Flips Ohulahan on Facebook posted this (reprinted with permission):
How many of you have read the owners manual on you car before you started driving it? How many of you check your tires and fluids before you start driving? how many of you warm up your cars before you just take off full speed? How many of you actually know the rules of the road? How many of you know what to do if your in a bad accident?
Most people don't look for education until something has gone wrong they don't understand. what if a light comes on, its starts making a noise, or it starts shaking. what if you blow a tire and now are stranded? What if you hit someone because you didn't know a yield sign means something other then floor it? What if your in a bad accident? do you move the people in the car?
the longer you are a driver the better you get at it.The less mistakes you make the more in tuned with the car you become. You identify risks faster and avoid them, you see cars merging and move over. you learn to drive faster under more control. you learn when to go slow and not hit construction workers. you know what signs mean and learn to check your tires and fluids.
Acrobatics is the same you have to educate yourself over a LONG period of time before you learn to not wreck your car(flyer). You spend a lot of time behind the wheel. Just driving to work, stopping at stop lights, watching for traffic, protecting your precious car (flyer). you spend tons of time learning the rules and progressions however boring you might think they are. You know that when your flyer starts shaking and making noise its time to pull over something bad is about to happen.You learn to warm up your flyer to prevent injury and break down. You learn that just because nascar drivers can do 200 in a controlled environment with specialized equipment doesn't mean you should try in your back yard with your altima.
Most accidents can be avoided. Its ok to have a permit its ok to go slow and do the basic washing machines til your blue in the face. So many people go straight to whips, pops, and standing h2h. this will get you hurt. its the same as giving a 15 year old with no knowledge or prior experience keys to a new sports car and say drive me to California.
get to know your flyer before you just stick them on your feet. Talk to them ask about there experience level, injurys(blown tires) and if anything makes them nervous(lights). warm up with them every time you switch flyers. they are all different. they are weighted different, they are taller, shorter, bigger, smaller. Much like driving a friends car it just feels weird at first the controls feel different from yours, the brakes stop sooner then yours, the pedals are stiffer, it accelerates faster, the seat feels weird. do some basic calibrations and simple washing machines first get to know them feel them out see how they are feeling that day.
I know its cool to cut donuts in your new lambo and put it on instagram #acro #killingit #nobodydied #watchmewhipwhip #shouldyouhavebeendoingitinthefirstplace spotters dont cure everything. My favorite line in the world "you can't spot stupid' sometimes the best spot is to not do a skill you have NO business doing yet. give it more time big skills come easy though proper progressions. YES gaining Strength and body awareness is a progression that takes TIME. Wanna know why slack-liners make good acroyogis? They know what patience and perseverance feels like learning to slack takes time practice and dedication we all could use that lesson.
Moral of the story take your time learn the progressions DO the progressions OVER and OVER and OVER and OVER again. Don't imitate the elite be inspired by them they have been driving longer then you. Warm up your flyers and bases physically and emotionally. Learn when to put it down and start over and not force through things. Instability equals accidents put it down and start over its good for you. Most accidents can be avoided with a humble heart. When an experienced driver tells you YIELD or SLOW DOWN please listen its not for their sake its for yours. lookout for your flyers they are precious. Educate yourselves folks! plenty of us will answer your question and help out. stop guessing and seek council from an experienced driver.
ps im guilty of all of this as well