Advanced, Defensive, Track, Anti-Car-Jacking Driver Training- Be swift be safe
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Mike, Thank you for the notes and yesterday. For me it was a fantastic day I learnt a lot and have plenty to take away to think about and practice. I found the way you delivered the information really helpful and easy to understand and appreciated your patience and empathy with someone trying to unlearn over 30 years of bad practice. I can already see how putting just some of what you suggested in place will make my driving more enjoyable and safer. Hopefully with a little practice I will master most of it. Many thanks -John 19 Sep 2017
"Mike, that was a fabulous day. The term "mundane drive" is officially eradicated from my vocabulary. You have left me with so many things to hone and work on that I can barely wait to get back on the road...Look forward to seeing you in the new year, and thank you again for today! Sam" - Nissan 350Z
"Dear Mike ,First of all I would like to thank you for unbelievable experience I had last Saturday. It was all challenging and enjoyable at the same time to understand my driving habits through professional expertise you brought in... I am implementing all of the tips and suggestions you have provided on daily basis so hopefully it won't take long till I will enjoy my car like never before.. I understand it will take time to master the art of driving but You can count on me trying to get even close to your level ;) Again thank you for this and I will be in touch.."
"Thank you for today - thoroughly enjoyed it," Dec13th 2017. Debbie starts to understand and enjoy her DB11.
Gift a training day to someone special? Valid for 12mths. Make someone a better, safer driver!
Want to significantly improve your drive, learn to better control both car and risk?
"Remember a good drive is really 95% you and only 5% the car. So perhaps invest a little in yourself!"
Let's cut to the chase. I dislike the term Advanced Driver. Why? Because it really should be just called driving: BUT, driving with constant consideration of the "what if's" and behaviour of self, vehicle and surroundings.
Say you are an average helicopter pilot; you will be perfectly adept at taking off and landing the craft. A pilot with a high degree of training will do the same, but with constant consideration of failure of engine/torque control all the way into the landing or on take-off up to 1000+ft. Both will be fine every time. Except when it goes wrong. And who is to know when that will be, or indeed if ever? One of our club members is a long serving ex-military pilot and helicopter trainer and it is this type of approach that we similarly apply to our car training....
So, (Advanced) driving is about a whole lot more than just your control of your own vehicle. It is about recognising and then managing the environment around you whilst, at the same time, being able to predict what the next several seconds of driving may be likely to throw at you: Evaluation of the space that you are taking the car into; managing and understanding the drivers in front, around and behind you. If you can do all this then, perhaps, you can begin to assess and thus control risk.
But then you have to manage yourself - and the physiological interaction between you and the car. You will be surprised to find out how much you influence the behaviour and feeling of the car by how you sit, hold the wheel, change gear and so much more. In our training you will learn to recognise how the slightest muscle relaxations, timed with specific inputs, will have a dramatic effect on making the car more predictable, safe and ultimately more capable. Once you can do this then we can start to look at the physics and the dynamics of the vehicle itself - potentially to a race-winning level. If you think that you steer the car with your hands you will be introduced to a whole new world of car control. And this has nothing to do with sliding a car around. BUT, we guarantee you will find it all both interesting and confidence-building....And so develops SKILL.
We teach you, in simple and understandable steps, how to manage "You, the Environment and the Car".... And, importantly, in an enjoyable and memorable manner.
Take part in on of our one-to-one driver development courses (one or three day courses are available throughout the UK). Sessions are conducted in your vehicle, although we can organise a vehicle if required.
We offer bespoke training, extended exposure courses aimed at those who have a very serious desire or requirement to attain the highest level of car management and control, and performance or skill-specific courses.
We offer via our sister site TacTick, a range of defensive, hijack-aware and high speed driver training courses to suit specific client and business needs, and also company training courses for work-related driving for both car and van. Skills may be developed to the very highest levels available outside the services and can include, by arrangement, one driver to two assessors for the most intensive instruction days available. These are aimed at giving you the best driver training available in the UK or beyond. We work in the UK, Europe and beyond.
And if you have a real desire to develop your drive and work with like minded individuals we don't abandon you once you have done your day(s). We aim to look after our clients and ultimately, if you like progressing yourself intelligently, we invite you to venues further afield via our drivers events. Day 1 becomes the first entry in your log book of driving development: And day 1 of enjoying your car(s) intelligently.
We conduct development training on private test tracks, using high speed manoeuvres as part of understanding vehicle and driver dynamics - this is now part of our track preparation and defensive courses. Please contact us for details.
Dear Mike, First of all I would like to thank you for unbelievable experience I had last Saturday.It was all challenging and enjoyable at the same time to understand my driving habits through professional expertise you brought in...I am implementing all of the tips and suggestions you have provided on daily basis so hopefully it won't take long till I will enjoy my car like never before.. I understand it will take time to master the art of driving but You can count on me trying to get even close to your level ;)Again thank you for this and I will be in touch....MF
The aim is to develop the drive to a level where little is left to chance, observations become key and the drive identifies and manages all potential outcomes to the highest level: To distill the essential elements of Police class 1 driving approach into high concentration driving courses. But combine this with race-driver understanding of car input management to convey ultimate control of balance of the vehicle.
