Challenging The Stereotypes That Driving Experiences Are Just For Men

Challenging The Stereotypes That Driving Experiences Are Just For Men

*I was given two complimentary experiences through
Track Days but all thoughts and opinions are my own

Driving experiences have been around for a long time with the most common being those around supercars allowing you to drive Lamborghini’s, Ferrari’s and Porsche’s and feel like you’re James Bond whipping around the track. There’s also the classic car section where you can drive old-school Mustang’s and Aston Martin’s, but historically this type of activity has always been dominated by men.

It’s still a stereotype that only men are interested in cars, and while men may be far more interested in the full spec of a car and know by looking at a car what it is, that doesn’t mean to say that women aren’t interested in actually driving them. I may know very little about cars but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a driving experience as much as any man.

To try and dispel the myth and see what it’s really all about Track Days organised for me and Luke to head to Heyford Park in Oxford to do a super car and classic car drive at UDriveCars. When we arrived the place was packed as you’re allowed to bring spectators to watch the event and the split between men and women didn’t seem obvious. But after a quick check-in and waiver sign it was time for the briefing and then it became apparent most of the women in attendance were there to watch their boyfriends, husbands or dads race around the track. Out of about 20 people there for our session I was one of just two women which men’s 90% of the drivers were male.

I’m going to be honest I was a little nervous as I’m not the most confident driver so when my name was called to drive the Ferrari 360 Modena I did have a few butterflies in my stomach. The instructors in the car are there not just to keep you safe and aid you with the driving but they’re also there to challenge you and ensure you get the best experience when you’re out on the track and mine did just that. Pulling away in +£100k car was a little daunting especially as it was very fast but the adrenaline kick which driving round that track gave was unlike anything else.

me getting in the ferrari

In the Ferrari driving the straights was such a thrill and hearing the rev of the engine as you zip along was amazing, although I have to admit breaking so late and flowing round those corners was a little daunting but with 6 laps of the track to practice, I did get better. Next up was my classic car which was the classic Ford Mustang Fastback 1968 a left-hand drive car with no power steering a pretty sizeable bonnet.

Naturally the Mustang was very very different to drive, not only was the front a lot bulkier than the Ferrari but as it was a left-hand drive I had to anticipate more of the car being on my right than before which was tricky when trying to keep along the coned edges but it was so nice to experience something totally different, even if our top speeds were a lot slower.

You could tell from the grin on my face as I walked out of the cars that I had a good time but it was just such a unique experience to be driving for pure joy as opposed to just because you need to get from A to B. I honestly don’t know why more women don’t talk part in driving experiences, I think it’s very much an inherent underlying feeling that because you might know how the difference between one car and another, and you don’t understand about the technicals of the cars that you won’t enjoy yourself or it’s not worth spending the money on. When I was told to go over to the Ferrari I may have had to ask Luke which one it was but this didn’t mean that my experience on the track was any less than the experiences the men out there had.

When I was told to go over to the Ferrari I may have had to ask Luke which one it was but this didn’t mean that my experience on the track was any less than the experiences the men out there had. I honestly think if more women just gave it a go they’d realize how unique and amazing the adrenaline boost is.

My experience with Track Days was so smooth and the team at UDrive were exceptional both those briefing you and organizing you out to the cars, and those instructors in the cars who helped me feel confident enough that I could put my foot down on the gas.

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  1. Annemarie LeBlanc
    November 7, 2018 / 6:47 pm

    You are lucky to have driven a Ferrari! Oh my dream car! I wish we had fun activities like that in our area. Anyway, I think women do need to get out there and let go of their doubts and inhibitions when it comes to race track driving.

  2. November 10, 2018 / 3:46 pm

    love this post, i’m desperate to go on one of these days. I think it’ll be great fun, plus a good excuse to put the foot down and enjoy the track. Not sure which car I’d fancy driving though!

  3. November 11, 2018 / 8:38 am

    Oh wow, I’d love to do this someday! I was late in getting my driving license (mid-30s) but now I really love driving. Glad to hear you had a good time!

  4. November 11, 2018 / 4:06 pm

    I think I’d like to give this a go, as I never drive just for the pure joy of it. Loving yoru Children in need hat matched with yo shuroes! Mich x

  5. November 11, 2018 / 4:09 pm

    Ooh this looks like fun! I’d love to do one of these challenges!

  6. November 11, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    Oh wow how lucky you are!!! I would love to try this some day. Lovely article.

  7. November 11, 2018 / 10:17 pm

    YES!!!!! I love everything about this blog post. Go YOU! x

  8. November 12, 2018 / 10:54 am

    This sounds like such a fun experience! If I could drive, I’d certainly be trying out a track day experience!

  9. Bethany
    November 12, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    Oh wow, what a great experience .. I’m glad you challenged the stereotype and proved it wrong !!

  10. November 12, 2018 / 4:22 pm

    Wish I could ride a sportscar. Looks like an amazing experience!

  11. November 12, 2018 / 7:00 pm

    Oh wow this sounds like an amazing experience and certainly not just for men! Im not really into cars (im such a nervous driver even in our little Ford Focus LOL!) However my husband would absolutely love the chance to drive a Mustang one day!

  12. bryanna
    November 12, 2018 / 10:16 pm

    wow!! this sounds like such a rush! I would definitely be pretending I was in Fast and the Furious or something haha

  13. November 13, 2018 / 11:28 am

    I don’t drive but you can tell from reading this post just how much fun you had and you are right, they are not just experiences for me x

  14. November 13, 2018 / 1:52 pm

    I have to confess that I love fast cars and I would totally love a driving experience. I’m so pleased to read that you gave this a go

  15. November 13, 2018 / 2:51 pm

    Wow, that car is something else! I would like to get my eldest daughter to do a driving experience day when she is old enough next year – Just so she can learn to enjoy driving instead of it being getting from A to B as you said.

  16. November 14, 2018 / 1:40 pm

    Oh wow what a cool thing to do – I’d love the drive some super cars, bet it was an awesome experience

    Laura x

  17. November 14, 2018 / 4:04 pm

    Okay, this looks so thrilling.. I’d love to do this one day.

  18. November 16, 2018 / 11:50 pm

    I’m more of a biker chick at heart but that does look awesome!

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