Book Review: Advanced Driving – Haynes

Haynes Advanced Driving by John LyonDisclosure: I received a free copy of this book for this review. I did not receive any payment and was not required to write a positive review. Links marked with (eBay⇒) or (Amazon⇒) are affiliate links. This means I get paid a small referral fee if you buy something after clicking on the links. This money helps to pay for the running of the website.

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⇒)  to anyone interested in becoming an advanced driver.)

Buy Advanced Driving by John Lyon direct from Haynes or on Amazon (Amazon⇒).

Book Information:

Title: Advanced Driving
Author: John Lyon
Publisher: Haynes
Format: Paperback, 210 x 148mm, 256 pages, 158 colour & 15 b&w illustrations
ISBN: 9780857332219

4 thoughts on “Book Review: Advanced Driving – Haynes

  • August 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    John’s book brought back the training I gained from him, whilst taking the GT course, HPC (High Performance Course) and Silver night drive, his training and knowledge is second to none. The book covers many aspects of Advanced Driving and Roadcraft and I feel anyone who wants to further thier skill would be best to spend a little time with John to gain the most from the book.

    • August 8, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      Thanks for your comment Andy, it’s good to hear from someone who has actually trained with John.

      Roland (

  • December 13, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    I too have been lead by John.

    I drive a 410 HP car and have progressed with my road driving and to most of the Race tracks in the UK and many visits to The Ring (10.28) with no fatalities.

  • January 19, 2021 at 6:29 am

    I passed my hpc test on 4/3/87my member no is 1723 I raced with John on many occasions in the caterham series great times Paul Lowndes


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