How To Drive: The Ultimate Guide – From The Man That Was The Stig, by Ben Collins
© 2014 MacMillan, ISBN 9781447272830 (Paperback)

It’s a terrifying reality for many road users that most of today’s new drivers are taught little more than how to pass their drivers’ license test. Too few receive enough time with a qualified instructor before they’re given the stamp that says they can now drive a car unsupervised.

I’d like to say that I was an exception to that rule. My dear mother – bless her soul – did most of my instructing before I was given a few ‘finishing school’ lessons with a qualified instructor at the end. It set me up well and I passed the test with flying colours.

While that put me in a better position than many of my peers, did I really how to actually drive?

That is the premise of Ben Collins’ second book, How to Drive. After the success of The Man in the White Suit autobiography that prompted his sacking as The Stig from the Top Gear TV show, this book isn’t a follow-up – it’s a completely different beast.

At 269 pages, it’s a comprehensive guide and collection of anecdotes that amount to his years of experience as one of the best driving instructors, racers and stunt drivers in the business. This isn’t a series of stories from his Top Gear days or chapters covering his stunt driving work in the latest James Bond films; it’s a book dedicated to making better drivers out of all of us.

Collins’ easy-to-read style – a Godsend given the potentially dry subject matter – covers everything from the basics: seating position, clutch control, gear shifts, all the way through to more advanced concepts, such as advanced braking, predicting potential accidents – there’s even a chapter on drifting!

This book isn’t going to turn you into the next Stig or make you a professional racing driver, but its advice could help you drive more smoothly and safely. Perhaps it could make the difference if you ever found yourself in strife.

This is an ideal – almost mandatory – book for anyone embarking on getting their drivers’ license, or for anyone who’s recently obtained it.

For the more experienced – or habit-ridden – drivers out there, this title contains plenty of possibly new tips and advice you perhaps hadn’t considered. It might help break some of those habits that could actually be the difference between life and death.

How To Drive: The Ultimate Guide – From The Man That Was The Stig is currently available at all specialty book resellers. Our review copy was kindly provided to us by Pan MacMillan Australia.

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Richard Bailey

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