How do you drift an automatic car?


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Drifting is a motor sport and a driving technique in which the driver oversteers the car causing loss of traction in the rear wheels through corners while preserving control and a high exit speed. Drifting is dangerous and illegal on the street. There are several ways in which a driver can drift an automatic car.

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The easiest and most common way is the hand brake technique, which is best for beginners. First, practice the 180-degree turn. In an empty lot, set up a cone in the middle. Rip the handbrake when you have almost reached the cone in an attempt to perform a 180-degree turn. Practice this technique until you are no more and no less than 180 degrees from where you started.

The 90-degree turn is very similar to the 180-degree turn. This requires controlling how hard you rip the brake. Practice until you are no more and no less than 90 degrees from where you started. Make sure to keep the car going after the drift.

The 360-degree turn, or “donut,” requires more hand brake and acceleration control together. It begins in much the same way as the 180-degree turn. When the car begins to drift, tap on the gas pedal to give more spin to the rear tires so the drift keeps going. This is more difficult for the beginner because too much gas causes the car to oversteer too quickly and too little gas makes the car keep sliding.

Drifting can damage a car and, for this reason, car maintenance is very important. Before practicing drifting, ensure the car is in good working order and consult the factory service manual. Because drifting is often dangerous, it is important to practice in a safe environment like an empty lot or at a local drift event.

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