“High Performance Driving” – Defining and scientifically measuring driving skills

Picture 1An article that appeared in the December issue of Tactics and Preparedness. The title is “High Performance Driving” but is more about defining and scientifically measuring driving skills. The contents of the article will be familiar to ISDA Certificate Holders and VDI graduates.

Some excerpts from the article

“If a driver can use 50 percent of the vehicle’s emergency maneuvering capability –  they are considered an inexperienced driver. (IMHO – they should consider walking as their mode of transportation).”

“What makes an 80% driver? – When confronted with an emergency scenario, the 80% driver anticipates changes in the vehicle behavior, and is ready to maximize the vehicle’s capability.  A 40% driver simply reacts to whatever the vehicle does.”

Giving yourself time and distance.  – “An accident or an ambush is a time, distance relationship. No matter what level of skill the driver possesses if there is not enough time and distance to use the skill, bad things will happen. The driver needs to have the correct amount of Sight Distance. “

“It makes no difference what training you received and where you received it or what type of vehicle you are driving – No matter what the scenario, accident or vehicle violence – If you don’t have enough sight distance at the speed you are moving it is a no win scenario.”


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