It’s a new year, and that means, well, you might not keep to all your resolutions, but one thing you can do is constantly work at improving yourself.
Our roads are known to be dangerous at times. Whether that’s because of other drivers driving negligently or because the road surfaces aren’t how they should be, it can be treacherous out there.
That’s where Advanced Driving courses come in handy. You are taught some of the skills you need to be able to handle situations that are precarious. Let’s look at some of the options available to you.
Manufacturer specific courses.
You can often find that your car manufacturer has their own driving academies, which specialise in that brand’s vehicles.
For instance, you can do Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Volkswagen driving courses.
Volkswagens are among the most popular cars, and in fact, we find a lot of people sell us theirs, which illustrates the popularity of this manufacturer for at least first-time car owners.
The courses available include exciting courses like the GTI 7 Full Day Course. You get to take control of the fun and gorgeous GTI 7 in a track and skidpan driving course. The idea being, when one drives a high-performance car, one is likely to drive much faster, gearing up much quicker, and when one does, the manageability of the car becomes trickier. It is more difficult to react to sudden situations at top speeds. It is also more difficult to take corners. It would be negligent when buying a high-performance car to not ensure you have the skills to handle it. Simply the ability to accelerate much quicker makes it tempting to do so.
So, the course helps provide you with an understanding of how the vehicle handles at higher speeds… and to be able to correct sudden skids – a danger on our roads when driving fast.
There is also a course, by the National Hijack Prevention Academy, on how to deal with a sadly all too common South African crime phenomenon: hijackings. This is so important because a hijacking can happen at any time, day or night. One key aspect is an awareness of the car behind you. Does it seem to be following you? What happens when you try a little used route – does it turn when you turn? One of the better tricks is to pull into a service station with a clear avenue of escape, and see if the vehicle continues to follow you inside the service station. If so, be ready to take off – and head straight for the police.
The course provides you with these sorts of insights as well as what to do in the event you are caught off-guard and are in the process of being hijacked. This will increase your chances of getting through the incident unscathed.
Do you feel the adrenaline?
Another school, Adrenalin Specialised Driving provides a host of courses, including defensive driving courses. In their own words, “the aim of the Adrenalin Defensive Driving Courses is to provide training to licensed drivers to raise awareness, skill levels and assess attitude and the potential danger associated with the wrong attitude.”
Other courses include Advanced Driving & Car Control, High Performance / Track Driving, and Skidpan Car Control.
Whichever you choose (or perhaps you want to do them all), you will come out a better driver.
What South Africa needs is more drivers like you willing to learn how to handle different driving situations. And it is possible that you can reduce your insurance premiums, or at least request the annual increases are not as high as they could be, by sending a copy of your driving course certificate to your insurance company’s head office.
So, go on, get into the right gear for 2019 through a willingness to take your driving to the next level.