7 Dragway Safety Rules to Remember During a Race

The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) has compiled a list of basic safety requirements for the sport. These safety rules are designed as a quick reference for most vehicles that participate in a competition.

Being Equipped with Arm Restraints

Arm restraints are required on all open bodied cars. This is one of the most basic rules in the NHRA Rulebook. This rule also applies to all forms of motor racing.

Installing Anti-Rollbar for a Drag Race

The anti-roll bar is intended to keep both rear tires firmly planted on the ground when a vehicle launches from the starting position. These rollbars counteract the natural torque of the vehicle.

This rule applies to all vehicles faster than 215kph. All the areas of the car where head contact is made need to be padded.

Wearing Appropriate Protective Clothing

All car drivers need a steel firewall jacket. These jackets are mandatory in case the vehicle catches fire. All cars require the driver to wear a jacket, pants, and boots that are designed according to the specifications as set out in the NHRA Rulebook. Some combinations and vehicle types may need more protective clothing than what is mentioned here.

Wearing Helmets That Abide by Safety Standards

A full-face helmet is required on all vehicles. A shield in front of the driver is also mandatory for vehicles that exceed a certain speed limit.

Valid Government Issued License

All competitors must have a valid and government-issued license. All vehicles faster than 220 kph have an NHRA competition license.


Only one co-driver is allowed in an OEM Stock licensed streetcar. The occupant must be a minimum of 18 years of age, and they must sign the same waiver.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide is allowed in most classes to give the car a boost. This gas bottle must be vented outside of the driver’s compartment, and it should have a relief valve.

There are many other safety precautions not mentioned here. Readers can see the NHRA Rulebook for detailed specifications and safety precautions.

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