Racing Safety Accessories – A Beginners Guide

Regardless of the type or class of racing you are looking at entering, you’ll need to look at purchasing a number of basic (and in some cases, more advanced) motor racing safety products. forklift parts and functions Some products are optional but in many cases – such as with motor racing helmets, or fire proof race suits – it is often a case of have one and race, or don’t have one, and don’t race.
Of course, you’ll need to consult the rules and regulations of your individual racing series, but the following guide should give you some idea about each of the more common types of racing safety products.
Racing Suit
Almost all motorsport in the UK will require the use of an FIA / MSA approved racing suit. In all but the rarest of cases, this suit will need to be made from a flame-resistant material such as nomex. Manufacturers such as Sabelt produce racing suits for all sorts of budgets – expect to pay from around one hundred pounds up to several thousands, depending on your race series’ regulations.
HANS
HANS stands for Head and Neck Support, a shoulder-mounted frame which is attached at the top to your racing helmet. The HANS helps protect your neck in the event of an accident by keeping your upper chest in line with your head at all times – preventing whiplash and the other common neck injuries which are frequently caused by motor racing incidents. Although the cost of many HANS devices may appear prohibiting, always bear in mind that – as in so many things – you get what you pay for. HANS devices are a professional racing safety product and are effectively a vital addition to your motor racing safety armoury – especially in the higher echelons of the sport.
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Many racing series specify the installation of specially-designed in-car racing fire extinguishers, such as those produced by Sabelt. These fire extinguishers differ from regular domestic or commercial-application fire extinguishers as they are specifically designed to be used in closed environments (car cockpits, for example) rather than in the open air, and/or whilst the car is moving. They are also designed to control and put out all sorts of fire. For example, fires which have been caused by petrol or an electrical fault would, in other circumstances, require the use of multiple (different) fire extinguishers. Motor racing-specific fire extinguishers can tackle both of these types of fire.

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