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Now in Rochester NY, a UK police trained advanced driving tutor.

Did you know :-

"of the 30 member-countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development [OECD], the USA lies in a saddening and reprehensible 29th position for the per capita rate of road deaths, with a rate over three times worse than that found in the leading nations."
Taken from: Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International

OECD Data, Road accidents.

The Driving Smarts (TDS) - is brought to you by a UK police trained advanced driving tutor, with a driving/test record in the top 2% of UK drivers.

We aim to identify any situations that could lead to an accident, so that you can avoid the accident completely, rather than trying to escape the accident that you are about to have. After all :-

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure !

The Driving Smarts courses are based upon 'Roadcraft' (the system of driving used by the British police), but they have been adapted and designed for driving in the USA.

The Driving Smarts, Advanced Driving Training, is a collection of courses aimed at the average civilian driver that will help you to develop and improve your standard of driving, potentially up to the highest standards in the world. This will reduce your chance of being involved in any accidents, which will keep you and your passengers (family) safe and reduce your costs of repairs and/or insurance claims.

"The United Kingdom is leading the World in Law Enforcement Driver Training. Following the introduction of British Police Driving Schools in 1935, the next twenty years brought a dramatic decrease in collisions by Metropolitan Police drivers. The United Kingdom utilizes a system of car control referred to as Roadcraft. The system was created specifically for the U.K. Police and was put together at the Metropolitan Police Driving School."
Taken from:

"The RoSPA advanced driving test (Roadcraft) is regarded as the most comprehensive and challenging available to the public. A RoSPA gold is the highest civilian driving standard available and the holder will be a master of his or her art."

The TDS driving style/system is different from most of the other driving courses available in the USA in three major ways :-

  1. it is a pratical course, not just classroom based - we get out in your car and drive
  2. the system is designed to help you identify and avoid potential hazards, rather than trying to teach you how to escape from an imminant collision - which at best would involve difficult manovers, and at worst be impossible,
    ie. it's too late, your going to have that accident !
  3. it is designed to be simple and systematic - so that you will be able to apply it easilly in all driving situations

All the courses are specifically designed for normal, everyday driving on the public road - they are not racing car or track driving.

Whilst the track driving courses are great fun and useful for learning car control, they are not really relevent to public road driving. If you are having to use those techniques for controling a skid, then you have already failed in mainatining a safe drive.

The key difference between road and track driving is - on a track there are no 'unexpected' traffic, lights, people, cyclists, bad road surface, etc… and so you can take your car to the limit without the need to consider the ability to stop or even avoid some hazard in the road. On a track, if there is some problem ahead, then peolpe (the track marshals) will start waving colored flags at you - this does not happen on the public road.

Is This a Course For Me - why / who ?

Here are some reasons why you might decide to take these courses :-