DRIVE SMART – NEW ON SAFEisFAST

As our president Bobby Rahal says: “You have to check out our newest online video – Drive Smart, How To Be Safer on the Road.”

Simulation programs like this one from Driving MBA teach focus and awareness. [DrivingMBA screen grab]

Simulation programs like this one from Driving MBA teach focus and awareness. [DrivingMBA screen grab]

 

The presentation is geared toward improving focus and awareness for young drivers, who have so many more distractions to deal with these days, not to mention learning the basics of car control.

There is much to be learned from the experience of race drivers and this video covers a wide range of topics geared to help young drivers be safer on the road.

“Road accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers,” says Rahal, “so there’s a lot to be learned from race drivers in spotting potentially dangerous situations and developing the car control skills to avoid a crash.”

Narrated by SPEED’s Bob Varsha sage advice comes from active racers Scott Dixon, Will Power, James Hinchcliffe, Simona de Silvestro, Joey Hand and Gabby Chaves, plus simulation experts and representatives from several top driving schools.

Damien Scott, General Manager, Williams Technology Centre, Qatar, explains its F1 racing simulation program that has been adapted and made available in a pilot program for training road drivers.

Driving MBA also uses sophisticated road driving simulation programs (see image above) to teach awareness and reaction as is explained by CEO Richard Wojtczak and Lead Instructor Kathleen Ryan.

Alan Rudolph, Chief Instructor for Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, plus the school’s Operations Chief Darren Law and Bob himself offer astute insights in developing both focus and car control through skid car and wet skid pad training.

A Bondurant skid car in action. [Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving screen grab]

A Bondurant skid car in action. [Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving screen grab]

President Dan Strollo and Lead Instructor Kevin Stromski of The In-Control Family Foundation’s safe driving school in Massachusetts discuss taking driver education seriously.

“If you are a teenager or have a teenage son or daughter,” Rahal exhorts, “I strongly recommend you take a look at the video.

“And even some of us over-the-hill racers may learn a thing or two.”

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