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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

"Brilliant - loved it. Really useful - thanks". Just a few words from an unassuming chap, stepping out of the car at the end of the session. That came from one of our "highly trained" boys. If our training is good enough for these guys it's probably pretty OK for you also!  - April 2019

"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. Debbie starts to understand and enjoy her DB11.

How it works for real:  

"Yesterday(24/6/19) we did a road training day with a keen chap (24yo) in his Focus ST. In the back, his dad, who did a session in his Boxster GTS a few weeks back. After a few quick checks we started with a town session in the first part of the morning, managing space and self, then took to the dual carriageways and then out into the wilds, where we end up as we often do in same Welsh cafe carpark as the class 1 lads, having training in the Beemer and Octavia. Same stuff, just aiming to put 4 weeks training into a day! 

Both father and son gained massively from the day, though both found it tiring but thought provoking. Finished with a coffee and debrief at the end of the day - and they have decided that they are coming back to share an off road training day in the Porsche - see Drivers Club for details. It's really nice to be able to see both sharing ideas, coming on, reflecting, talking about even just a few events since the last training and how what we covered is already feeding into real situation management on road. It's a privilege to teach and alter people's perspective, add enjoyment - keep them safe."


ADVANCED ROAD TRAINING SESSIONS

 

     

Want to significantly improve your drive, learn to better control you, the car and the risk?   

"A good drive is 95% you and only 5% the car. So maybe invest more in yourself???"

 

I don't like the term Advanced Driving. Why?...

Because it should really just be called driving: Constantly considered driving, with 24/7 readiness for the "what if's" -  and of behaviours generated by self, vehicle or environment. If it physically could happen, then plan for it.

 

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 virtually every time. Except when it goes wrong. And who is to know when that will be, or indeed if ever? One of our team is a long serving ex-military pilot and helicopter trainer and it is this type of approach that we similarly aim to apply to our car training....

 

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Aston Martin Vantage V12S on-road driver trainingSo, this driving is about a whole lot more than just your control of your own vehicle - even though this is obviously part of it. It's about recognising and managing environment and behaviours around you whilst at the same time being able to predict what the next several seconds of driving are 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. Road or track - no different!

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 confidence through developing repeatable skill. Oh, and you may have to also manage distraction. More anon...

We introduce processes enabling you to manage "you, environment and car".... It's enjoyable and the best part is, it will instantly make sense. Managing the car is all about you, so don't worry what your car is. If you control you then whether sat in an AMG GT S or a Nissan Micra it makes little difference.

Managing YOU is probably the most important part of advanced or performance, track or defensive driving. If you don't have discipline of self you will not make a good driver. If you do, we provide the rest.

You receive elements of ethos of IAM & RoSPA, but then combined with race-driver balance and SEG awareness. Why have one style of training when you can benefit from aspects of all of them! Use our array of experience to develop your own.

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Drivertuition.com road training in a Civic Type R in Adenau Germany

Take part in on of our one-to-one driver development courses (one and multi-day courses are available throughout the UK). Sessions are normally 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 Tac-Tick.com , 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 further afield.

 

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. Your first day with us 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. 

 

NOTE- We have a slot free on each of our June19/20 dates - contact for details. 22/5/2019

 

Off road driver training

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 Aston Martin Vantage under instruction on the road performance day 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.Road defensive driver training in a BMW with Drivertuition.com

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.

Multi- Day courses: Aimed at developing a much more cohesive, risk-aware drive that can manage the car in a wide variety of environments: Also, the potential to do our test-track training. These courses are suited to those wishing to take their drive to a much higher level of safety, management and understanding of the dynamics of the vehicle. Our multi day road based courses aim to rectify all significant issues within the drive and lead towards a Police class 1 level of approach, understanding and management. More details at the bottom of this page.

Visit our sister site for our anti-hijack specific courses. www.Tac-Tick.com for further details/specifics.

 

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.

Please take a look at the home page for customer feedback and further details of all the courses we run. OR call for a chat.

 

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 

 

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


ANTI-HIJACK (car-jacking)

 

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 defensive-specific training.

 

Defensive driver training with Drivertuition.com

 

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 official statistics) this is becoming an increasing problem and a real risk. In fact a fatality in Manchester highlighted 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.

 

Anti Hijack defensive driver training with Drivertuition.com

 

Nice car, others think so too! Only not everyone pays for what they want. SADLY.

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The MULTI -DAY Options are explained here. ROAD, TRACK OR DEFENSIVE - 

 


 

A. Intensive three day advanced road course 

Aim - to develop a highly managed drive, creating a level of awareness consistent with class 1 Police driving standards. Although Police class 1 can involve up to 11 weeks of training we introduce the same significant safety and management strategies employed in driving a vehicle on public roads with maximum safety and full appreciation of limits and risk, whilst paying due regard to road traffic laws and legislation required of any law-abiding driver.

