Author: Tony Scotti


Passing the vehicle in front of you is one driving skill we often do but don’t give it much thought. Once you decide to pass a vehicle in an urban environment, realize, and remember that you and your car will be spending a good deal of time in the wrong lane.

To give you an idea of how much time and distance, consider this scenario. If you are traveling at 50 mph or 80KPH and passing the average sedan or SUV going 40 mph or 64 KPH, you will need about 10 seconds and 736 feet or 225 Meters to complete the pass safely.

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EPST Magazine

executive protection and secure transportation magazine

The International Security Driver Association (ISDA) Executive Protection and Secure Transportation Magazine (EPST) is one of the oldest Protective Services publications in the profession. The magazine has been read by Executive Protection and Secure Transportation practitioners from over 300 Fortune companies, security personnel for High-Net-Worth Families, Private Security Companies, and various Military/Government agencies through four decades.

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Dramatic Increase in Carjackings

Statistically, driving the principal from point A to point B has been the highest risk the principal faces during their daily routine. A not so new risk needs to be added to that trip, and that is the dramatic increase, in fact, a staggering increase in carjackings in parts of the United States during the pandemic. Here is a couple of reasons why.

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Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

The topic for this week’s episode is an outline of the assassination of Iranian Senior Nuclear Scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, dubbed the father of the Iranian nuclear program, held the rank of brigadier general in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). According to intelligence reports, he was responsible for Iran’s development of nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles.

On Friday, November 27th, 2020, at 2:15 PM, Fakhrizadeh was ambushed while traveling in an armored Nissan Teana on a rural road in Absard.

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Understeer vs. Oversteer

Understeer and Oversteer are terms used to explain vehicle characteristics, and they are important signals transmitted to you by the vehicle, it is how the vehicle communicates to you. It is the vehicle’s way of telling you what you should do next. In a nutshell, understeer and oversteer are the interrelationships of the front and rear ends of the car.

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cold weather tire pressures TPMS

Colder weather can trigger a vehicle’s tire-pressure-monitoring system overnight. At some point, almost everyone has seen the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) warning light appear on the dashboard.
When TPMS is activated it means 25% less air in your tire which limits the capability of your car in an emergency.

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EPST Podcast Episode 157 - Vehicle Dynamics

Whether driving down the highway, around corners or trying to navigate out of a potentially dangerous scenario, the vehicle driver combination must operate within the laws of physics and specifically within Sir Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion. Understanding vehicle dynamics creates the platform for a standard for one of the most important aspects of executive protection – secure transportation. It is ISDA’s opinion that many training providers take liberty with the phrase Vehicle Dynamics. This opinion is not a criticism but an observation.

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The Science of Winter Driving

I know it’s not winter yet, but the days and nights are getting cooler, and just a couple of weeks ago in the New England area had its first snow.

Winter will be here before you know it, so we felt it was the perfect opportunity to discuss Winter driving and secure transportation.

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