Category: Driving

Science of Driving - What if - scenario base driver training

Many times, when we examine a vehicle ambush, the discussions will always ask the question “What If.” What if the driver moved the steering wheel a half a second sooner – applied the brakes a second earlier – made a decision quicker – had the ability to use more of the vehicle capability.

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To get a better understanding of the Dangers of Distracted Driving, we can use a phrase associated with security and security driving – “The Kill Zone.” Although the term Kill Zone is used by the security community, it can also describe any scenario that creates an emergency for the driver and passengers. Not looking where you are going for 2 to 3 seconds falls into that category.

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Science of Security Driving

Using 80% or above of the vehicle’s capability would more than likely only happen during an emergency (accident or ambush). But what percentage of the vehicle does a Security Driver use while maneuvering through the day to day mundane chore of moving the boss from Point A to Point B, such as driving up to an intersection and slowing down – stopping at a red light – driving on an off ramp or around a corner?

To answer that question, ISDA conducted an experiment.

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Driving in the Middle East

driving in the middle east

According to the U.S. State Department, motor-vehicle crashes – not terrorism or crime – are the No. 1 cause of death of Americans traveling abroad. Driving in environments similar to the Middle East can lead to serious issues. A duty of care requires some simple precautions.

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The recent video of a Secret Service Agent driving the Presidential Limo in reverse around Lime Rock Race Track took the social media by storm. According to some reports the video received 40 Million views. The majority of those viewing the video were under the impression that the video was real, but actually, it was an excellent animation. Truth be told, the first time I looked at it, I thought it was real.

The video did create many questions concerning the skills needed to drive in reverse.

So for those working in the Secure Transportation profession; some thoughts on backing up.

Here are some quick points on backing up when the objective is to escape the Kill Zone

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Potholes

Pothole Avoidance

Those of us who live in winter-weather country are just emerging from record-setting snow and freezing temperatures. And now there’s a new problem to face: potholes. Thanks to this winter’s extreme freeze-and-thaw cycles, the spring of 2015 promises to be an epic pothole season. And that’s not good news for those providing secure transportation.

Potholes are a matter of safety and inconvenience. But there are things that can be done before, during, and after hitting a pothole. Develop a proactive approach similar to a security scenario except you’re avoiding potholes instead of security issues.

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Driverless Vehicles

On various social media outlets some have touted driverless vehicles, going as far as to say that driverless vehicles will eliminate the security driver profession…

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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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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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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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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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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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BACKING UP SAFELY

Backing Up Safely

Many accidents happen while the car is in reverse. More often than not, these result in fender benders, not dramatic accidents, but nonetheless annoying and…

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statics stability factor

The Statics Stability Factor (SSF) is how the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determines a vehicle’s rollover probability; it is the vehicles at-rest calculation of its rollover resistance. The number is based on the vehicles geometric properties. SSF is a measure of how top-heavy a vehicle is.

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Security Driver Triangle

Security Driver Triangle TM

Driving, any form of driving, is a balance, and that balance is called the “driving system.” The driving system is made up of three components: THE DRIVER, THE MACHINE, and THE ENVIRONMENT. In our world it is called the Security Drivers Triangle.

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