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3.0 out of 5 stars John Lyon's Advanced Driving book, 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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Initial post: 18 May 2012 00:10:31 BDT
I spotted all those, and a typo on page 146, and intend to write a little critique to send to John which he may consider for future editions. Please do not let us be put off enjoying, learning from and applying this excellent book by a very few inaccuricies. As a mechanical engineer I do understand about kinetic energy, centripetal force and centrifugal reaction, but many readers will not, so it may be legitimate to use terms more easily understood by those who are not engineers or scientists! When talking to non technical people I have referred to kinetic energy as "killing force". Is that so wrong? David Johnson
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