Go karting can be done indoors or outdoors and one good advantage of indoor Go karting is that there is no worry about having to battle against unfavorable weather.
A lot of Go karts nowadays have features that work well when operated indoors such as those Go karts which are battery operated. Ventilation is not required for these types since they do not emit toxic fumes unlike the popular gas Go karts. But that does not mean that Go karting indoors is less fun and exciting than when done outdoors. They still share that same thrilling experience if not more. And as with the outdoor type, indoor Go karting still requires practice to perfect the sport.
For those who are into indoor Go karting or has plans to take karting sessions, these few mechanics might help you improve your driving skills in the track.
The Steering Of The Wheel
Holding the steering wheel the wrong way can mostly affect the usage of your Go kart. It is always best to position your hands in a quarter to three all throughout the round unless going around corners. It is also noteworthy to avoid holding the steering wheel too tightly. Hold it loosely so that the handling will not be affected and hand sores will be avoided.
For most beginners, if not all, braking is not an unusual issue. When turning into corners, pressing down the brake firmly will help avoid unforeseen circumstances such as sudden braking. It is important to balance the pressure you put into pressing the brakes. Pressing it too firmly will cause the Go kart to spin while pressing it too lightly will cause it to run wide.
Use More Of The Lines
For faster and more lap times, one should exploit most of the track. Turning in from the outside of the corners and moving through the inside will make a good technique and will help prevent the slowing down of your lap times. And once you emerge from one corner, automatically head for the outside.
When an opponent attempts to overtake, keep your position in the inside line and do not slow down. This way, it would be more difficult for the driver behind to catch up with you.
Upon approaching a slower driver at your front, you have to close in down the straight in order for you to get alongside him or her. Once done, let the other driver brake first, so that in a little while you can brake and then use a greater speed to go past them.
Some drivers tend to take the defensive line. In this case, you will have to find a line where you will be able to accelerate faster down the subsequent straight.
Adjusting Your Driving Style
This is one of the trickiest aspects of Go-karting indoors. When you lean forward in your Go kart, you adjust your body weight resulting to your front tires having more grips. However, the rear tires get fewer grips and this will result to over steering. To avoid instances like this, you should lean backwards to sort out the weight of your body, which in turn rebalances your Go kart.
Similarly, if your Go kart is suffering from under steering, lean forwards to reacquire balance. There is a fine line between over steering and under steering, so you will need a lot of trying out to get a hold of that right balance.
These are just a few simple mechanics that one should know in order to have a good indoor Go karting experience. But of course, practice makes all of these maneuvers perfect so keep the lines occupied.