Karting is a Comparatively Safe Sport

Karting, a Safe Sport

In comparison to other types of motorsport, karting is considerably safer. However, many insurers would not agree. Sometimes, kart racers suffer injuries as a result of a crash on the circuit but more often than not, these are only minor injuries resulting in a few bruises. FML has access to a UK insurance underwriter that understands this and is pricing their premiums to reflect this understanding. In the current climate with insurance costs and IPT rising, we are doing everything we can to help keep premiums economical and to show our commitment to this we have also reduced our fees on arranging Karting Insurance for kart operators based in the UK.

One of the reasons karting is safer is down to the design of the karts themselves, with such a low ground clearance they are much less likely to tip over or roll, although it has been known to happen when karts collide with each other, however.

Keeping Drivers Safe...

As with any sport, however, karting entails safety precautions and procedures that need to be adhered to. Every sensible karting driver should already know how to keep safe on and off the circuit. But that doesn't mean that you need be a really good karter to enjoy the sport, in terms of safety, it basically comes down to common sense. Every karting operator in the UK will have a pre-race briefing which will bring to your attention what you need to know so don't worry.

Here are a few general tips:

  • At all karting circuits, there is always a pre-race briefing before the start of any session. During this briefing, a marshall will go over the rules as well as the circuits safety instructions. Always pay careful attention to these important guidelines. The briefing will only take you a couple of minutes so please take it seriously because it’s your safety as well as those you will be racing against.
  • Safety clothing is provided most of the time at the karting venue but it is worth checking before you go. Most operators provide the basics comprising of the karting suit, protective gloves and most importantly your crash helmet. Usually, footwear is not part of the package so it’s best to just bring your own, sensible footwear. When choosing footwear a good pair of trainers that do not have thick soles, this is so that you can have a better feel for the pressure that you are exerting on the pedals. As for serious, semi-pro or professional drivers, the necessary clothes will no longer be needed or provided since they will most likely have their own.
  • We would also advise you to buy some suitable ear plugs that will help reduce the noise associated with the high pitch of the engines and thus avoid any damage to your hearing.

Safety In Terms Of Handling A Kart

There is more to safety than just knowing the rules and procedures, it's also important to understand the mechanics of handling a kart, a kart handles very differently from the average family saloon. This knowledge will increase your safety and will also enhance your experience if it's your first time take it slow at first and get a proper feel for the kart you're currently operating and you may find when you change karts it may handle differently compared to the first.

Some Great Tips For Operators Include:

  • Keeping the maintenance of your karts at the highest possible standard, this improves safety and of course, keeps your karts on the circuit and not in the repair bay.
  • Adding protection, a lot of circuits build safety barriers around the track for instances of crashes.
  • Always carry out regular safety checks of the Go Karts between sessions. Making regular checks may seem like extra work but picking up a problem is better than having to make a claim.
  • Have a good procedure in place for refuelling your karts. having a marshall stand by with the correct fire extinguisher may seem like overkill to some people but we've all seen what happens when things go wrong in F1.
  • If a kart doesn't sound right or is making an unusual noise it might be prudent to omit it from the circuit until the problem can be diagnosed and resolved, apart from the obvious stopping out on track and possibly causing an accident, it can eat up into the session time causing your next party to get impatient.

For all novices though, karting safety measures are not difficult to follow. They are simply practical, straightforward and logical. If kart lovers everywhere always stick to these tips then you should end up a safer karter or karting venue operator.

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