How Do You Drift

Social login does not work in incognito and private browsers. Please log in with your username or email to continue. This article was co-authored by wikiHow Staff. Our trained team of editors and researchers validate articles for accuracy and comprehensiveness. How's Content Management Team carefully monitors the work from our editorial staff to ensure that each article is backed by trusted research and meets our high quality standards. There are 11 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. How marks an article as reader-approved once it receives enough positive feedback. In this case, 92% of readers who voted found the article helpful, earning it our reader-approved status. This article has been viewed 2,141,426 times. Drifting is a technique where you cause the back end of the car to slide around a curve. It is commonly used in racing, although many people do it for fun. Drifting is the easiest when you have a car with rear-wheel drive.

Other cars have engines responsible for the front wheels or all 4 wheels.

To start a drift, find a way to make the rear wheels lose traction. The most common way to do this is through the power over technique, where you turn the car's wheel to throw off its weight. There are other tricks you can use with or separately from the power over technique, like a handbrake slide with automatic cars or a clutch kick with manual cars. When done properly and safely, drifting with these techniques can be a very thrilling trick to pull off with your car. Pick a manual transmission car to make drifting easier. Manual transmission cars have a clutch pedal and a gear shift you use to control the engine. Automatic cars take care of this for you. When you're drifting, the extra control enables you to achieve the correct speed and angle required to get around a bend. Tip: You can still drift an automatic car by using the handbrake technique. Pull the handbrake or emergency brake to get the car turning, but don't be surprised if the technique takes a little practice to master! Choose a car with rear-wheel drive for more effective drifting. When a car has rear-wheel drive, the engine controls the rear wheels only. Other cars have engines responsible for the front wheels or all 4 wheels. The rear wheels are what you need during a drift, so a car with a rear-wheel drive system is much easier to control. When choosing a car, figure out what kind of system it has by checking the owner's manual or researching it online.

Improvement over the years! X Research source - Another option is to use a 4-wheel drive car where the engine controls all 4 wheels. The best 4-wheel drive cars are ones that have stronger back wheels. You will have to test drive the car to determine which wheels adhere to the road more. Cars with front-wheel drive are very difficult to drift without a lot of practice. The front wheels control the car in order to prevent it from sliding. You end up understeering, which means the car doesn't turn as much as you desire. Drive on worn-out tires for an easier time starting a drift. Worn-out tires have less traction, so your car slides more easily when you round a bend. The front tires don't matter as much, but using old rear tires makes a difference if your car doesn't drift well. Try saving a spare set of tires to put on your car before you practice.

Young girl anime character poster Inexpensive tires, even if they are new, often can help with drifting. X Research source - Many cars come equipped with automatic stability or steering control systems. Turning these systems off makes drifting much easier if a change of tires aren't enough to make a difference. However, driving without these systems is dangerous unless you're good at controlling the car. Select a safe spot away from traffic to practice drifting. Drifting is dangerous and should never be done on busy roads, near buildings, or anywhere else you might hit something. Ideally, find a racetrack you can practice on. Otherwise, look for a deserted parking lot and place a barrel on it to drift around. X Research source - Search online for racetracks in your area and contact the owners. You may be able to book time where you have the track all to yourself. Driving when the road or track is damp can also make drifting easier. Try going out after a light rain or a little snow. Keep in mind that the slippery surface can make drifting even more dangerous than usual. Head toward a turn at about 30 mi (48 km) per hour. This is the ideal speed for sliding around the bend. If you have a manual gear shift, put the car into second gear and rev the engine up to 3,000 RPM.

