In Mario Kart Wii you could ignore drifting a bit, and I never learned. On Mario Kart 8 it seems more important. I noticed that sometimes my engine flares up randomly. Is this it doing a little auto-drift? When do you get the speed burst? It seems random to me, but maybe it's when you come out of a turn?
Should I always drift when steering?
Last night I tried to start drifting on turns. One course didn't seem to have turns big enough to get a boost from. Do you need to be selective when drifting? Only large turns? Is there any reason not to do it on every turn? Even just around pillars in a cave?