How to Drift

Drifting is a technique by which the driver locks the vehicle’s rear wheels when turning while maintaining the control of the car and not allowing it to loose speed. The greatest method for learning the technique of drifting involves using rear drive and standard shift car with a hand brake that is reliable. This is the key to drifting. A continuous practice will allow the driver to drift at any speed because the driver will exactly know what to expect from the car when it enters the drift. One more important part of drifting is to have some spare sets of rear tires because they get worn out quickly than one can think. Here is how it is done.


  • First, make your way to an empty parking lot and set a plastic trash can in the center. Enough space will be needed to approach, circle around the trash can in a drift and then pull out. Be sure that there are no passers by around when you are drifting.


  • Start driving towards the trash can, keep to the right and make a turn of 180 degrees around the trash can, then drive away from the trash can exactly in the same direction in which you drove towards it. Remember the point in which it is positioned.
  • Again, drive towards the can with a maintained speed of 20 – 25 mph and start making the same turn. When the car’s weight is felt, starting shifting in the turn, pull the hand brake as fast as you can and apply light pressure in the gas pedal enough for maintaining the speed. Keep the steering wheel in a steady position and and start drifting in and around the can.
  • When you start feeling the car’s weight shifting to the outside of the turn, release the hand brake. Give slightly more gas to the car while steering in the drifting direction away from the can in the same way you drove towards the can.
  • Repeat the third and forth steps, adjust the timing to engage and hand brake and release it and learn how much gas is to be given to the car for controlling the drifting speed. Once you are comfortable, repeat the third and forth steps again. Only start increasing your speed when you are confident in handling the drift at 45 mph.

Tips & Caution

The tire pressure should be always checked after practicing the drifting. Drifting causes a lot of wear and tear to the tires, they would have to be often replaced to avoid accidents because of tire bursts.