ESC and ABS make J-Turns in a high Center of Gravity (CG) vehicle much more exciting and expensive. A comment from VDI’s Joe Autera "This is why serious professionals - be they drivers or instructors - have relegated the J-Turn to the "Cool, But Not Really Useful" Bin....along with "Boot Leg" turns and jumping on/off the running boards of a moving vehicle." It is … [Read more...] about Range Rover wrecks during high speed J-turn into his own Driveway
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The upcoming Indy 500 is one of the most iconic racing events of the year, so I thought I would do a simple analyst of the race and track. Hopefully, it will make watching the race more enjoyable. The Indy track is 2.5 miles in length. The track consists of two long straights that are 3300 feet in length and two short that are 660 feet long. The four corners are 1320 feet … [Read more...] about Indy by the Numbers – (The VDI Way)
If you have been to a VDI program, you know that only thing between you and the road are your tires. Here are some statistics Yearly estimates back up that statement. On average: Drivers in the United States put more than 2,969 billion miles on their tires, There are nearly 11,000 tire-related crashes, and Almost 200 people will die in those crashes. Many of … [Read more...] about Tire Safety
I wrote the first “The Miscellaneous Ramblings of an Old Man” in 2011, I was a young 72 at the time. I am now approaching 78, which is the new 76. They are, as the title would suggest, the random thoughts that enter the mind of an old guy. Mostly one liner’s that cover life in general, especially an old life, the profession, politics and anything else that enters what is left … [Read more...] about The Miscellaneous Ramblings of an Old Man Part 7
The most asked question I receive is “What EP training program should I attend.” My answer is “I have no idea.” The reason for the answer; the old Scotti School and now VDI operate under a business model that is substantially different than the business model that exists in the present day EP training environment. NOT BETTER, NOT WORSE – DIFFERENT. The results of that Business … [Read more...] about When Can You?