So you’re at the dealership and ready to sign your name on the dotted line to pick up your very first sports car, you’re excited and can’t wait to get behind the wheel and hit that gas pedal. Hold up a minute. This is a pretty expensive car and you should at least know how to drive a sports car without crashing it before you hit the road. Here are a couple of things you should do before you end up getting real close and personal with a ditch.
Take a Defensive Driving Course
If you’re buying something that costs six figures and hits 0-60 faster than you can sneeze then you need to learn how to drive it. It is not like driving your Subaru and if you have never driven a stick shift before then it is also time to learn. If you live in a big city then chances are good that there is a track nearby where you can spend a couple of hundred bucks and learn how to drive a Lambo on a Saturday afternoon. It’s worth every penny. Here are some of the things they will teach you.
Get Used to Your Car First
A high end sports car is different, yes that it stating the obvious but the gas, brakes and all of it are touchier than what you’re used to. The car is also closer to the ground and the last thing you want to do is scrape the rims or the paint trying to parallel park. Acceleration is much faster than you are used to so find a fairly isolated place and accelerate and stop in a straight line. If you try it out in crappy weather or on a curve the first time it may not end well.
Don’t Listen to Your Friends
Everyone you know, friend or random stranger at the side of the road is going to encourage you to gun the engine and take off anytime they see you. Don’t do it. It is one thing to satisfy your friend but it is another to put other people’s property or lives in danger. Residential and downtown streets are not the place to show how fast your car can go, you can seriously injure or kill someone. Take your friends out on the highway or a track if you want to show them what your car can do.
You have a beautiful brand new ride and you should thoroughly enjoy for years to come. So take some time and learn how to drive your car first.