It’s Far Tougher to Get Licensed in Germany

It’s like, over there they’re taught to drive, here we’re taught to pass a test.

Read it online at Autonet.

Favourite line:

There has to be something to Germany’s methods if its drivers are travelling at twice the speed, but with a lower accident rate.

I also like how it’s more expensive, because people tend to take things more seriously when they have to pony up big bucks.

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Screaming through Newfoundland’s Suburbs

Read it online at Autonet.

Favourite line:

Imagine a historic town is shut down and roped off into a complex driving course. You drive through it as fast as you can, the police don’t care, and you do this 10 times a day. That’s Targa Newfoundland.

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Total video-game courses.

Thank you sincerely, to the people of Newfoundland, for opening your province and allowing me to almost smash into your homes.

I had the best co-driver, Michel Crepault; we were an excellent match.

See, math camp:

The Micra was stock, I kicked the crap out of it, and it was fine.

Our tech put it on the hoist on Wednesday, and there was nothing to repair or adjust, so could’ve kicked harder.

I blogged everyday while there, here’s the blog tagTarga

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A Checklist I Hope You Never Use

After a collision your mind is a mess, when it needs to be laser-focused. Print and stuff this into your glovebox.

Read it online at Autonet.

The checklist in bullet points:

- turn on “Location Services” so GPS coordinates will be attached to all photos
- photo EVERYthing, take like 100+ photos
- along with a 360º of the damage, photograph drivers’ licence and plates, tires, external conditions
- video witnesses, video interactions with the other driver
- use the voice record app while you walk around, narrating what you see

Favourite line: 

The second last paragraph, the list of external conditions to take note of.

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Why All Bumpers are Starting to Look the Same

Read it online at Autonet.ca

It’s not that our tastes are changing, it’s because of safety regulations now say a car’s front end must better protect a pedestrian in case on an accident.

Favourite line:

Put the phone down while crossing the street. Or use my trick and make eye contact with the driver. Because regardless of how the bumper is styled, it wins the showdown every time.

This is the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200, and a good example of the above.

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Tracking a Porsche with Pfaff

Pfaff Automotive invited me to Mosport for a track day… in one of their day-lease Porsches.  Yes please!

It was my 2nd track time ever, bit spoiled huh, because here I go around in a Porsche Cayman.

Learned how executing a proper corner feels…. effortless?! Huh.  And did you know you can steer the car using only the throttle?  I did that once… accidentally.

That’s Brad Meise of Apex Driver Training you hear coaching me; thanks Brad! Liked your style: precise and non-stop.

(my mistakes are: I brake way too late, and enter the corners with too much aggression. Really.)

That’s the thing though: so what I can fly around with a Brad in the passenger seat.

How about when it’s just me, and there’s no cones around the track to guide me, now add the pressure of competing in a race…

You can do this too.

Day-lease a Porsche or Audi from Pfaff and spend the day driving the above track, with coaching if you’d like it.

All information found here: Pfaff Track Days

A Porsche 911 is $1,699 +HST for the day rental at the track, and the other vehicles available are the Porsche Cayman, the Audi TTS and Audi S5.

Or track your own car.

That’s $449.00+HST for the DDT Track this 2014 season with the use of your own vehicle. Because the goal is not to learn how to go faster, but to better understand the physics behind driving.

And that’s what I wrote about for that week’s ‘Keri on Driving’ column.

Read it online at Autonet.

Favourite line:

It’s best to explore the limits of your car in a contained environment instead of a real life situation. This way, when your car gets away from you and starts to drift down an icy on-ramp, for instance, it’s not the first time you’re experiencing how that feels.

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