Ok, so technically the move is not called a “Death Turn” but if you attempt this, you will probably kill yourself. But, I’m feeling irresponsible and the Supreme Court has ruled that I’m allowed to say it and bear no responsibility if you stupidly decide to try a handbrake turn. A handbrake turn is, obviously, a turn that involves using the handbrake. You execute this move when you want to kill yourself, but stunt drivers and get away folks in films use it when they want to change directions and fast. Let’s get down to it.
First, get going up around 35 miles per hour or so. Any faster and your car will probably just travel backwards rather than coming to a stop, any slower and you’ll end up facing in some awkward direction.
Next, position your right hand across the wheel so it’s on the left (vice versa, etc) as this will really allow you to wrench the wheel as quickly as possible. As most Americans drive an Automatic, right before you want to execute your turn, drop into neutral. Next, as the front bumper passes the point you want to turn at, whip the wheel around to begin the turn.
Just a split second after that turn begins, you’ll want to pull up (or press down) your handbrake. If you’ve done it right, within a second you’ll have brought the wheel back in line and be facing the other direction. Release the handbrake as you switch back into drive and slam the pedal down.
You’ve just performed an illegal and unsafe turn, pull over and wait for the cops.
If you want all the bad-assedness of Death Race but with none of the illegality, can I recommend a stylish jumpsuit, a car with twin racing stripes and a big skull painted on it? Much safer in the long run.
Until next time, don’t try this and don’t blame me if you do!