- ''See tray for butler trays or food trays
Traying or "doing trays" refers to a driving technique that is similar to drifting. Trays are performed when a fast-food tray is placed under the rear tires and then engaging the handbrake. After this is performed the driver goes forward turning the steering wheel so that the rear slip angle of the car is greater than the front slip angle. causing the car to spin.
It is not known who invented traying or when it was invented. But with help from Youtube
many teenagers and young adults have tried to imitate the stunt and posted their own results online, tempting more people to try it on their own.
Trays may be done because they give the driver an experience of what drifting is and also because traying only wears down the trays versus traditional driftng where the rear tires are worn down and it puts the car in a lot of stress.
This type of "drifting" can only be produced in FWD
cars since it is the front wheels are which steer and propel the car forward, versus RWD
in which the car is propeled by the back tires or both the back and front tires. Attempting to do trays with such cars could wear down the brake pads on the rear wheels damaging the rotors
and thus the tray technique can not be performed.
Performing trays can be seen as illegal because most fast-food trays are stolen from the fast-food restaurant and/or because it can be seen as reckless driving and be punished by law. That is why most trays are done in large and secluded parking lots where the drivers can do the trays without public attention.
For videos of trays or traying see external links.
- A simple traying video