First Attempt

In passing at one of the events I was competing in, one of the instructors organizing the HADA Advanced Driving School asked me to come out and help run/instruct their course. I’ve never taken any sort of advanced driving school before so I wasn’t really sure what to expect.

HADA Club Banner

HADA Club Banner

Thankfully, there were a number of people who signed up. People who were keen to learn a bit more about driving. Which is great, since there were many of us more than happy to share what we know about driving with the hope that we can improve the safety and confidence behind the wheel.

The school started off with an in class session where we discussed seating positions, mirror setup, and various other driving techniques. It’s not uncommon to see people with very sub-optimal seating positions. This can actually have a negative effect on the driver being able to control their vehicle in a tricky situation.

Hands of a driver

Hands of a driver

From the classroom we went immediately to the cars. The students would be driving their own vehicles with instructors with them whenever they are practicing a drill. That way they would receive instant feedback and guidance when going through the drills. We had 3 drills where drivers would work on different skills at each.

Drill 1 had a slalom followed by a panic braking exercise.

First Attempt

First Attempt

Drill 2 had an accident avoidance scenario followed by tight in and out element.

Accident Avoidance

Accident Avoidance

Drill 3 was the skid pad. Where students would learn about what happens when the limit is reached.

Practicing Tight Turns

Practicing Tight Turns

After cycling through the drills a number of times it was back to the classroom. Here the students would recap and discuss/share any items regarding any lessons on as a group.

Once the discussions were over, it was back at it. This time with a mock autocross course combining all the elements from each drill into one continuous course. At this point I had watched all the students have fun all day running around cones. I wanted to get out there myself. When I asked, the head instructor said, “Make sure you take some students with you.” How could I say no?

The instructors cleverly turned the circular skid pad into a figure 8 element. Having never seen one of those in competition before, it was time to go mess around. Inevitably, I started drifting it. Super fun.

Big thanks to the HADA club for setting up the day and inviting me to come out to have some fun while at the same time helping some people drive safer day to day. Big success!

Keep an eye onĀ HADA website next season for information about the next HADA Advanced Driving School.

Below is a video of me taking a student around the figure 8 element. Sideways.


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