The full title of this book is Advanced Driving – How To Further Skill And Enjoyment In Motoring.
It is an occasionally verbose but very thorough and educational account of the advanced driving skills advocated and taught for many years by the author, John Lyon.
Lyon has spent much of his adult life teaching advanced driving – including time spent as a racing instructor at Snetterton and a spell as a civilian police driving instructor at the Police Driving School at Hendon.
Mostly, however, he has taught the High Performance Course – a long-running advanced driving course first started by BSM (yes, that BSM) in the 1960s and more recently run independently by Lyon himself.
Lyon has also been involved in numerous high-speed journalistic stunts, including 200mph trips on the autobahn for Autocar magazine; he knows what he’s doing behind the wheel of a car.
What Can I Learn?
Advanced Driving contains advice on all the elements of skill needed to be an advanced driver. Examples include gear, clutch and braking technique, overtaking techniques, cornering, skid control and much, much more.
However, Lyon is keen to stress that being an advanced driver requires the right attitude too – coupled with on-road training and lots of experience.
Aspiring advanced drivers will learn a lot from this book and hopefully be inspired to take their interest further, perhaps with an IAM advanced driving course (the HPC is designed to provide training beyond the IAM advanced level!).
Younger drivers who are not keen readers may find John Lyon’s style a little old-fashioned and hard going – all I would say is that it’s worth persevering if you are seriously interested.
(I would also recommend the TSO book Roadcraft: the police driver’s handbook (Amazon link) to anyone interested in becoming an advanced driver.)
Title: Advanced Driving
Author: John Lyon
Format: Paperback, 210 x 148mm, 256 pages, 158 colour & 15 b&w illustrations