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Here’s How Ford Mustang Drivers Can Avoid Crashing: Video

Ford Mustang drivers sometimes get a little carried away when peeling out from the parking lot, unfortunately for bystanders, who may find themselves in the path of an out-of-control Mustang. Thankfully, Team O’Neil, a driving school in New Hampshire, has some advice for Mustang owners to help them avoid causing a crash and endangering motorists and pedestrians around them.

Wyatt Knox, a driving instructor at Team O’Neil, says that he doesn’t condone doing burnouts while leaving a car show, but if you’re going to do it, he offers pointers for how to make it happen and avoid catastrophe. As for doing a proper burnout, Knox advises against accelerating throughout the maneuver, which can cause the back end of the car to drift and the driver to lose control. Left-foot braking is the correct way to keep the Mustang headed in the right direction, while keeping the reins tight enough to prevent it from going awry.

Now, another scenario where Ford Mustang drivers may find trouble is at intersections. Hard left corners pulling away from stop signs are great places to start a simple drift. Set the throttle, dump the clutch, counter-steer to keep the back end in line, and then rein it in to a mellow stop. Knox says learning to drift can help drivers recognize when they’ve lost control during a burnout and safely regain it.

Knox recommends trying out the aforementioned maneuvers in empty parking lots or on closed courses before attempting them on public roads, of course, and encourages Mustang drivers to learn the ins and outs of left-foot braking for maximum vehicle control.

Check out the video below for tips on how to keep the Ford Mustang headed in the right direction while executing crowd-pleasing maneuvers.

We’ll have more wild videos like this to share soon, so be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Mustang news, and ongoing Ford news coverage.

Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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  1. Lealand

    Pretty cool, but where Mustang drivers get into trouble is after they lose control and don’t know how to recover. They need to do a follow up about recovering after the car loses traction then suddenly gets all that traction back. When traction comes back the car shoots off wherever the front wheels are pointed and people typically overreact in a panic, the car loses traction, and they overreact again until the car is stopped by a curb or person.

    1. Ford Owner

      I doubt a person can stop a Mustang. A tree can.

  2. FakeTrucksForSuckers

    Or… just drive away in a normal manner instead of being a douchebag.

  3. John

    Interesting, the difference is most drivers never grew up on RWD vehicles. That’s all we had in the ’70’s, so what’s the big deal with a late model Mustang after you’ve negotiated ice and snow in one in 1972. My 2013 Boss 302 is no big deal!

    1. Stalkbroker94

      That’s a good point. My first car was a 2006 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor in 2013. I never got stuck in the Iowa snow, which I suppose isn’t particularly bad, but I can’t tell you how many people I met that “needed” AWD vehicles and were willing to pay out of the nose to get it, only to get stuck.


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