As a proud Mustang owner with three, let’s be real: there are just some drivers that make the rest of us look like idiots behind the wheel. Sure, we may seem challenged when it comes to driving in a straight line – especially when we are around curbs.
I’d like to be clear that while we laugh it off and make fun of ourselves with various hashtags, bumper stickers, and “Mustang fail” videos, some of the people in those videos were likely injured as a result of an independent owners actions. Not all of the instances floating around online were preventable, but many of them are. All of us at Power & Performance do not condone reckless driving behavior under any circumstances.
With our PSA noted, we can admit that we laughed throughout many of the videos, we have showcased a #pleaseinsertcrowdhere bumper sticker once or twice, and we find the Mustang Powerslide Guide to be hilarious.
Many of these “Mustang fails” have occurred as a result of a decision to powerslide. At exactly the wrong time. Or place. Or at all. Our friends over at Euro Sport Tuning have created a decision tree to help fellow Mustang owners make better decisions about when to powerslide.
This handy chart gives Mustang owners enough time to pause and ask themselves a few vital questions before maiming a curb, ripping off a bumper cover, tapping a few innocent bystanders or worse.
“Why are there so many powerslide mess-ups in Mustangs? Possible contributors could be a heavy engine, short wheelbase, and some have an open rear differential,” says Frank Derks, director at EuroSport Tuning. “But we all know the main factor with these Mustang incidents is the driver. That’s why we decided to build the chart.”
The decision tree gently guides the would-be powerslider through a series of “crucial” yes or no questions. Before a Mustang driver initiates a drift toward a power slide, the driver must decide if it’s imperative to one up the kid in the WRX, to show the fans a little something extra when exiting Cars & Coffee, or to powerslide oneself out of a bout with low self-esteem.
“Of course, the whole graphic is just for fun,” Derks says. “As Porsche and BMW enthusiasts, we understand why some people want to powerslide their Mustangs. We’d like you to put on your seat belt and practice in vacant parking lots first. Keep yourself and your ride safe.”
Protect your friends – please share “The Mustang Powerslide Guide.”