Took an "advanced driving" course this weekend!

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  1. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    I took my middle one to get some added pre-license-test training on Saturday. Allegedly, these are the only guys doing this sort of work in the US.

    http://www.driveincontrol.org

    Course was 4.5 hours, of which only about an hour was in-car. That was probably plenty.

    They talked about safety a lot. From some interesting angles. Why a seatbelt can save you FROM an accident in addition to DURING. Types of cars that are best and why. Advantages of ABS and weight transfer during evasive maneuvers. (I'd never thought of that one.)

    This was interspersed with driving with the 4 racing drivers they had.

    First "course" was panic stop. Drive up to 60mph (they worked you up over 3 runs) and when the little red light goes off on top of the dash, SLAM ON THE BRAKES!

    That was unnerving to me. I've locked up the ABS plenty of times in my life. But KNOWING you were going to do it. Well, that was too much thinking. LOL Obviously, it was pretty simple.

    Next was a 7-cone slalom. . . at speed. The cones were about 20' or so apart. Pretty tight. You started at 25mph and they showed you the best way to use your hands to turn the wheel and such. They maxed out at 35mph. That was the limit for the course and the cars. (Brand new Accord's. Very nice sedans. I was surprised. Esp. the roominess.)

    I wound up being dead last to train. With their most experienced racing driver. We went around the course 2 extra times (4 runs) and were late to class. I got it up to 40. "Do you know you are accelerating through the slalom?" "Well, as long as the car can handle it, I should be pushing to go faster, right?" "Wanna go again?" LOL

    Last real test was evasive maneuver. There was a chute of cones. At some point, the light goes on in the dash. SLAM on the brakes and steer AROUND the 7 cones laid out across the "road." That was fun, too. I was amazed how much steering power you have with ABS.

    Man we pounded on those Accords. A lot of fun. Learned a good amount of classroom knowledge on driving. Changed what kind of vehicle I want to push my kids into (or in front of. LOL) Daughter learned REAL QUICK some good feel for steering when forced into the slalom course. She came out swimmingly.

    Exhausting time - especially when it was 90 min from home. But well worth it. I'd love to just go goofing off with these guys - learn some not-so-needed tricks and such. Just to enjoy driving. . . in someone else's vehicle. LOL
     
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    Its always good to some more training than just basic,high school driving course. I would advocate for laws for at least one advanced training lets say about $100 bucks worth.Compared the cost of a driver license in lets say Germany where the cost is a lot more.
     

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    And????
     
  4. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    Sedan. Modern ABS wielding sedan is the safest car, by far.

    We BELIEVE that SUV's or trucks are safer. But the lower you are, the less chance of slide and flip. More control in emergency situations.

    Makes me rethink the wife's next car next year, too. She's got a Honda Pilot right now. Those Accords were NICE!
     
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    Trucks and suv's are safer in a collision. Have to pick what you feel is more likely to happen.
     
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    ChuteTheMall Wallbuilder and Weapon Bearer

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    Looking over the tops of the short sedans in front of you is safer than swerving out of your lane to peek around at what's ahead.

    I'm more concerned about tailgating fender benders than about rolling over.
     
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    we got more then enough laws already. no thanks.
     
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    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    Then don't tailgate, Shewt. LOL

    Amazingly, you don't NEED to swerve out of your lane. You can just stay there. You'll live.

    The reason we've moved away from sedans in this AO in the last decade is SNOW! We've gotten so much and they don't push the mounds back that you can't see AROUND them to pull out of streets. Instead you look OVER.

    But a modern sedan seating isn't that much lower than a crossover. And crossovers are getting lower and lower. Basically turning back into station wagons. LOL
     
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    Driver should always be looking several cars ahead. What ****s that up is people needlessly driving sport-futility vehicles and ruining other driver's ability to see past them.
     
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    ChuteTheMall Wallbuilder and Weapon Bearer

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    Sux to be short, doesn't it? :tongueout:
     
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    That whole pesky freedom of choice thing.
     
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    Sounds like a fun course I wouldn't mind taking one.
     
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    tous GET A ROPE!

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    Did they have the part of the curriculum where you drive slowly in the left lane after turning 65?

    :tongueout:
     
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    M&P15T All Hail King Kona

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    Oh, you can choose to deliberately be a selfish *****, and drive an SUV.
     
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    Go back to your little Prius, you pinko. And get out of my left lane.
     
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    I don't drive an SUV. But it doesn't bother me if people do. It's their choice.
     
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    Do they have a course in Texas that teach you to go around coweses?
     
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    M&P15T All Hail King Kona

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    Obviously, it annoys the hell out of me. A**holes, I can't see around them.

    Prius? Ooooooooooh no but no.

    I promise you, I am the last person that will slow the left lane down. I'm the guy flashing-to-pass people, and honking at them to GTFO of the way.
     
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    I forgot, it's all about you and your mustang. Who's the selfish ***** now?
     
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    Yes it is. Everyone needs to GTFO of my way. Now.