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The Dangers Of Motorsport

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The Dangers Of Motorsport
Jan 23, 2012, 6:15 PM

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Title: The Dangers Of Racing

Motor racing is an extremely popular sport in many parts of the world, and brings in millions of dollars every year as a professional sport. For fans of high-speed racing, there is virtually no thrill greater than heading to the track to watch these powerful machines and skilled drivers in action. And, for the drivers, racing usually represents a level of exhilaration that simply can’t be achieved elsewhere in life. However, it must not be forgotten that this sport is also extremely dangerous for a number of reasons. Drivers protect themselves in a number of ways – they wear protective pads and helmets, they have crews standing by for accidents, and they make sure that their vehicles are properly insured with Aviva, among other preparations. But there are still some horrible injuries that can occur at motor racing events. Here are a few words on some of the most common dangers associated with the sport.

• Dehydration – Many people who aren’t serious fans or drivers themselves do not understand the extreme heat involved in many types of motor racing. Temperatures inside racecars can reach extreme levels, however, and all of the protective padding worn by drivers doesn’t help them to cool off. These days, drivers go to great lengths to keep themselves hydrated while racing, but dehydration remains a serious concern associated with racing. It is very easy to sweat out a very large percentage of bodily fluid even during the course of a single race.

• Burns – Another heat-related issue, burns are quite common in racing, for various reasons. To begin with, there are a number of parts of most racecars that heat up easily and extremely, so any time these are accidentally touched a burn is a risk. Additionally, even in smaller accidents, fires are not uncommon, which means that it is always important for drivers to have crews standing by to put out fires. The protective padding on drivers saves them from some burns, but any race involves some level of burn risk.

• Deaths – Unfortunately, people still die in racing as well. While the sport is a great deal safer than it once was, thanks to improved safety features on cars and better protection for drivers, the bottom line is that driving a vehicle at a competitive speed is simply a dangerous practice. As long as this sport continues, there will always be some risk of nastier crashes, which can still kill drivers. Fortunately, again, these occurrences are less frequent than they once were – but there is always some risk.

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