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High Speed at a High Price: Dangers of Street Racing

July 28, 2016
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Many a young driver has been tempted to hit the gas pedal and see if they can outrun the driver in the next lane. It could very well be possible for some drivers who outfit their cars with aftermarket turbo kits to give a speed boost to their cars.

Too many young people seem to be putting their cars into a shop for speed reasons so they can indulge in street racing. This is a dangerous hobby for lots of young drivers who prefer street racing as tracks are a paid deal and don’t allow drivers to choose their opponent. Quite a few young people are also attracted to the adrenaline rush that racing on the street offers.

While quite a few youngsters fix up their cars and enjoy testing their speed, they may or may not race for money. A lot of young racing groups claim that they don’t race in high-traffic zones and on highways. Instead, they choose empty streets or go to the countryside to race.


Aftermarket aftermath

Vehicle modifications are at the core of street racing and contribute majorly to the potential dangers of the sport. Many new drivers fail to see that vehicle manufacturers test their vehicles stringently in order to determine the safety levels. Modifying a car usually means changing or removing some of its functionalities – like a sports car or high-class vehicle is at a high price point because of its suspension, brakes and steering that can go up to 200mph while still being in control.

Many youngsters drive in the fast lane by removing features they believe will slow them down like traction control. This can really increase the risk many times over. This is also the reason why law enforcement cracks down heavily on aftermarket modifications they associate with street racing. Tinted windows, halo lights, nitrous oxide, aftermarket mufflers among other modifications all come under close scrutiny to distinguish street racing offenders from garden variety speeders.


Finding a balance

Organizations, like Racers Against Street Racing (RASR) are trying to find a safe and legal outlet for this sport. Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has formed the SEMA Action Network (SAN), which is a political action network to take legal action against hobbyists who skip the rules.

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