You will be introduced to a 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 physiological interaction with the "control surfaces" impacts critically on control of the vehicle.  We will alter your thinking in a very advantageous way.

 

You will be exposed to a wide variety of road conditions during the driving. You have the option of running as a three consecutive day block, or as separated days. We prefer to run on some of the more testing Welsh road routes on second/third day ideally. Your interaction with the car, the management of vehicle dynamics and relationship with other road users are considered considered in depth, to give a much greater appreciation of the the three Ps - Physics, Psychology and Physiology - which we consider to form the basis of fully managed driving. This is consistent whether driving on road, track, high-risk, desert-based or high stress situation driving. In effect a pilot's training for the road.....

 

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 

(27 Oct 3 day residential in our vehicle)

 

Three day road - North West or Wales based. Other areas possible


Track &  Defensive Driver Development Courses

Please call before booking a track-based course. We have a range of options available for 2019. We moved track training on significantly through 2017/8, using core-skill strategies, significantly different to other UK track-based instruction, rather than just "instructing" on a trackday. 

As a result of running both track and tactical courses - these question how people really adapt to taking on new skills and whether we truly listen when under stress - we are incorporating approaches employed in dealing with high risk, undesirable outcomes. The result is high speed training from a developmental perspective.  Important when training for true capability, hence why we encourage logging your training.

Challenging, effective and highly enjoyable A cross between precision, race and the protection world!

Our next available dates are: May 20th, June 19th. Max 8 people on any one day.

CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW TO VIEW A VIDEO OF OUR DAY1 OFF-ROAD TRAINING DAY - VIA OUR GOOGLE SITE

B. Standard Track Driver Course: Competency with understanding is the aim: Where the driver becomes comfortable with traffic, the car and themselves, understands the advantages and disadvantages of racing lines, can understand how to control the balance of the car effectively and also understand how to survive and enjoy track days without placing unnecessary wear rates in the car, ultimately leading towards race capability as required. Breakdown of the days:-

Day 1: Completed on Road. After many years of running these courses this is now a critical part of our track training courses. You soon realise why this works once you start the day!

How you sit in the vehicle and operate the controls - the ergonomics of the drive Steering and rotations Modulation of brake and weight transfer control Modulation of throttle and brake w.r.t steering Lines into corners, lines out of corners and recognition of true apex points Tension in you and how it transfers to the car Gear-change techniques Gear-change hand timings - no-one gets this right! Where you look - observation techniques How you manage/control other vehicles -this transfers directly across to managing other cars on track. How all the inputs you unwittingly create have a subtle effect on car stability and steerability.

The physics of the brake, turn and throttle.

At end of the session you get a written précis of your drive, to be referred to on the second session.

Day 2: Track 1 (e.g. Bedford) 

Prep before taking car on track. This is sent across before the day and would be talked about on day 1. All of the day 1 points are now referenced to the higher speeds on track. We are looking at maximising the use of balance within the car to minimise the requirement for grip, so that, ultimately, we can use the grip to take a balanced drive up to much higher speeds. Also looking at how other cars and drivers behave on track and how to manage flow through other vehicles whilst on track. Recognition of lines is taught, in such a way that it is not circuit specific. Also, understanding how we fatigue, recognising the signs of this and learning how to manage temperatures going on and coming off track.  Option of filming throughout day.

Day 3: Track 2 (e.g. Donington)

Development of all of the above. Emphasis on recognition of lines, but now on a track with camber and elevation, so more testing in terms of balance and where one corner flows into the next, compromising initial turn-in points. Initial part of day would be done with minimal gear-changing before we bring this back in and see how turn-ins are effected. Logging of laps/section times for comparison purposes. Option of filming throughout day.

C. Test track /Defensive driver course:

Day 1 as above. Individual day. These give you the homework/prep for day 2. They are not run consecutively but are stand-alone days.

Day 2: You will join a small group (Normally 6, never exceeding 8) on one of our exclusive test-track-based days, where skills of managing you and your own car can be honed in safety, but also beyond grip, with repeat exercises, classroom discussion and presentations. You will be encouraged to drive up to and beyond both you and your car's limits; you may be put against a watch; you will feel pressure; we will want precision: But you will also really enjoy it immensely! And it doesn't matter what level of ability or confidence you are as you never hold anyone up - or held back by someone in the group. A Fiesta can fit right in with a Porsche.

The environment is highly managed, unlike on a normal trackday - and there are "comms" in all cars. We progressively add extra elements to your drive and your surroundings through the day. You get refreshments and lunch provided. So, not a trackday then.....

Book below:

  • Track Course B can be bought as instruction or inclusive of the trackday booking fees.

  • Course C is fully inclusive of track costs and refreshments/lunch. First available of the day2 session is mid April. See availability for spaces on this part. CLICK HERE TO SEE A FLAVOUR OF WHAT WE DO.

 

Track Development training course - 3 day

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