A few weeks ago while racing at the Independence Motor Speedway, I came close to getting into a first lap disaster. Luckily I grew up in a racing family and my dad taught me what to do and what to watch out for in racing. Special thanks to Chad Kauten and his Local Vizion Youtube channel for capturing the action at the local tracks. BTW we're entering the corners between 80 and 90 mph at Independence Motor Speedway so you have to have quick reactions when something happens directly in front of you. From inside the racecar, all I could see was the red # 8 getting sideways and my vision was blocked by what happened in front of him.

Here's a few of the things my dad taught me that you can use while you're driving on the roadways.

  • 1

    Always Look Past Your Air Cleaner

    In racing and on the highway, so many people fail to look far ahead to see what's coming. Doing so can avoid problems on the roadway. Look far enough ahead of your hood to see what's going on.

  • 2

    Never Trust a Driver

    Never trust a racecar or, in the case of driving on the highway, the vehicle in front of you. Be on your toes and "steer" clear of danger. Don't just use your brakes and hope that helps you avoid trouble. Look for an out and don't stay close or tailgate behind a vehicle when you can see what's in front of you.

  • 3

    Don't Push Your Driving Abilities

    Whether on the track or on the highway, know your road conditions and don't push your luck. Drive to what feels comfortable, but understand if the road is wet or snowy -- things will get slick.