So I had mu drivng course today. From CTEC if you weren't following the March thread. My company sent me, and several others, so see if if was worth sending the whole team. Like most big companies, we keep statistics, and for us, driving is hands down the most dangerous activity we ask any employee or contractor to do. I've asked around, and that's true of a lot of places. That's part of what drives the popularity of driving schools. This school was 100% corporate clients.
Anyway, the day was divded up into five peices. 1) classroom, pretty basic stuff, a few gross crash videos, and some good info on the physics of emergency driving and good driving habits.
2) reversing. a four station course all done in reverse. I was driving a chebby suburban rental, and man, that thing is long. still, the techniques the instructor taught me helped a lot.
3) Pylon course - pretty much the same as you'd see on Canada's worst driver, except no smug host. Did it a few times at pretty normal speeds, then got bored and did a few fst runs. Turns out my technique flaws are amplified when driving faster, and I plow into the cones. Who would have guessed?
4) Skid truck. Truck with hydraulic casters on each corner to raise and lower the truck to remove traction. Great tool to teach skid techniques on a warm dry day. I really enjoyed this part, and scored pretty well too. Correcting oversteer is somewhat second nature to me, but understeer took a lot of coaching from the instructor.
5) simulator - I could see that this could be valuable, but by the end of the day, I wasn't really getting a lot out of it. Supposed to teach you eye scanning techniques, recognizing and avoiding hazards.
Each group of students did the stations in a different order,
All in all, good course, but not sure if I'm going to suggest my whole team at work take it.
Anyone know any good driving courses for collision avoidance etc? I hear Schlumberger does one.
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