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Should driving instructors be allowed to coach from the passenger's side of a race car?

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Should driving instructors be allowed to coach from the passenger's side of a race car?

In the wake of operations manager and professional driving instructor Gary Terry's tragic passing at Walt Disney World Speedway, it is important to acknowledge that these types of accidents happen far too often. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Tavon Watson, 24, failed to maneuver a Lamborghini Gallardo through one of the course's curves, and the vehicle's right side struck a guardrail. Gary Terry, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Motorsport Safety Foundation was founded in honor of Sean Edwards, an exceptionally talented driver who was also killed while coaching someone from the passenger's seat. 

What does everyone think about this practice? What alternative coaching methods can we think of to prevent accidents like these? What sorts of precautions should be taken – limiting speed, mandating the use of a full harness and HANS, etc.?

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