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Guys. Guys. Come on.

You know our DBU? The Driver Behaviour Unit? They're the kind ladies and gentlemen who help our drivers that need advice to improve and earn their discounts.

Usually, they'd be talking about how to naturally cut your speed on the approach to roundabouts, how to work on your cornering feedback - you get the gist.

But just lately, they've been hearing from a lot of people who've been...wait for it...doing doughnuts in carparks.

Does doughnutting affect my cornering feedback?

If you just think about that for one second - how you're turning in tight circles, really fast - you might be able to answer your own question.

You get poor cornering feedback when you turn sharply, or at speed. So...yeah.

Why are you even doing this?

It may seem like a hilarious thing to do of an evening but it's crap for your tyres, crap for your handbrake, crap for your brakes, suspension, wheel bearings and pretty much everything else expensive to fix.

Aaaand you can get arrested and charged with dangerous driving. You can have your car seized. Fancy an ASBO? That's how you get an ASBO.*

When you're turning in these tight circles, you're not in full control of the car. The potential for smashing into another car or a line of trolleys is pretty high. And that's going to rinse your insurance.

Basically, if you need your car and your licence, give up doughnuts. They're bad for you.

Not been doughnutting but still need a bit of help with your cornering feedback? It's right here.

* ASBOs may not exist anymore. Showing my age there.

Honor Clement-Hayes

By Honor Clement-Hayes

Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate. Follow her on .

  • Snoopy Loopy

    If I doughnut where there is no risk of hazard then what’s the problem? If it damages my car that’s my problem. Don’t force your opinions on to us.

    • Hey Snoop,

      The risk with doughnutting is that you’re not in control of the car. If your mate is standing to the side admiring your skills and you hit them… You’re in a whole world of trouble.

      If you have a policy with ingenie, your cornering feedback is going to be affected by doing this so we just don’t want customers not to realise. It’s also a really silly thing to get arrested for so best avoided.

      Edible doughnuts are, of course, perfectly acceptable.


      • Snoopy Loopy

        Point taken. Just your sensibleness slightly infuriates me.

        Kind regards

        • Ha! When you work in road safety and insurance, sensibleness sort of comes with the territory.

          Sorry to be infuriating, Snoop.

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