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How to Drive: Real World Instruction and Advice from Hollywood's Top Driver

How to Drive: Real World Instruction and Advice from Hollywood's Top Driver

by Ben Collins


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Here's the ultimate guide to being the best—and safest—driver possible. And an absolute must for everyone with a learner's permit. Former Top Gear Stig and professional driver Ben Collins shares expert skills culled from a twenty year career as one of the best drivers in the world, famous for racing in the Le Mans series and NASCAR, piloting the Batmobile, and dodging bullets with James Bond. Refined over thousands of hours of elite-level performance in the physics of driving, his philosophy results in greater control and safer, more efficient and fun driving for all skill levels.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452145297
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 709,837
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ben Collins has competed in motor racing since 1994, and his company Collins Autosport provides precision and stunt driving for film and television, including Top Gear, the James Bond films Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale, and Skyfall, and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. He lives in Bristol, England.

Table of Contents

Preface: How Not to Drive 6

Introduction: How to Drive 8

Part 1 A Very Short History of Driving

1.1 Roads Aren't Straightforward 14

1.2 Burning Rubber 19

1.3 Road Rage 21

1.4 The Driving Test 24

1.5 King of the Road 27

Part 2 The Basics

2.1 Are You Sitting Comfortably 32

2.2 The Beast 40

2.3 Smooth Operator 50

2.4 Shifting Gears 54

2.5 Steering 64

2.6 Braking 69

2.7 Curves: The Art of Turning a Corner 95

Part 3 The Open Rood

3.1 Avoiding .Accidents 120

3.2 Intersections 132

3.3 Passing 140

3.4 Multilane Highways 155

3.5 Freeways/Interstate Highways 156

3.6 In the Zone 174

3.7 Free Your Mind (and the Rest Will Follow) 179

3.8 Vision 186

3.9 Night Driving 192

3.10 Basic Instinct 196

3.11 Visualization: The Perfect Lap 201

Part 4 Skidding

4.1 The Limits of Grip 206

4.2 Driving in Wet Weather 215

4.3 Winter Driving 226

4.4 Worst-Case Scenarios 238

4.5 Stunt Driving 246

Epilogue: Drifting through London 272

Acknowledgments 276

Bibliography 276

Source Material 276

Image Credits 277

Index 277

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