If you’re planning on visiting the Speedway race track in Indiana this year, you’d better get used to the cold. The popular speedway will close down for the winter on November 1, 2019, and will reopen in April 2020. However, during the winter months, the surface of the racetrack can be very icy and dangerous. That’s why it’s important to know the rules of operation for the facility during the winter season.
Fortunately, the rules for the winter are pretty simple. You’ll just need to follow them and you’ll be able to enjoy the track without any problems.
Here’s a list of everything you need to know about the speedway in the winter:
No Parking During Winter
Even though the speedway doesn’t close down for the winter, there are still some restrictions regarding parking. Specifically, you can’t park in the red zones during the winter months. These are the areas near the track where visitors can’t park because there’s no room. Similarly, cars parked in the white zones can be damaged by snow and ice. In addition, the use of cross-country vehicles such as motorbikes and ATVs is prohibited during the winter. Finally, motorists are prohibited from carrying alcoholic beverages in their vehicles at the track.
These restrictions apply to all visitors, whether you’re a member of the media or a family with kids heading for a day at the park. You need to obey all of the rules or risk getting a parking ticket or even getting towed away by the police. If you do get a parking ticket during the winter, you’ll have to pay extra to have it removed. In addition, you’ll have to find a new place to park your car, because the police will have impounded it.
No Skating Or Rollerblading
The ice on the track is highly unpredictable. Motorists frequently slide off the road and into ditches because the ice is covered in patches that are either too thin or too thick. This makes it extremely dangerous to drive or walk on the surface of the track during the winter. For this reason, it’s prohibited to skate or rollerblade on the track. This also means no ice-skating in the wintertime at the speedway.
Although there are several patches of blacktop near the restrooms where you can pull off a quick spin for fun, it’s not a good idea to do so, especially during the winter. This is because there’s always the chance that the road won’t be covered and you’ll end up sliding off into the drainage ditch. In addition, it’s also dangerous to walk on the tracks when they’re not completely frozen because the friction between the tires and the asphalt can cause you to ignite. This is why it’s best to stay off the tracks altogether, unless you’re an expert skater or rollerblade driver who knows exactly where the patches of road are.
Keep Your Hands On The Wheel
It’s not just the parking that’s prohibited during the winter. The same goes for touching the wheel or the gearshift. Even the slightest touch can make the car move unexpectedly. This could lead to an accident or even a serious mishap. As a result, it’s best to keep your hands on the wheel, even if it’s covered by your gloves. In addition, you should also keep your feet on the ground and avoid the temptation to jump around in the seat.
Keeping all of this in mind can help you have an enjoyable time at the speedway during the winter. In addition, it will also make sure that you and your family are safe. So, if you follow these guidelines, there shouldn’t be any problems.
However, it’s still dangerous to drive or walk on the track when it’s icy or snowy outside. This is because you don’t know how fast the ice or snow will be covering the surface of the track. In addition, even when it’s not snowy or icy outside, the track can be wet from previous downpours of rain. If you do decide to park in the red areas or on patches of road that are not completely frozen, you should still wear your seatbelt because you never know when your car may start moving unexpectedly. In addition, make sure that your vehicle is completely defrosted before driving on the highway. Otherwise, ice may form on the inside of your windshield and affect your visibility. If you do get stuck in something, don’t try to push or pull the car. Instead, crawl out and call for help. Don’t forget: even a minor road accident can be very dangerous, because it may cause the car to break down. In addition to this, you could inhale some of the harmful dust that is released when the car is fixed. So, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.