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Is there any technical name for the sand traps in some car races? I mean, those areas covered with soil and designed to prevent a car from hitting a track wall.

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They are usually actually "gravel traps", and are a type of "run-off area". Theese seem to be the technical terms, but they are quite understandable "gravel filled area to trap run-away cars" and "an area for cars to run off the track into".

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