Driver Nets

Driver Nets form an integral part of driver safety, and they complete the driver cell.

  • Even with all of the afore mentioned products, your body will still move a substantial amount in an impact.
  • A combination of: belt stretch, and the human bodies' ability to compress and flex, means that it is still possible for your head and shoulders to extend beyond the perimeter of a containment seat.
  • A triangular driver net, fastened from the seat's head and shoulder supports to the dash, will contain your upper body in any impact.
  • For a cost of $80 - $100 they are a must.

Correct Installation:

  • Driver Nets should be fastened from your seat's head and shoulder supports on a downward angle to the dash (not straight or upwards). This is because when your head moves forwards, it also moves down.

The majority of driver nets in New Zealand are made of Nylon, which is susceptible to UV damage. The graph to the right shows how much strength nylon retains over time.

Driver Nets should be replaced at least every two years, as in those two years, the nets will have lost over 80% of their strength.

When fitting drivers nets in a Speedway car, it is best to fit the net on the right side as tight as possible, because the majority of the forces are in this direction.

Nylon stretches in excess of 20% when wet, and this can be used to help fit your nets tightly: By drenching your net before installing it as taut as you can, the net will (upon drying) be much tighter.

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