If you go too fast, you may lose control during the drift. If you go any slower than this, you may not have enough speed to get all the way around the bend. X Research source - In drifting, speed isn't the most important part. Good control is necessary for both destabilizing the car's balance and also keeping you safe while drifting. Turn the steering wheel in the direction of the bend. As soon as you enter the turn, begin turning toward it. Spin the wheel gently and without a lot of force. This will set you up for the drift, but you're not quite ready to start it yet. Keep the car close to the inside part of the turn for now. X Research source - Keep your hands on the wheel so you're ready to maneuver it at all times. In a power on, it is responsible for the drift as well as the car's positioning. Spin the wheel toward the corner while applying the throttle. Try to do both simultaneously. Press down hard on the gas pedal and turn the wheel with force this time. If the move was successful, you will feel the car begin to spin as the back wheels lose traction. X Research source - If you're having a hard time starting the drift, using the handbrake or clutch could help. Combine the handbrake or clutch kick technique with the power over.

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Steer away from the bend to begin drifting around the turn. Be quick about it to keep control of the car. If you're successful, the car will point toward where you want to go. Remember to turn the wheel with force to straighten out the car. Also, continue pressing on the gas to apply even more throttle. X Research source - If you don't apply enough force, the car's back end will come all the way around, causing you to spin out. Tip: Be careful about neglecting the gas pedal. It's easy to forget to use the throttle at this point, especially if you're not used to drifting. Straighten out the car once you get around the bend. Let go of the throttle to reduce your speed. As the car begins stabilizing again, gradually rotate the wheel back toward the bend. Focus on moving the car toward where you want to go. X Research source - Once the front part of the car gets around the bend, you can begin driving toward the road. As soon as the car is stable, you can also press down on the gas to drive away. Approach a turn at about 30 mi (48 km) per hour.

This speed may seem too low, but it is enough to get around the curve without losing control of the car. Use the gear shift to put the car into second gear. Also, watch the tachymeter on the dashboard as you bring the car up to 3,000 RPM. X Research source - Contrary to what you might expect, speed isn't the essential part of drifting. Instead of going for a speed record, enter the bend at a reasonable pace that will allow you to control the car without spinning. Flick the wheel to the side as you begin turning around the bend. If you have room, steer the car to the outer edge of the road and then drift toward the inner part of the turn as you approach. This will give you plenty of opportunity to arc the car around the curve by turning the wheel slightly. Once you come upon the turn, flick the steering wheel in the opposite direction, away from the turn. Tip: Drifting is all about timing, and getting the timing down pat can be tough at first.

Pull the handbrake and press the clutch to destabilize the back wheels.

Remember that you're trying to move the car in a gradual arc around the turn. It isn't like trying to go around a sharp corner. Pull the handbrake and press the clutch to destabilize the back wheels. Push the clutch down hard to open up the throttle. If you're too gentle, you may not generate enough power to initiate the power slide. At the same time, pull the handbrake up to cause the rear wheels to lose traction. Once you feel the car begin to slide, you can focus on bringing it around the curve. X Research source - With some vehicles, accelerating and turning may be enough to initiate the drift. Many vehicles handle well enough that a sudden pump of the handbrake is also required. Oversteering happens when the car car turns more than you expect. If your car is in the right position, oversteering will allow you to power slide around the bend. Accelerate while approaching the middle of the turn. Let the car continue to slide. Leave the handbrake alone for now, but prepare to release the clutch as soon as you step on the accelerator. Step down hard on the pedal to keep the tires spinning. The extra power will help you get through the turn. X Research source - Keep your foot on the gas pedal. Finishing a drift doesn't require much acceleration, but make sure your car doesn't have an opportunity to slow down.

If you feel the car turning too far to complete the drift, more acceleration usually helps. Too much could cause you to spin out, though! Steer toward the curve once you're halfway through it. Maintain your speed and trajectory as you enter the turn. Once you get about halfway, turn the steering wheel to point the car in the direction you want to go. Keep it pointed toward the inner part of the road ahead. As you drift around the curve, the car will continue to turn a little until you have a chance to straighten it out. X Research source - You're going to be busy trying to maintain the car's balance and direction at the same time. Remember to keep your foot on the gas while steering and watching where the car is headed. Use the throttle more if you need the car to turn more. Increase the throttle by pressing down on the gas pedal. It opens the throttle, which lets more air into the engine.


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