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How to Drift a Semi-Truck

By: Marissa Brassfield - Published: Aug 19, 2008 • References: blog.streetfire.net
Drifting, a sport and driving technique that involves skillfully skidding the rear tires of a car through a curved track without spinning out, is typically done with fast coupes and sedans, not semi trucks. These extreme truck drivers defy popular ideas of what a drift car should look like, ditching their trailer cabs and heading to the racetrack to make some smoke.

Drifting happens when a car’s front wheels are pointing in the opposite direction of the turn and its rear slip angle is larger than its front slip angle. Advanced drivers induce a drift through several means, including locking their car’s clutch or pulling up the emergency brake.

Drifting a regular car is difficult, even for professionals. Drifting a semi truck is nearly impossible.