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Use Your Eyes

People always ask what the most important thing is while driving. For me I always say the eyes. It doesn't matter if it's on the race track or the street, using your eyes directly dictates what your hands and feet do as well. Remember when you learned how to ride a bike? That little bush was the thing you didn't want to hit and when you stared at it, where did you go? You killed the bush. This theory is true with a lot of things. You look where you want to go, not where you don't want to go. Looking ahead is absolutely critical. In racing, we look far ahead to place the car where it needs to be, it allows our mind to stay a step ahead of the car. The faster the car, the further we need to be ahead of it. On the road, our eyes are used just as they are on the track but we are also scanning for dangers. Looking far ahead keeps you from being surprised when the car in front of you slams on the brakes due to stopped traffic ahead, if we look ahead, we can spot the brake lights far beyond what's directly in front of us. Next time you're at a red-light, watch fellow drivers come around a bend. Do they have their heads turned through the corner or do they look frozen and fixated what's a few feet in front of them? So there's my random driving tip of the night. The eyes are your most vital tool whether you're driving in a parking lot or driving 150mph on a race track.

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