Advanced Driving Courses in Washington State

Over the past 12 years, Advanced Drivers of North America has carried out driver safety training for various valued clients in the Pacific North West.

An aerial view of Seattle
A wonderful view of the city of Seattle, as I flew in on August 12, 2017, and like all cities, the sort of place we can use interesting challenges and install a much better understanding of safe driving, especially on Advanced Drivers of North America’s “Silver” and “Gold” courses. Copyright image.

My own first visit to Washington was to carry out training for a client in the somewhat quieter south-eastern corner of the State:  the “Tri-Cities” of Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco, to be precise.

To ensure best possible service, unless we have been to the same specific location recently, ADoNA instructors try to arrive at the town or city in question an extra day early (for no additional fee) so that we can find the most challenging routes to use on the courses, for training and assessment drives, or to find additional, safety-focused challenges on our previously-established routes.  This cannot be a guaranteed part of each contract but is done whenever and wherever possible.

Photo of a BMW 335i parked in a pull-off beside some beautiful Washington State scenery.
The BMW 335i that I had the pleasure of driving for my “route reconnaissance/development” sessions. As so often happens, here in Washington State the most scenic routes often also provide some of the most useful challenges for top-level safe driver training. Copyright image.

About ten days ago, as a result of this corporate policy which I’m very confident is unique in the USA — as is the massively-proven style of our training — I flew to Seattle on the Saturday morning and spent the rest of that day, plus the full, following day doing exactly this.

So why am I writing about this topic?  It’s to illustrate two things:

Firstly, and for by far the most important reason, it is to show you just one small example of how much thought, planning and care we put into our research-based and best-practice-driven advanced and defensive driving courses.

Photo of a BMW 335i beside the Pacific Ocean, Washington State, USA.
A second shot of the BMW 335i that I had the pleasure of driving for my “route reconnaissance/ development” sessions. This time, however, the background is the Pacific Ocean. (The fact that I was travelling alone is clear from the presence of the big puddle. One doesn’t park like that if passengers have to get in or out! 🙂 ) Copyright image.

Secondly, though, it’s just to say that we at ADoNA, have the good fortune to enjoy some very nice “views from the office,” as part of our immensely effective preparatory work.

Naturally, however, as a driver’s defensive and advanced driving skills are developed, the broadest possible range of challenges are used, on all types of road, to lead to the safest possible style of driving in the longer term.

Lastly, but by no means least, the lovely BMW in these photos was loaned to me, at her own suggestion, by my good friend Mi Ae Lipe whom I met when she and two others worked together to book a three-day, “Bronze” advanced driving course for private individuals with me, near Seattle.  Why did she want to lend me the car?  That’s easy, apart from being kind, she knows that just like her I vastly prefer the pleasure of driving manual-transmission / stick-shift cars.

Mi Ae also runs a driver safety blog under the title of Driving in the Real World.

Author: EddieWren

Eddie Wren is the CEO and Chief Instructor at Advanced Drivers of North America. His driver safety background is given at:

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