• Jan 31st 2008 at 10:29AM
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Motor Trend's Arthur St. Antoine heartily recommends that you enroll in a quality performance driving or racing course if you ever have the opportunity to do so. As you're all aware, that kind of instruction doesn't come cheap, so while you keep plugging that spare change into your piggy bank, he has four basic free tips that can improve your ability behind the wheel. They are:

  • Be Smooth
  • Turn Later
  • Look Ahead
  • Brake like...uh, well...suffice to say it's something you experience regularly. And by "regularly," we mean in the Metamucil sense.
Arthur goes into detail for each tip in his latest editorial. Straightforward, good-practice stuff. As for that braking thing, once you read his explanation, it kinda sounds like a stealth plea for print subscribers if you ask us.

[Source: Motor Trend via Instapundit]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, time to grab a copy of Motor Trend and practice a bit.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The article needs to get a bit more rudimentary.

      -put down the cheeseburger
      -put down the soda
      -stop texting while driving

      then you can move onto the next steps.
        • 7 Years Ago
        +1 This is what I wanted to say. 3 out of 4 times somebody cuts me off they either have the phone in their hand, eating, or are talking to somebody in the backseat. These people wouldn't even know what those original 4 tips mean or how they apply to them.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What's the car in the picture?
      It's One of the nicest cockpit I've seen in a while!
        • 7 Years Ago
        The R8.
        • 7 Years Ago
        looks like an audi. Possibly the R8 following the Tesla Roadster from several days ago.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Audi R8.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Slow in fast out?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Nope. Squeeze and ease.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Okay, how's this?
      A: Drive ahead. Way ahead. You'll rarely use your brakes. Mine typically last 60k front, 100k rear in every car I've had in 50 years of driving, both discs and drums.
      B: Coast. A lot. You'd be amazed how far your car can keep a good head of steam. When it seems you're crawling, check the speedo. You'll be going faster than you realize.
      C: Use the cruise. If you want to go faster, wait for a downhill run to add the mph's.
      D: Smooth is the move. You'll use less fuel and your vehicle will last a lot longer. If you ever saw Jackie Stewart drive, you'll know it's the fastest way to get somewhere.
      E: Draft. If you can trust the guy ahead of you, tuck in a few feet behind. Both will get better mileage. Cops will not like this maneuver, as they believe it's aggressive. I recall an afternoon on the Mass Pike, in a caravan of about a dozen cars, led by a BMW (of course) doing 90-95 for close to a half hour. We passed a cop, who could only watch as we went by. At the end of a 600 mile drive, it was fun to be able to save some time on that stretch. Your mileage may vary. A lot. Don't call for bail!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes, I must +1 that.. WHAT CAR IS THAT A PIC OF??
        • 7 Years Ago
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's the R8 Damon just had in the AB Garage. That's Damon at the wheel, chasing Sam in the Tesla Roadster.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I thought it was the new STI
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think it's an Audi R8. Could be wrong though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wish the last suggestion would be: "Come to my house and drive my Audi R8". Nice car
      • 7 Years Ago
      the whole 'turn in late' thing doesn't seem to apply to turning at intersections too well...
      • 7 Years Ago
      mr. ed, your tips are good except the one about drafting. I don't care who you are cruising with, to do that on a public road is dangerous.

      Reaction time is severely shortened by drafting and is only appropriate for a race track. I'm sure Arthur St. Antoine, and any of the driving instructors he had would all agree that drafting is a bad idea on public roads.
      • 7 Years Ago
      These are great tips for tracking but terrible tips for street driving. In street driving you should use your brakes as sparingly as possible, anticipate braking and let off the throttle to maximize fuel economy. Remember that every time you touch the brake your paying for gas. I'm not some greeny ecomentalist, I just want to make sure there's enough gas left for Sunday.
        • 7 Years Ago
        when i can, i ride the hills of the road and put the car on neutral..i try to glide as much as possible.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good, solid common sense to me, although the braking analogy was new, amusing and informative.

      One can see the complimentary "DON'Ts" of these tips demonstrated on any backroad or freeway on/off ramp by knucklehead in front braking every 30 seconds around a corner...with no one in front of them. My foot can be off the gas and just calmly following the lines and I'll still keep up.
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