The Art of Street Racing

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Life is better when it is lived in the fast lane which is why racing has earned a spotlight. There’s something about putting the pedal to the metal that makes people go nuts and it has gotten out of control. Street racing has a huge following despite it being a risky business. It has been part of America’s underground scene for so long that it could be considered as an ‘epidemic’. Illegal sreet racing is the big elephant in the room that contributes a percentage to the mortality rate in the US yet it is still making rounds. Los Angeles being one of the popular hotspots harboring illegal racing events. 

As proved by the Fast and the Furious franchise and the Need for Speed game series, society is naturally transfixed with cars, racing and everything in between. Pushing the speed limit is one way to make one’s adrenaline levels shoot through the roof that some people are willing to evade authorities just to experience the blood-rushing, heart-pumping feeling of driving a revved-up car. When racing is done illegally, the finish line is often not so victorious. Satisfying the need for speed sometimes comes with a price – human life.

Big screen or not, racing allures a lot of people. The screeching tires, clouds of dust, and the sweet sound of a roaring engine is a scene worthy of a blockbuster movie. Though in reality, the higher the speed, the higher the chances to bite the dust. Highly-modified stock cars are taken to the streets where the asphalt is smooth and in the best possible condition to go on full-throttle. This is usually organized in remote streets and roads in the middle of the night. The race streets will be also be closed up to elude attention, crowds and of course, police accompanied by a tow truck similar to this website. The phenomenon attracts a wide audience, and a lot are in their youth. Though some races occur spontaneously when a car prompts another to race to a stoplight or a stop sign. 

This banned practice puts a lot of lives on the line. Records will show that a huge percentage of casualties from illegal street racing is comprised of civilians and bystanders. It is a blast to go as fast as your wheels can take you but only if you understand the risk. 

Motorsports such as Nascar, Formula One, Rallycross and others are events that make racing legitimate by providing a safe environment and setting standards, protocols and limitations that uphold safety.

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