8: On-going driver training

People who are passionate about driving (myself included) and those whose skills need to be beyond reproach (like racing drivers, chauffeurs and Police Drivers) regularly question their skills and participate in advanced driver training.

As we learn about any new subject, such as driving or running a business, we go through four stages of consciousness . . . → Read More: 8: On-going driver training

7: Limit handling

Even with good planning, foresight and management information, unforeseen things can still happen that threaten the business. In our analogous car, we may be driving slowly and cautiously because it’s a frosty morning, but we may still not be able to avoid hitting another car skidding out of control towards us. All we can do . . . → Read More: 7: Limit handling

6: Instrumentation

Cars have a variety of instrumentation including the ubiquitous speedometer and odometer, rev counter, oil pressure gauge, turbo boost gauge, warning lights for the traction control and so on. The general rule is that cars have instruments that give the driver information appropriate for that vehicle. So while a battery powered town car might need . . . → Read More: 6: Instrumentation

5: Anticipation

One of the key differences between the majority of drivers on the roads today and those who might have taken a further test such as IAM or RoSPA is anticipation. That this one single skill is generally underdeveloped is clear wherever you look on the roads: for example when you see people driving close behind . . . → Read More: 5: Anticipation

4: In-car communication

Most parents will know first-hand the cries of ‘are we there yet’ coming from the back seat. We might have have planned our journey, but our small passengers can quickly bore of looking at the back of our seat. In fact, even someone sitting beside us may be itching to take a break.

Our fellow . . . → Read More: 4: In-car communication

3: Journey planning

The six P’s (proper planning prevents p poor performance) is a reminder that we all need to take a strategic approach to life. . . . → Read More: 3: Journey planning

2: Formative steps

If one person has sole responsibility for the gear lever and another the brake pedal, the ability of the driver to control an emergency situation is greatly impaired. . . . → Read More: 2: Formative steps

1: Learning to drive

The fact that I needed to finely co-ordinate my arms and legs between steering wheel, hand-brake and gear lever, accelerator, clutch and foot-brake, considering information from three mirrors whilst sitting to one side of the vehicle: it was overwhelming. At the end of half an hour I had already decided that I would never be able to master it. . . . → Read More: 1: Learning to drive

Eight driving analogies

I am as passionate about driving as I am about helping business folk to be more effective. Since most of us are able to drive cars, it seems a simple way of better understanding the business challenges that we face, so I hope that you enjoy the next series of eight simple analogies.