Defensive Cornering

Defensive cornering is a technique which combines speed control, lateral weight transfers and longitudinal weight transfers. This is a way to control your vehicle throughout the entire movement.

First of all you have to understand the weight transfer principles: appreciate the speed and keeping a constant velocity.

Suppose you want to turn left, at this point, when the driver is turnig the steering wheel to the right, the weight of the vehicle is going to move towards the center line.

Weight is everything when cornering, so it is very important to transfer it from side to side. Listen to your body, it will give you the exact information you need to determine the direction of weight in the vehicle. The body moves natturally with the flow of the vehicle. It will move as the weight is transferred through the corners or up a hill or even traveling down a hill.

Defensive Cornering

So, when you want to take a right corner, your vehicle is going to to have it’s weight transferred towards the center line because of the lateral weight transfer fact. The next thing you need to know is that the tires will be also affected by the movement of the weight - they will be scrabbling towards the centre line as well.

Now the last and the most important thing is the speed. If the driver want to speed up when taking the corners his wheel will suddenly decided to slam on the brakes. So, in this case the driver will loose the vehicle’s control, and the weight weight transfer factor would then gain it. The driver would be skidding straight into the center line and across the road and straight into the bank on the other side of the road.

One thing very important to remember is that speeding it can be critical when speeding! You need to know that entering a corner at 50 mph when you should drive at 30 means half death. If you think that you can slow down while cornering, think again: you run the risk of either under steering or over steering.

Suppose you are driving at the right speed when cornering (meaning 30 mph and not more!) then you are allowing yourself the best possible chance to stay firm on the road.

Take this itle advice: when you approaching a corner reduce the speed until the limit point begins to move with you and your view opens up again. This technique takes a bit of practice but it will help you to link your speed with your range of vision and allow you to stop in the distance seen to be clear.


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