Street Racing
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Car sports have become much safer in recent decades, and the number of deaths that come in car sports has drop significantly. However, car sports still come with some inherent risks, and some are more dangerous than others. Here are the five most dangerous car sports and the reasons why they are so dangerous.

Street Racing

Street racing is illegal almost everywhere, and it is not hard to imagine why. Vehicles used for street racing contain no special safety features, and many are overpowered and underequipped when it comes to protecting drivers in crashes. In addition, there are no regulations in street racing, and those who participate are at high risk of small accidents that result in severe injuries. Between poor road conditions, inexperienced drivers and reckless attitudes, street racing is the most dangerous car sport by large margin.

Rally Racing

Rally racing is one of the most exciting car sports; it is also one of the most dangerous ones. Rally events are often held in forests, and trees along the sides of the road are especially dangerous to drivers and navigators. In addition, small rally cars have never been faster, and simple mistakes can lead to catastrophic incidents. Rally races are performed on courses so large that a navigator must be present to instruct the driver about what is coming up next. This inherent lack of familiarity makes the sport even more dangerous. What makes rally racing truly stand out, however, is the risk that spectators take. Spectators will sometimes stand on the road and only back away at the last second. Crashes in rally races have led to hundreds of spectator deaths throughout the years.

Open-Wheel Racing

Open-wheel racing, such as F1 and IndyCar racing, pushes vehicles to their limits. The cars used in these events look nothing like cars seen on the road, and accidents often lead to broken bones, concussions and other injuries. According to Car Search Brokers, while these vehicles are especially good at avoiding crashes, when crashes happen, they often lead to severe injuries. In addition, the lack of a roof on these vehicles has led to injuries in the past. Safety has recently improved tremendously, but accidents still lead to traumatic injuries in many cases.

Endurance Racing

Endurance races, such as the Baja 1000, push drivers to their limits. While the vehicles used in these events and the speeds at which races are conducted prevent many severe injuries, tired drivers are much more likely to become involved in crashes than fresh, alert drivers. In addition, many of these races are run at night with insufficient lighting. While each individual crash is unlikely to lead to severe injuries, the sheer volume of crashes encountered makes endurance racing one of the most dangerous car sports.

Demolition Derby

The only sport on this list that is not a race, demolition derby is little more than a series of repeated crashes. Rules help keep drivers safe, and safety measures have been implemented over the years. Despite this, compromised cars cannot always protect their drivers sufficiently, and severe injuries still occur on a regular basis. In addition, demolition derbies are often local events, and there may be little oversight at individual tracks. Still, demolition derbies are safer than they look, and most drivers manage to avoid severe injuries.

Driving is inherently risky, and those who choose to participate in car sports understand the risks. Fortunately, better technology and experience has led to considerably safer sports for participants, and death rates have dropped dramatically in recent years. That said, those who wish to participate will need to ensure that they are aware of the risks that driving cars at high speeds entails.