Author: Tony Scotti

Cold Weather and Tire Pressure

The polar plunge that has chilled much of the nation does more than bring out ice scrapers and antifreeze. It can trigger a vehicle’s tire-pressure-monitoring system overnight, sending nervous drivers to dealers and service centers.

For example, about 20 customers visited a Chevrolet dealership because their tire-pressure-warning icons were illuminated. Here’s why a cold snap affects tire pressure and sets off the tire-pressure-monitoring system (TPMS) warning lamp.

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Training to a Certificate

EP Certification vs. Certificate

It is ISDA’s opinion many of the training organizations misuse the word certification. Most of the training offered in the industry is not for certification – it is training to a certificate. Although a training certificate is valuable, it is not a certification as defined by the credentialing organizations that are the standard in all other industries.

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The Science of Speed

ISDA’s philosophy is that driving is a science. This is a series of videos that explain the basics of vehicle dynamics and driving – although meant for the racing community the videos apply to anyone with an interest in driving.

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Braking Basics

backing-up

The first thing we need to know is that brakes don’t stop cars.  Brakes stop wheels from rolling.  The friction of the tires against the…

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Road Rage

SUV Rollover

1. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA),drivers who commit road rage are between the ages of 18 to 26 males, poorly educated, with criminal…

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Articles about the Beast

The government is looking for a new beast http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/06/21/us-govt-starts-shopping-for-new-presidential-limousine/ Cadillac may compete for the new Beast Chttp://wot.motortrend.com/cadillac-may-compete-for-new-secret-service-armored-limo-contract-381829.html#axzz2Y02wTfX6 Speaking of the Beast -a clip from the…

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Car Sickness

car sickness

A specific form of motion sickness, car sickness is quite common and often evidenced by the inability to read a map or book during travel….

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Tire Pressure Basics

Tire Pressure

Maintaining correct tire pressure helps optimize tire performance and fuel economy. Correct tire inflation pressure allows drivers to experience tire comfort, durability, and performance designed to match the needs of their vehicles. Tire deflection (the tread and sidewall flexing where the tread comes into contact with the road) will remain as originally designed and excessive sidewall flexing and tread squirm will be avoided. Heat buildup will be managed and rolling resistance will be appropriate. Proper tire inflation pressure also stabilizes the tire’s structure, blending the tire’s responsiveness, traction and handling.

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Kopis Center

November of 2012 Senator Harry Reid’s motorcade was involved in a multi-vehicle accident in Las Vegas. The Senator was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Two of the motorcade drivers were cited by the Nevada Highway Patrol for following too closely and making an improper lane change.

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On the morning of May 26, 1992, Geschke was kidnapped at gunpoint from the Adobe parking lot in Mountain View California by two men as he arrived for work. “The two men called him to their car to ask him a question, then at gunpoint took him away and held him hostage for four days.

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Night Driving

Security Drivers can spend a great deal of time driving in darkness, and yet many are unaware of the special hazards night driving presents, or…

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Reaction Time

Knowledge

While driving if confronted with an emergency scenario, the driver’s reaction time can be the difference between success and failure. Although it is an important…

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Driving Tired

driving-tired

THE PROBLEM The simple fact is, there are times when we may have to drive tired.  Most Drivers don’t feel that fatigue is a serious…

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Shuffle Steering

shuffle-steering

Shuffle steering is a technique that was developed to address a very specific set of circumstances totally unrelated to emergency driving. While there are a…

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CASE STUDY – LEAMON HUNT

Although very old the Hunt assassination is an example of an armored vehicle that was not properly armored. The scenario:

On February 15, 1984 Leamon Hunt was assassinated at the entrance of his home. His car was an armored Alfa Romeo, and was fol­lowed by a Fiat 128. Mr. Hunt’s home hadhunt1b an electrically operated gate that had to be opened by remote control by the driver.

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Racing and EP Driving

racing-vs-ep-driving

There is a difference between Racing and Security Driving. Just like there are different types of racing that require different styles of driving there is a difference in the types of Security Driving. In today’s scenarios, the difference in Security Driving could be the subject of an article/book.

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Passing Safety

Passing Safety

Passing the vehicle in front you is one of those things we do often but don’t give much thought. Once the decision to pass a vehicle in an urban environment realize and remember that you and your car are going to be spending a good deal of time in the wrong lane. To give you an idea of how much time and distance, if you are traveling at 50 mph and passing someone going 40 mph, you will need about 10 seconds and 736 feet to safely complete the pass.

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Under Over Steer

Learn to DRIVE LIKE A PRO

There are times when your car starts “talking” to you. It usually happens when your car is approaching its limits. This phenomenon is called neutral…

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Backing Up Fast

backing-up

One of the most valuable driving skills to have in a high-risk environment Backing up fast is hard and, if not done correctly, dangerous. But…

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BRAKING

Collection of Articles from PoliceDriver.Com

Although most drivers realize that the higher the car’s speed, the more distance required to stop. What is surprising to many drivers is how much…

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Weight Transfer

center of gravity

Driving is inputs and outputs. A driver applies input to the vehicle via steering – braking – and acceleration and combinations thereof. The output is…

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Vehicle Attack Video

Although an advertisement for the armored car company Centigon, this is a good and I would imagine expensive video depicting a vehicle attack. Not sure of level of protection and the type of rounds fired etc.

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Counter surveillance that seeks out the attacker’s perspective is the key to good corporate executive protection.

The husband-and-wife team watched Sidney Reso for almost thirty days before they attacked. Sitting in a van parked down the street from Reso’s suburban New Jersey house, the couple documented the Exxon executive’s daily routine, learning his habits and identifying his vulnerabilities. Then, one morning, the couple abducted Reso in his driveway as he retrieved his newspaper

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The Herrhausen Incident

It has been more than 20 years since the assassination of Alfred Herrhausen. The roadside bomb that killed Herrhausen changed the way protection was looked at. In the late 80’s surveillance detection had become part of the protection plan but it was not given the attention that was needed.

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We have all had the experience of driving on a major highway and running into stop and go traffic, the first thought you have is that there must be an accident just over the hill or around the bend. But when you get to the top of the hill or around the bend the traffic starts to flow and there is no accident – what caused the slowdown. Two things traffic volume and “line of sight.”

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Armored Cars and Tires

armored-cars-and-tires

Other than the armor, tires are the most important part of an armored vehicle. Tires are one of the very few components the driver can easily modify that will produce substantial changes to the vehicle’s performance and safety. My experience tells me that most problems with armored vehicles start with the tires (Specifically the front tires) not able to handle the vehicle’s additional weight.

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Another CLASSIC Assassination

yemen_troops_in_sanaa

Got an email from old friend Skip Carroll (very old friend), Skip has spent time in Yemen, and Iraq. The email was about the recent assassination of a Yemeni security chief that worked at the US Embassy in Sanna. What Skip pointed out was the hit was another CLASSIC Assassination – The time & place was predictable, at the home, in the morning, on the way to work, and of course prior to the assassination neighbors noticed strangers in the street.

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