Fast Road Driving Techniques Part 2 - Braking
This is the second in the series of articles on fast road driving techniques. The goal of these articles is to turn you into a driver that cover ground quickly and safely without taking risks.
Fast road driving techniques - Part 2 - Braking

How to brake in fast road driving

The good news is, this is one of the easiest fast road driving techniques and is also the one you can practice everywhere, all of the time

The only thing you need to do is brake in a straight line. Always.

If you are braking in a corner when you are driving normally you have made a mistake, you have misjudged the corner and you are correcting your mistake by braking in the corner.

Why is braking in a straight line important?

Tyres have a maximum amount of grip. If you are asking the tyres to corner and brake at the same time the tyres are going to be compromised doing both things. If you want the maximum grip in a corner you only want the tyres working to help you corner. If you want your tyres to give you maximum braking grip, you only want the tyres dealing with stopping you.

And like I said, this is a technique you can practice everywhere, all the time, at any speed.

There are exceptions to this rule.

But these exceptions will not be applicable to a road you do not know.

The only time you will be using the brakes in any part of the cornering is when you are putting some flare into your driving. Braking in a corner can alter the weight transfer and attitude of your car dramatically, for these reasons you only want to be braking in a corner when you know the road extremely well and when you have a clear line of sight through the corner.

And that is the end of this lesson. 99% of the time you want to be braking in a straight line, the car will be more stable and you will be able to travel faster not to mention being more comfortable for your passengers.