Ideal Mixed (Bad!) Weather Conditions for a Gold Advanced Driving Course

Of all the different levels of driver training we provide at Advanced Drivers of America [AD0NA], “Gold” courses are often the most gratifying because we can guide and watch people achieving the highest levels of safety — far above the standards that other drivers are even aware of.

The very first driving day (following a full day in a classroom setting) was by far the most challenging for the weather, but while this isn’t always available, the snow was an ideal addition for the purposes of a gold-standard, maximum safety, advanced driving course. Copyright image.

Our courses are all built on the globally-unsurpassed training platform that has been continually developed and refined since 1935 by the traffic patrol police in Britain, and which is known as the “System of Car Control.” It may very easily be shown to be the most in-depth training and safest approach in the world. It has been available to civilian drivers – not just police – since 1955 and it has now been carefully adapted, exclusively by ADoNA, to fit perfectly into American safety culture.

“Gold” courses may only be undertaken by individuals who already hold an ADoNA “Silver” qualification or an equivalent from overseas, and one of our previous Silver qualifiers — John B., from California — achieved a Gold pass on this occasion. Congratulations on your hard work and determination, John.

What follows, below, is simply a small gallery of additional images showing the mixed conditions and a very small insight into the content and driver-safety challenges of this course, which was based in Albany, NY, a few days ago. (February, 2019).

A wise pedestrian, wearing conspicuous clothing in atrocious weather. Copyright image.
How many drivers ignore most road signs, let alone the more esoteric ones such as this? See below. Copyright image.
So even if most drivers would not expect this activity on a foul, winter’s day, the above sign wasn’t lying! Copyright image.
The almost ever-present danger of drivers who think their headlights are only to help them to see, and not also to be seen. (See the second approaching vehicle on the left.) Copyright image.
Fortunately, the driver following this snow plow had the good sense to be using his/her headlights and therefore could at least be seen. Copyright image.
This situation creates a significant double-jeopardy, neither part of which involves the USPS vehicle at the time of delivery. Copyright image.
A classic danger-zone in relation to Vulnerable Road Users [VRU]. What might happen next is potentially critical. Copyright image.
Two very visible dangers and others that could be and should be anticipated. Copyright image.
All three of these pedestrians crossed this main street and then the adjacent side street, but only the older guy at the rear of this group did it properly – meaning for best safety. Copyright image.
The NYSP doing a good job of monitoring speeds in a village. Copyright image.
Dogs ahead! (A trainee’s joke, not mine!) Copyright image.
And somebody else with a sense of humor was apparently trying to tell drivers that the road was even more slippery than the unadulterated sign previously suggested! Copyright image.
A classic location where a driver can encounter many potential “conflicts” in a very short time and distance. Copyright image.
Advanced drivers will know the exact implications on safety of a double-curve like this (irrespective of the weather, the tire marks and the sign), but it’s not something that most drivers would ever consider. Copyright image.
Very obvious dangers and yet all too often children approaching or leaving school buses are still being killed or badly injured. The gray car’s location in the center lane could complicate the issue a little on this occasion. Copyright images.
On the final day — and not in New York State — we encountered this snow plow coming the other way and clearly not being well driven on a sharp curve with a very apparent adverse camber. See the next photo. Copyright image.
In this cropped, close-up of the previous image it is easy to see one reason why the plow was not under such good control as it should have been. Copyright image.

As a footnote we will stress that full winter tires were used for this course – something which typically increases safety much more than having a four-wheel-drive vehicle.

If you employ drivers, we can greatly increase their safety and thereby protect your business profits (irrespective of what other training they might previously have had). See more details about our COURSES, at various levels as applicable, then contact us from that page.


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Author: EddieWren

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

2 thoughts on “Ideal Mixed (Bad!) Weather Conditions for a Gold Advanced Driving Course”

  1. I originally learned the system over 34 years ago in the UK. My original driving habits were very poor. Learning the system gave me a sense of pride in my driving, and I developed a much more polished and safer approach.
    Having discovered the AD0NA offerings several years ago, a refresher was definitely overdue. I learned newer information on airbags and attitude to speed and risk taking. I also learned that i was missing some elements of the system. The new information was added to my previous knowledge of the system.
    This latest course, again refreshed my driving habits. and recharged my enthusiasm and determination to practice better driving.
    The course content is so far beyond what most drivers ‘know’. Any organization that requires the highest level of professionalism in their drivers should take a very hard look at ADoNA offerings. The knowledge learned will reduce the risk of loss if the trainee practices what is taught.

    Thanks Eddie!

    1. It was great to have you along on another course, John.
      Your hard work and dedication to the goal of maximum safety was what gained you a result that is by no means easy to achieve.
      Well done!

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