Driving at the Edge of Control

Driving at the Edge of Control

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Driving at the Edge of Control
by Bradley W. Parker

Mr. Parker wrote this article “…in an attempt to save lives and prevent injuries which needlessly occur on and off the highways of the world.” He contends that most people, including law enforcement officers, are currently driving beyond either their vehicle’s limit or their own person limitations.

As a police driving instructor, Mr. Parker observed many of the common mistakes his students, as well as the general motoring public, made while driving. In this article, he outlines some of those problems and offers suggestions about how to improve your driving abilities to give you the best tactical advantage when you are behind the wheel.

Sections he includes are:
  1 – The Eyes
  2 – Basic Vehicle Control
  3 – Living with Attitude
  4 – What Defines the Edge of Control
  5 – Take a Good Look in the Mirror
  6 – Everything You Need to Know About Skids
  7 – If I’d Taken Just One More Minute
  8 – Seat Belts
  9 – Seating and Hand Position
10 – Muscle or Brains
11 – The Go-Cart
12 – Is a Person’s Size Important?
13 – I’m a Good Driver! No, You’re Not!
14 – The 4x4
15 – Trucks and Tractor-Trailers
16 – Backing – One of the Biggest Problems
17 – Signs, Signals and Crunch 

Bradley Parker was hired in 1990 by the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council. Among his many assignments, he taught driving to both new cadets and experienced officers. From the early 1990’s until 2004, Mr. Parker used the Swedish Skid Car to train most of the officers who went through the New Hampshire Police Academy. As an instructor with a background in automotive technology and engineering, Mr. Parker has a unique perspective on vehicle operations, dynamics and control, as well as on human capabilities in operating vehicles.

Specifications: 53 pages; 8-1/2”x11”; coil bound, Publisher: IPTM (August 2009)

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