or not. He share his thoughts about when to use them, when not to, and why.

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  32. Driver Coaching at Le Mans
    “How do you coach at Le Mans, where the track is so long?” He asked that a lot, so he put this video together to explain.

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  33. Build Cornering Forces to Drive Faster
    Tires have only so much grip, and how you build up to it will partly determine where that limit is. Talks about the rate at which you want to build up cornering forces to maximize grip – so you can drive faster.

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  34. Win More Races: Practice Like You Race
    One way to win more races is to make practice more effectively. Talks about why it’s so important to practice like you’re wanting to race.

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  35. Heel & Toe Downshifting
    Is heel & toe downshifting an old, out-of-date technique? Should you learn to use it? If you do use it, want a tip or two that’ll help make you even better at it? Watch this video tip to answer these questions.

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  36. Use Your Seat
    We all know that a proper seat plays a big role in being able to drive on a track well, but just how big a difference does it make? In this video He shares a story that’ll answer the question.

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  37. Use Your Mind
    If you can’t do something in your mind, you’re unlikely to be able to do it on the track. That’s the theme behind this tip where He discusses the use of mental imagery.

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  38. “Didn’t Work, Try Again”
    The first few times you try something – a change in driving technique or car setup – may not work. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t keep trying it. He explains the benefits of doing so in this video tip for performance and race drivers.

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  39. Practice on the Street to Drive Faster on the Track
    If you spend more time driving on the street than you do on the track (and I suspect you do!), then use that time to practice – to make you a better performance or race driver. And you don’t have to drive illegally to do so.

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  40. When Smooth Is NOT Fast
    We’re told smooth is fast, over and over again. But, there’s one area of performance and race driving where you might be too smooth. In this video tip He talks about that one area (hint: it has to do with braking) to help you drive faster.

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  41. 3 Keys to Learning to Race
    There are 3 things you need to be good at to win races: driving your car to its limits, driving the track, and racecraft. As you learn, if you’re able to break these up and focus on just one or two of them at a time, you’ll learn more in less time. That’s the topic of this Quick Tip – one He knows will help you win more races.

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  42. A Light Grip on the Wheel
    Take a lesson from guitar players and golfers, and relax your grip on the steering wheel. In this Quick Tip, he gives you a specific target to aim for in terms of the amount of pressure you grip the wheel with. It’ll make you a faster performance or race driver.

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  43. Benefits of a Late Apex 
    We’re so often told to late apex, but why? What are the benefits of a later apex? And is it always the way to drive a corner? Those are the topics He covers in this Quick Tip, with the goal of making you a faster driver.

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  44. How to Be a Fast Qualifier & Win More Races
    Many drivers are faster in the race than they are in qualifying. If that’s you, and you want to learn to improve your qualifying performance, check out this Quick Tip. Then go put your car on the pole!

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  45. Make Your Car Show Its Weakness & Drive Faster
    Every car has a weakness – a handling limitation that is holding you back from driving faster. If your car is not showing its weakness, you’re not driving it close enough to the limit. As He talks about in this Quick Tip, make the car show its weakness.

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  46. Rotating The Car to Drive Faster
    What does “rotate the car” really mean, why would you want to do this, and how do you do this? That’s what I talk about in this Quick Tip – and it’s all about helping you drive faster.

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  47. Prioritizing Corners on the Race Track
    Common advice is that the most important corner on a race track is the one leading onto the longest straightaway. That’s a myth. As He explains in this Quick Tip, there are more important corners on a track – ones that will provide you with an advantage over other performance and race drivers if you focus on perfecting them.

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  48. Short Shift to Drive Faster
    Shifting at the redline is not always best for maximizing your speed around a race track. By paying attention to the rate of acceleration, and where you might shift a little early in between corners on a race track, you may be able to drive faster.

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  49. Make Notes on Track Maps
    One of the simplest and most effective ways of improving your driving is to make hand-written notes on a track map after each session driving on the a race circuit. In this Quick Tip He explains the benefits, as well as what you should make note of.

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  50. Different Corners, Different Turn-ins & Apexes
    Different corners require different rates at which you should turn the steering wheel, as well as where you should apex the corner. In this Quick Tip for performance and race drivers He provides a general guideline as to when and how you should turn into corners, and where you should apex them.

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  51. Understeer: What Is It & How To Control It
    He explains what understeer is, and how best to control it. If you want to drive fast, if you want to drive at the limit, then you need to know how to manage understeer. Understanding the what and how of handling characteristics is key to driving fast.

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  52. Minimize Change In Speed
    The common advice, “Go into corners slow and come out fast” is a good place to start, but to be a really fast performance or race driver you need go into corners fast, and come out even faster. In other words, you need to minimize the amount you slow down. In this Quick Tip H talks about what I call the “Change in Speed” problem – the problem of over-slowing the car.

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