The Science of Security Driving

Having been at this for nearly five decades, it has become apparent that most people shy away from using science and the laws of physics as an educational and training tool because of the math it requires. This may well be due to the fact that, for most people, their only exposure to science and the laws of physics is what they were taught in high school, where the subject is mired in books and often seems to have no practical value.

However, once the theories are explained in an easy-to-understand manner that applies to something they enjoy doing – like security driving and driver training – and can apply the math to real-world scenarios, it is truly amazing how much sense all that math makes.

I hope these articles accomplish that goal.


The Science of Security Driving
As we (ISDA) have posted in the past, researchers define driving skill as the driver’s “ability” to use the vehicle’s “capability.”The researchers express driving skill as the percentage of the vehicle a driver can use before losing control of the vehicle. If a driver can use 50% of the vehicle, they define him/her as a 50% driver, if they can use 80% of the vehicle, they are an 80% driver. The same research also has found that the average driver can only use 40% of the vehicle’s capability.
The Science of Security Driving
As we (ISDA) have posted in the past, researchers define driving skill as the driver’s “ability” to use the vehicle’s “capability.”The researchers express driving skill as the percentage of the vehicle a driver can use before losing control of the vehicle. If a driver can use 50% of the vehicle, they define him/her as a 50% driver, if they can use 80% of the vehicle, they are an 80% driver. The same research also has found that the average driver can only use 40% of the vehicle’s capability.
The Science of Walking or Driving the Principal – Time and Distance
An attack on the principal is a time, distance relationship. Moving the principal, driving, or walking is managing time and distance. If there is an attack on the principal (AOP), driving or walking, any delay in the decision-making process will equate to less time and distance. No matter what level of skill the practitioner possesses, if there is not enough time and distance to use the skill, bad things will happen.
The Science of Walking or Driving the Principal – Time and Distance
An attack on the principal is a time, distance relationship. Moving the principal, driving, or walking is managing time and distance. If there is an attack on the principal (AOP), driving or walking, any delay in the decision-making process will equate to less time and distance. No matter what level of skill the practitioner possesses, if there is not enough time and distance to use the skill, bad things will happen.
The Science of a Two Vehicle Scenario
The ISDA 2015 and preliminary data from the 2017 Executive/Security Vehicle Survey indicate a dramatic increase in the use of SUVs for Executive Transportation. The 2015 Survey also indicated that there had been a significant increase in the use of two car scenarios for Secure Transportation. If you couple the Survey data with the number of motorcade incidents that have occurred it points to a problem in the making.
The Science of a Two Vehicle Scenario
The ISDA 2015 and preliminary data from the 2017 Executive/Security Vehicle Survey indicate a dramatic increase in the use of SUVs for Executive Transportation. The 2015 Survey also indicated that there had been a significant increase in the use of two car scenarios for Secure Transportation. If you couple the Survey data with the number of motorcade incidents that have occurred it points to a problem in the making.
The Science of Escaping the Kill Zone
The Kill Zone is a phrase often associated with high-risk driving, but it can describe any scenario that creates an emergency for the driver. The scenario can be driving the principal to the office or taking him/her to a venue.Anytime the principal is moving in a vehicle; there is a possibility of an emergency scenario. Kill Zone’s are not subjective; they are science – escaping them, understanding them, and avoiding them is based on the laws of physics.No matter the scenario, a Kill Zone is a time distance relationship.
The Science of Escaping the Kill Zone
The Kill Zone is a phrase often associated with high-risk driving, but it can describe any scenario that creates an emergency for the driver. The scenario can be driving the principal to the office or taking him/her to a venue.Anytime the principal is moving in a vehicle; there is a possibility of an emergency scenario. Kill Zone’s are not subjective; they are science – escaping them, understanding them, and avoiding them is based on the laws of physics.No matter the scenario, a Kill Zone is a time distance relationship.
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