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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (27 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085733221X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857332219
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John Lyon has been teaching safe driving of high-performance road cars for over 45 years, giving one-to-one tuition to many thousands of keen drivers through the High Performance Course, now his own business but once part of the British School of Motoring. For a period in the 1960s he became the only civilian instructor ever to work for the Metropolitan Police Driving School, which at the time set the highest driving standards in the world.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JohnP on 22 May 2012
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I must make it clear that I am a motoring enthusiast and IAM Observer. Seeing that John had published something so recent and being aware of his reputation I bought it.

The Book contains a lot of excellent advice but is peppered with many "voice of experience" snippets which I tired of. I found that really good insights of the practical application of Advanced Techniques had to be gleaned from the extensive wording.

For an avid motoring enthuiast it will be of interest but if not it will be very hard work
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hardtoplease on 15 May 2012
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John Lyon coached me on the original BSM High Performance Course in the winter of 1971/72 and I owe him a lot for a lifetime's enjoyment and interest in advanced driving. He is a brilliant driver and coach and I was looking forward to reading this book. It certainly contains a wealth of valuable advice and anecdotes from John's 50 years of driver training experience. But I was disappointed that the book contains so many (to me irritating) basic errors. I give some examples below. John repeatedly writes "speed is time multiplied by distance"; speed is distance divided by time (e.g. miles per hour). Perhaps he means "Distance is speed multiplied by time". He describes kinetic energy as "a force". It is not, as any competent scientist or engineer will tell you! On page 226 he says an eighth of an inch is 3cm; it should be 3mm. On the same page he gives an incorrect explanation of legal tyre tread depth; why not just copy out a correct version from The Highway Code? Earlier in the book he describes reversing from a driveway as "a traffic offence". While it is against the advice of The Highway Code, and in most circumstances an inadvisable and unsafe practice, it is wrong to imply that of itself it is an offence against the law (as I believe most readers would interpet those words). Having said the above, I enjoyed reading the book. But it could have been so much better. Perhaps Haynes Publishing should have employed a more critical proof reader.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MikeK on 5 May 2012
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I found this to be an excellent book which clearly illustrates John's vast depth of knowledge in the area of Advanced Driver Training. I attended a driver training course with John in the mid 1990's and this book revisits many of the key points covered in that training. I have no doubt that if the reader applies the advice in this book, not only will they become a better driver, but they will gain an appreciation and passion for what it truly means to be an 'Advanced Driver'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ray D on 14 Aug 2012
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I have known and trained with John Lyon since the mid 80's, and I brought this book as a result of that friendship. I think it can be used read and used in two different ways:

It can be read by an interested newcomer to advanced driving, to encouage and stimulate that interest, to hopefully go and get some advanced coaching.

This would then lead on to the second use of the book, which I feel would be it's main use, as a reference manual for the established advanced driver, who is continually striving to maintain, and improve his/her level of ability. It is of great use for this purpose, with clearly defined chapters for each area of driving, making it easy to find the subject on which you are working.

I have found it to be an interesting and worhtwhile addition to my library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy Grove-Gough on 8 Aug 2012
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I have been lucky enough to be trained by John and found his book excellent; I suggested to him many years ago that he should write such a book. For me it revisits the courses and training I under took with John, he is the Master Driver and this book covers many aspects of the training gained with him whilst taking The High Performance Course and The Night Driving Course. For those who have taken the IAM or RoSPA ADA Advanced tests this will help further their knowledge. I feel a session or two with John would help expand your understanding of the book in more detail and Advance your driving even further. I wish he had written this book twenty years ago.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm Heymer on 19 May 2012
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An excellent analysis of what it takes to make swift, safe progress on the roads. Plenty of illustrations to make it easier to understand the points made, and anecdotes from the author's extensive experience of driver training. Well set out with chapters on all aspects of safe driving, including pre-drive checks and driver fitness. It will make even the most experienced drivers reassess their skill levels.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Johnsno on 10 May 2012
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The best book I have ever read on Advanced Driving (and in 35 years or so of "advanced driving" I have read all that I have been aware of). I think it's helpful if the reader is already a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists or similar, and has read and understood Roadcraft - The Police Driver's Handbook, but not essential. The "Voice of Experience" anecdotes in separate boxes make it unique, and I found it easy to read.

John does get a bit technical on skidding, and it's helpful to understand the physics of forces acting on a moving vehicle, but I thought it was good that this information (and other information in other chapters) was brought into the public domain, which some authorities may have been reluctant to do.

I was taught by John Lyon quite a number of years ago now, and he is the finest road driver I have ever sat beside. The book was, in a way, a refresher course, as it reminded me of several points I had forgotten about or had not been applying!
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