Today’s video, first of all insignificant, unspectacular, even perhaps boring ? Really? It tells a story of pollen grains in a few simple impressions. When pollen grains and moisture meet up at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, and you as a driver are involved, too – things are changing rapidly to significant, spectacular, far from boring !
It has not necessarily to be the Nordschleife; it might happen somewhere else, in daily traffic on our roads, too. In any case: it is insidious and difficult to assess. Now let us have a look back at a trackday in last spring, Nordschleife.
April, white road surface: snow? No, pollen grains. After a short time of driving, the dry racing line is clean – but then very slight rain, every now and then. The scenario changes dramatically: not snow, but almost like snow. The pollen grains and the moisture interfere, it is an incalculable soft soap grip level. Reducing speed, trying to remain on the right track – not the best feeling!
Real rain would help, but does not come. In this case: preferably really wet than just humid! The day is coming to an end: drying road surface, a quite acceptable ideal line, at its side still white covered by pollen grains. Car and driver well, another lesson learnt – after decades behind the steering wheel. You live and learn!
Think and look around before you drive; when your environment and parked cars are powdered with pollen grains, your attentiveness should be turned in while driving – be it on track or on road. Do not forget: once, springtime is just around the corner, year after year!
See you next Friday. - God bless you, all the best! The Castiron