You Can't Just Mash The Go Pedal Like It's Mario Kart

Go-karts are the perfect place to satisfy your need for speed, but you may want to remember that the laws of physics still apply in real life.

It always feels bad to get passed like you’re standing still, but I’ll bet the driver with the helmet cam doesn’t feel anywhere near as bad as the lady who slammed into the tire wall at full speed.

Kart-Cam Guy took some time to let the kart warm up, wiggling it a little to get some heat in his tires. His companion? Not so much.

We all know someone who’s done this, and it may very well be you. Maybe their only experience is on a kiddie kart, governed such that keeping your foot planted on the throttle is perfectly fine. Maybe it’s in certain video games where “more throttle equals win” is the rule. Or maybe they’ve only driven on the street and they’re ready to really open it up on the kart track, but no one gave them a basic briefing on why you need to brake the kart before trying to turn.

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Either way, there was no way she was going to make this turn.

Moderator, OppositeLock. Former Staff Writer, Jalopnik. 1984 "Porschelump" 944 race car, 1971 Volkswagen 411 race car, 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS.

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flyingfrenchy
Flavien Vidal

I have worked at a gokart track... as a marshal. You would never imagine how often this happens. I’ve had someone stuck under a trailer and making it out alive miraculously once... She busted through 2 lines of 4x4x2 tires and stucked herself under the trailer used to carry the Rotax Max and DD2s to other tracks. Another one went straight into the pit lane at full speed, right into a wall. A third one hit another kart so violently that he broke the other kart’s gas tank and the whole thing caught on fire....etc etc etcetc

Most poeple have NO idea how to drive anything else other than an automatic passat. As soon as it merely feels fast (it isn’t) they panick and litteraly FREEZE, the right foot pressing the gas pedal full throttle.

To know that these people can actually drive a real car is frightening.