Should I Take My Car on a Track Day?

Last Updated: January 4, 2024

Track days are becoming increasingly popular among car enthusiasts who want to experience the thrill of driving their own vehicles on a race track. However, as exciting as it may sound, there are several factors to consider before deciding whether or not to take your car on a track day. In this blog post, we will explore the pros and cons of participating in a track day and help you make an informed decision.

Pros of Taking Your Car on a Track Day

1. Unleash Your Car’s Potential in a safe environment

Driving on public roads means adhering to speed limits and traffic regulations. On one of our track days, you have the opportunity to push your car to its limits in a controlled and safe environment, around likeminded individuals. This allows you to experience the full potential of your vehicle and truly understand its capabilities. With only 7 cars out on the track at one time at our Goodwood Track Days, you have ample room to take the day at your own speed.

2. Improve Your Driving Skills

Our track days offer a unique chance to enhance your driving skills. We can arrange for professional instructors to provide guidance and teach you advanced techniques like cornering, braking, and handling. The knowledge and experience gained from these sessions can make you a safer and more confident driver on public roads.

3. Bond with Fellow Car Enthusiasts

Participating in our track days is the perfect opportunity to bond with fellow car enthusiasts. We pride ourselves on having a very fun and relaxed atmosphere, where many friendships have been form. You can engage in conversations about cars, share experiences, and learn from others who have a similar passion for automobiles. It’s a great way to meet new people and expand your network within the automotive world.

Cons of Taking Your Car on a Track Day

1. Potential Damage to Your Vehicle

Driving your car at high speeds on a race track increases the risk of accidents and damage. This is why we operate at low numbers and encourage extra briefings for those who are new to driving on track. Our track days are well organised and have all safety measures in place, however there is always a chance of collision or going off track. This is why it is important to slowly build up your speed and take time to get to know the circuit.

2. Wear and Tear on Your Car

Continuous high-speed driving and aggressive manoeuvres can put additional strain on your car’s components. This can lead to increased wear and tear, potentially shortening the lifespan of certain parts. It’s important to consider that hiring a driving instructor can assist with limiting the strain on your car, as they will show you the best forms of driving to look after your vehicle.

3. Insurance Considerations

Most standard car insurance policies do not cover track day activities. If you decide to take your car on a track day, you may want to consider purchasing track day insurance, of which there are many companies out there who offer policies for this exact activity. Some individuals choose not to have insurance cover, whilst some opt to. It is not a requirement to participate in a track day but instead a personal choice which should be considered.


Deciding whether or not to take your car on a track day ultimately depends on your personal preferences, budget, and risk tolerance. If you’re passionate about cars and want to explore the limits of your vehicle in a controlled environment, our track days can be an exhilarating experience. However, it’s essential to weigh the pros and cons carefully and make an informed decision. If you don’t want to take your own vehicle on track, we offer hire options which you can view here.

Further Reading

We have other blogs which you may find useful:

What is required for a track day? Read here.

Learn how to drive Goodwood Motor Circuit, view here.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact us.