Kick plate challenge at this year's marmalade track day
Ro was one of the lucky young drivers who came to Rockingham with us to join in with a day of amazing driving experiences! Here, she talks about how it felt to drive in adverse conditions, and even a simulated spin on the Rockingham kick plate!
I had the opportunity to go down to Rockingham with Marmalade recently for a super car experience and R3 driving challenges - it was so much fun!
Myself and a group of other Marmalade Ambassadors sat down for some breakfast with quick a quiz on driving safety. I’ll not go in to great detail to save myself some embarrassment but I was only able to answer 13 out of 21 questions correctly. Woops. It turned out I wasn’t as savvy as I initially thought! Did you know that if you try and stop a car in rainy conditions at 40mph you stop a whole 12m further than if it was dry? That is nine car lengths to stop your vehicle. I experienced this first hand with a kick plate making me skid across the road.
I have been driving for a good few years now so I felt pretty confident that I was going to be able to control my car under in almost any conditions…within reason that is.
I got in, and set off with my instructor in the passenger seat yelling “Go, go, go! Faster!”. I accelerated as quickly as possible through the sprinklers on to the tarmac and before I knew it the kick plate pushed the rear of the car out and I was spinning. In that split second I’m not even sure if I took my foot off the accelerator. This was a test of my reaction time under challenging conditions. I was able to steer my way straight again but not before I spiralled across the tarmac. Can you imagine this on the road? I could have collided with other vehicles or worse, hit pedestrians.
I had about 4 attempts and each time my reactions were quicker and I was able to control the car better. This is why I think it is important for all drivers to experience this kind of training as I truly left that exercise feeling more confident of my ability but equally more aware of the dangers of driving in adverse conditions.
I am really pleased that I was able to experience the driving day with Marmalade. As well as it being educational it was SO much fun! I took a Lamborghini around the race track and was taught how to spin some awesome doughnuts. But it was more than that – I got a taste of what it was like to fully lose control of my car, safely. I have no doubts that this experience has made me more aware and strengthened my ability to cope in situations that I have little control over.
Thank you Marmalade for a great day.