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  • By: Ben Collins
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How to Drive

By: Ben Collins
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Former Top Gear Stig Ben Collins shares expert skills and wisdom refined over a 20-year career as one of the best drivers in the world - from Le Mans Series racing to NASCAR, piloting the Batmobile and dodging bullets with James Bond.

Ben's philosophy of anticipation, smoothness and speed, honed over thousands of hours of elite-level performance, is really about economy of motion - which also gives you greater control, safety and fuel efficiency. How to Drive is about driving better, not faster.

Whether you've been behind the wheel for the best part of 30 years or you bought your first L-plate 10 seconds ago, this is the stuff your instructor missed, your dad forgot and your mates pretend to know...but don't.

©2015 Ben Collins (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Mandatory Listening for people with a licence

I thought this was overall excellent but find myself dropping star review for performance and story. Why? well these ratings are normally used for delivery and story content. This is no Morgan Freeman narrating what happened to Andy. This book struck me as more of a dictionary of driving. As such rates lesser than Andy's story. While he probably could've invited Jeremy Clarkson in to replace some content with entertainment, it would only leave this to be just anther Top Gear offshoot. In short I'm glad he chose to avoid the "Jeremy opinion" and stick with the facts.

Driving is a subject that attracts heated attitudes and opinions yet Ben seems to have avoided that rabbit hole. What we get instead hear is the factual guidance of how to drive, all based on Bens accumulated experiences. I'd describe the approach is as per a top surgeon explaining what you need to do to perform an operation.

Ben has approached this as your mentor, explaining the consequences of your inputs and how that affects your vehicle. But this is not a government sponsored safety lecture. Just think of yourself as a celebrity being instructed on how to best handle your car.

This could be the ideal present for young adults that you wish to see living as well as older people who say their driving effort is "good enough".. Finally I'd like to see a follow up to this with guest contribution from other professional drivers, reinforcing what is said. The content of this book is a well overdue public service and I'm glad Ben stepped up. This definitely belongs on the must read list. Thanks Ben


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An entertaining refresher course on driving

An excellent and entertaining refresher course in one of daily lifes most important and potentially dangerous skills.

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Great book

I have missed my calling to be a racing driver I’m a tiny bit to old now and I’ve only just recently discovered Motorsport, I have recently decided to try similar racing on PlayStation and computer and this book so far has given me tips on how to get faster but also helped in everyday driving and I still have 5 hours remaining I recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve their driving skill in real life, increase speed while racing in a game or even become faster on the track if you have that opportunity

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Confused

History? biography? user guide to driving? some chapters I enjoyed, some I wasn't interested in.

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Refreshingly Useful and Straightforward

This is an ideal listen if you haven't yet engaged with the subject of your driving skills. Ben's clarity of instruction and depth of experience means you get an informative guide by a well practised instructor, not so much a narrative epic by a rehearsed thespian. You can tell Ben regularly teaches these things and practices them to incredible levels. Illustrative side-stories about driving for movies and TV are also nice.

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