Advanced driver coaching: relax, focus, flow

OversteerDuring a good session coaching advanced driving this Saturday, I was reminded how useful driving can be in developing a different approach to doing anything well.

We concentrated on personal state management, which ties in with Don Palmers’ Driving Handbook:

At the core level you manage your personal state – that is, your physical, mental and emotional state. Being in a fit state to drive is fundamental to effective driving. No amount of knowledge or skill will allow you to drive safely if, for example, you’re on the verge of falling asleep or distracted by being in a highly charged emotional state.

We usually spend most of our time discussing roadcraft, observation, planning and use of controls: it was a privilege to enable a different kind of transformation.

To drive well, eliminate hurry and distraction. Relax, focus and flow to be safe, systematic and smooth.

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