We run multi-participant and convoy training for businesses and groups, team-building driving-centered courses, nervous driver and risk reduction training. Our risk management courses may also include significant elements of full in and out-of-vehicle risk awareness. This is in particularly relevant to current alert risk level. Please enquire for further details.
"Dear Mike, It was really good to meet you last week Wednesday and just wanted to thank you so much for your driving tuition. Your calm, reassuring, positive and good humoured driving techniques have helped my driving anxiety enormously. I now want to get out in the car and practise what we discussed. I particularly found your technique of scanning the environment to see who or what may become 'a part in a scene of my play' very beneficial. I now want to use my positive experience to build my confidence on the road. I am aiming to feel comfortable, relaxed and safe behind the wheel of a vehicle. This is something I have not felt or wanted to do for a very long time! Is it worth having some more tuition some time in the future to polish up my skills when I feel a lot more comfortable and experienced? Thank you again. Kind regards Rosemary"
We have almost certainly instructed in your model of car whether Aston Martin Vantage-here on a North Wales road day, group training above, Range Rover, McLaren or Ford - and from new, inexperienced driver to winning race drivers to the nervous over-taker. We are not defined by venue, working across the UK and beyond, or by a dogmatic process. We feed in experience gained from instructing across a broad spectrum of vehicles, manufacturer training and instruction within the services. You will receive a distillation of the best of the best.
From Porsche to van drivers, we provide courses to match - running fleet training programmes for a spectrum of van and car-based businesses as well as the private individuals.
DIFFERENCES In COURSE BIAS HERE - it explains how our courses can be varied to suit.
What makes our courses unique - road based training developing the three highly critical elements of car, environment management and also managing yourself. With a significant experience of all types of car and driving environments, road, off-road, track and hostile, your instructors will take your driving to the highest level. Where else can you have the opportunity to be instructed by a race coach and ex-tactical / close protection trained class 1 police traffic officer in the same vehicle (hijack-aware course).
1 DAY COURSE: The day is made up of an intense morning and afternoon sessions of driving on open A road, town and dual carriageway/motorway options (depending on location), interspersed with discussion/coffee stop/lunch and culminating in a voice-recorded summary discussion. All our courses are then followed up within 48hours by written session notes and with options for further driver development.
3 Day courses: Aimed at developing a much more cohesive, risk-aware drive that can manage the car in a wide variety of environments. Suited to those aiming to take their drive to a much higher level of safety, management and understanding of the dynamics of the vehicle. The three day course aims to rectify all significant issues within the drive and lead towards a Police class 1 level of approach, understanding and management. More details on the 3DAY course.
Visit our sister site for our anti-hijack and full intensity courses, which uniquely involve one client to two instructors, performance driver trainer plus ex-TVP Close Protection certified tactical firearms officer. Visit www.Tac-Tick.com for further details and course specifics.
Specific need/bespoke courses by arrangement.
All of our courses include an in-depth written review of the drive and lead into options of doing off-road training and track work if so desired.
If you wish to take your drive towards Police Class 1 management approach, without being constrained by certain advanced driving styles, then this is the course for you. Bespoke, one to one and available weekday and weekend.
Comment from a corporate training course: "Thanks again for a first class service and it was an absolute pleasure to meet you, Very happy to provide a reference for other similar enquiries, should you need it. Kind regards Anne-Marie"
And, from a Jaguar 3.8S F type owner: "Mike, Thanks for last Tuesday, it was nice to meet you, and I am now driving better and more safely! Very interesting day. Give me a couple of months and I will be on to book a day ‘on track’ . Simon
If a link has lead you here and you haven't checked out the full advanced section, the detailed course structure or our track, performance car and race driver training pages then please take a look, to see the full range of what we offer.
Please email us with questions you may have - or call anytime - to ensure that you get the right training. Remember we are able to tailor our courses to your needs, from stress-reduction to safety, anti-hijack to performance car perspective - we offer a wide range of options for both individual and business drivers, taking your driving to the very highest level attainable.
Next available dates for road training - check our availability page
You own a desirable car, so don't be surprised that someone else may also desire it too. Only they don't intend to pay for it. If you have an interest or a serious need for defensive training of this level please visit our sister site - www.tac-tick.com - for more details.
You may be surprised to learn that car-jacking is not just the preserve of Johannesburg, but is actually a lot more common than you realise, and much, much closer to home. With over 1000 car-jackings a year in the metropolitan area and 600+ in Greater Manchester (Home Office 2015 official statistics) this is becoming an increasing problem and a real risk. In fact a fatality in Manchester (Nov 2015) highlights the real nature of the risk.
So who is at risk?
