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Go Karting Track Regulations

Updated on January 19, 2013

Go karting is a fun and exciting sport. It has significantly increased in popularity lately with the emergence of more and more inside or outside race track circuits. Either for the highly skilled or family oriented, the kart tracks are wide-ranging in layout and designed to test the driver at all levels. Professionally operated tracks abide by certain rules and regulations in regards to necessary safety issues and it therefore benefits to have an ideal of what these are.

Appreciating the Circuit

Every go karting track distinguishes itself from any other by the varying signals, layouts, and designs available. On a more basic family orientated circuit, the basic go-karting rules relate to being respectful to other go-kart drivers and abiding by an accepted distance between the other vehicles. Also, if a problem should be experienced with a go-kart, a driver should simply pull to the side of the track and making sure to never step on an active and in use track. Although, if racing on a more professional and competitive karting track, it will be necessary to abide by several additional rules, from wearing the right safety gear to understanding the various flag and light signals.

Protective Clothing & Equipment

A basic rule to go-karting is to at least wear a crash helmet even on the slower, family orientated circuits. A go-kart is likely to come equipped with a safety harness or seatbelt to make sure a drive is well-secured in the event of a collision. If racing at speed on the more competitive circuits then it might be a need to wear the right fire-resistant clothing. Also, some go karting track leagues might insist on drivers wearing a full crash helmet with fitted neck brace.

Flag Rules and Regulations

If racing a karting circuit with face flags or lights in operation, it will be necessary to have a competent understanding of the meaning for the different flags. A flag waved by a course marshall is likely to consist of Green for free to race; Yellow for expect a problem, slow down; White for last lap of the race; and Red for stop racing.

Avoid Reckless or Dangerous Driving

Even if racing one of the lower-performance machines, a go-kart is likely to be a hazardous piece of machinery if handled inappropriately. A go-kart is a small and nimble machine, with a fuel-tank near to the driver, and offers the ability to go very fast. A key rule that is learnt early on in is to avoid reckless driving as this has the potential to flip or damage another go-kart.


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