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Old 01-11-2009, 05:26 AM   #1
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Default Where you stare when you control your car?

Do you remember where you stare when you drive??
Behind the car or
before the car or
on the car or
next corner or

My choice is on my car, so I always miss the brake point.
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Old 01-11-2009, 07:35 AM   #2
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before the car
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i look in the direction of my car, but not necessarily always at the car itself..
i try to know whats coming up next and maybe ahead of that if the layout permits you to see a corner or two ahead

sometimes though i think i drive on autopilot when i know the track well hehe
whereas other times its like tunnel vision and i focus very specifically on my car and the track edging etc

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I look at the car, but glance ahead every few seconds. It works as long as you get enough practice to know whats coming up and where to be on the track at a specific time.
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I always focus on the people that are looking at my car...bad habit...
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Old 01-11-2009, 10:23 AM   #6
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About 3 feet in front of my car because I try and drive over specific points of the track. Kind of like I am chasing someone in front of me and driving his line.
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At the car, i let my periphials do tha rest.

Depends how big the track and driver's stand is. If the track is large i will look a little more forward, if the drivers stand is high i will tend to let my periphials do the work while i focus on my car.

I try not to think about it though when i'm driving, i do what feels natural.
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Old 01-11-2009, 10:31 AM   #8
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I try to drive well ahead of the car, this helps avoid crashes with someone who's stuck in a pipe or something.

I have a huge blind spot on my left side (bad eye) so I also have to pick carefully where I stand on the drivers stand.

But being also a race director/announcer, calling many races, I have a tendency to watch for wrecks and CALL THEM while on the stand too...so my eyes are always moving.
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At the car, or it will misteriously veer off into the boards if I look at anything else.
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I try to stay focused about 1 or 2 feet infromnt of the car. If I try to look any further ahead sometimes I loose my focus on my car and start paying attention to other stuff, then bingo, time to replace an A-arm.
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At the car, i let my peripherals do the rest.

I try not to think about it though when i'm driving, i do what feels natural.

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Old 01-11-2009, 01:26 PM   #13
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I use my peripherals, and look ahead of my car. The distance ahead i look depends on the track/ how aquainted i am with the car.

But as a_main_attendee said, just do what is natural for you.
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Old 01-11-2009, 01:33 PM   #14
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Mostly on the car. But I want to have good overview so if I know that I'm going to hard part of track then I look little bit before car. I also keep eye on car behind and before me - when we are close on the track. And if I register some crash in front of me then I look before my car. So I mainly focus on my car, but still trying to know what is happening on the track.
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Keep your eyes on the front of your car, using your peripheral vision to navigate apexes, braking points, traffic etc. The most important thing, and people forget this, is to also be thinking 2-3 corners ahead of where you actually are on the track...with onroad, especially complex layouts, the fastest line through a series of corners are often linked together; miss one apex and get out of shape and you may blow an entire section of the track.
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