1. If you drive alone - YOU!
2. High performance or high value car owners- YOU!
3. High value contents -YOU!
4. You have a regular pattern to your drive or movements -YOU!
5. Lone female. Sorry, but the statistics back this up. It's YOU.
Because the manufacturers have done an amazing job in making cars more difficult to steal, the easiest way for them to take your car is when you are in the car - or stepping in or out of it. FACT. If you own a car "of interest", have a repeatability to your journey behaviour, often drive alone, then you really do deserve to give this some thought. We can help you to understand when and where risk starts to become an issue, and with some simple and straightforward tactics, massively reduce your risk to the "unimaginable". Every day, in London alone, three people suffer the life-altering scenario of being car-jacked. Don't become one of the statistics. Talk to us. Do the course. STAY SAFE.
Nice car, others think so too! Only not everyone pays for what they want. SADLY.
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Our intensive three day course
The aim - to develop your drive to a highly managed level.
Hi Mike, hope you are well. Thought I would drop you a line, as we discussed at the end of the three day driving course I did with you, though maybe a little later than I had planned....I really just wanted to say thank you so much for all the input and instruction that you gave to me, I really had such a brilliant time, and feel that I learned so much. You asked me to send you some thoughts about how it all went, but actually because there has been a delay in doing this, it has given me more time to put what I learned into practise anyway. Because I don't actually drive that often, as I use the tube to get to work, it took a while for me to even get some time behind the wheel in the first place....So what I am amazed by, is that I initially asked you to teach me how to overtake on country roads as a priority, but in fact, the main difference it has made has been how I drive in London!....Understanding road positioning better has been particularly useful, and I am also surprised at how much of it has totally stuck with me. And I still have 'sticky velcro fingers' on the wheel, I am still changing gear properly (including the hand positioning...), and find myself saying 'don't get involved' every time I see a car slowing down in front of me, whatever the circumstances...I have become much better on approaches to all junctions, super aware of road positioning, the whole lot. Well, I think so...hope you would too...The only thing I really can't get is the crossing hands over on the wheel, which I didn't master when I was with you, but I am still practising that one....But even better, I have actually started overtaking now, when I have been out of London on those lovel country roads...I am no longer a 'sticky' driver in a big slow line. Though I confess I am only confident to do that in my own Golf as I know what it can do....I drove my sister's very weedy little Corsa recently, and it just didn't have the power to do anything.....but either way before I would have been happy to sit behind tractors but not now, so mission accomplished all round as far as I am concerned.......What I would like to do though is carry on practising and maybe come back for another day in the spring, just for a refresher? I will contact you after Christmas to see if we can book a date for that.....Kindest regards M
To introduce a level consistent with class 1 Police driving standards. Although Police training can involve up to 11 weeks of training we introduce all of the significant safety and management strategies employed in driving a vehicle on public roads with maximum safety and full appreciation of limits and risk.
You will be introduced to a very defined approach to managing involvement with other road users, managing your own vehicle both from a dynamic and a risk perspective - and also come to realise how your behaviour and tension impacts critically on control of the vehicle. We will alter your thinking......
A wide variety of road conditions are involved in the course. Option of running three day block or separated days, with option of some of the most testing Welsh road routes on second/third day.
"Although I have done defensive driver training before this really took things to a new level. I can recommend Mike's courses to anyone who thinks they can drive!" James H
"Hi Mike, Thanks for a great day yesterday. I drove back to .... last night ..... was much less tired than I normally am! Guess it's because I was less tense-) Thanks again Ricky" - . MX5 North Wales road day.
Full day road session: Feedback from an ex-DSA driving test examiner after receiving emailed post session notes: "Thanks very much Mike. Printed and placed in the car ready for some practice on Friday. Thoroughly enjoyed it, and feel safer already!" John S
Full day road session Audi RS6 owner moves into a BMW M5 V10: "Hi mike Thanks for the interesting day.... I feel a lot more comfortable in it (took it down some roads i know well where I've been scaring myself before today, using your pointers it felt so much better in and out of the corners). ... Regards rob". At the end of the day Rob told me that it was the first day that he had actually felt comfortable with the car: And our traffic management skills had noticeably improved: A successful day.
3 day Course: "I have just completed Mike's 3 day course (full details here). I was a Police Advanced driver back in the 80's and had recently started doing the odd track day in my car just for fun. I soon realized I needed some help. Contacted Mike and have done one day road followed by Bedford and Donington as track days. What a massive learning curve. I now have a much greater understanding of the physics of what is happening to the car on track, with much improved smoothness, balance, steering, braking and better lines. Oh and just as important a lot of fun!
"Great instruction!" I would recommend this course to anyone wishing to improve their driving skills, no matter how good you think you are! All the best, J."
Training programmes and competency validation/assessments for defensive driving can be provided for corporate and business.
Please contact to discuss our range of bespoke courses
"The reports were brilliant, really helpful. I have shared them with the directors and recommended........." Find out what we developed with our recent fleet training recommendations for our latest fleet partner.
Extended multi-day hijack-aware courses are uniquely delivered with instruction and assessment from both race and police perspectives, ultimately assessed by two trainers with DSA Fleet, RoSPA, ARDS, Police Class1, VIP, Anti-hijack, close protection and firearms instruction certified. Ring for specific details.
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