Police generally will back off a chase on straight roads when a suspect vehicle reaches speeds that will likely result in a death.
That course gave me a whole new appreciation to F1 drivers
Thank you, Mat. I was aware of some of these techniques, through years of driving, and also by reading and watching racing on TV. Indeed, knowing when to brake and when to accelerate in a turn is key to successful fast driving.
Which is why I considered all of this when I went go-karting last year. I was racing with a pack of 11-year olds and I prepared to crush their little spirits with my decades of driving expertise. I visualized braking into each turn, aiming for the apex and aggressively accelerating into the straightaway.
Except things didn't go as planned. My racing skills were useless as the little tykes--completely devoid of any form of driving experience--simply floored the accelerator the entire circuit. They probably weren't even aware a go-kart has variable speeds.
When I was lapped by a little girl half my height who had never before operated any sort of powered vehicle besides her Barbie camper I knew I had suffered the most humiliating experience of my life. I'm still in therapy.