FOREST CITY, Iowa – Driving might seem easy, once you’ve been behind the wheel for a year or two, but to truly understand, and know how to handle your car, is an art.
The Minnesota Autosports Club spent the day at Winnebago Industries in Forest City on Sunday hosting one a precision driving competition. The Winnebago parking lot was transformed into a track, and motorists from across the Midwest tried their hand at making it through the obstacles in a timely manner.
Dave Bahl was one of the many drivers who turned out for the event, along with two of his kids. Bahl says that while for their family, competitive driving has turned into a family hobby, there’s so much more to it than just coming in at a good time. “Their driving skills are really improving, and the things that happen now are just instinct,” he explains about his kids. “The stuff that happens out on the course actually translates to street driving.”
Keeping your kids safe behind the wheel is every parent’s goal, but Bahl says he has found a more hands on, and comprehensive way of teaching them how to do that.
Getting hooked on the sport is an easy thing to do, especially for five-year driving veteran Heidi Halverson. She tells us once she did her first competition, she knew she wanted more. Now, Halverson works as the assistant event master for competitions like this, and says she uses her love for the sport to guide others toward better driving.