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(May 7, 2016)
New personal bests today:
1) The biggest kangaroo I have ever seen. He was taller than my car (which was put right next to him for scale).
2) The closest I've ever come to hitting a kangaroo. I've danced with ladies and been further away than that.
I would like to thank Bridgestone for their remarkably responsive tyres, Ford for the thin paint on their cars and the design of the steering system, Peter Wherrett, John Leffler, Evan Green, Doug Chivas, Peter Finlay, John Bryson and all the other people who have given me driving lessons over the years and my parents for passing on the genes for reflexes and the impulsiveness necessary to act first without spending time thinking about it.
Cody TRHD was on the back seat at the time and kept repeatedly barking "What?" for the next five kilometres.
By the way, I mean it about the tyres and steering. At 100km/h and without taking my hands off the wheel I put on about 180 degrees of turning the steering wheel to the left, 360 degrees the other way to come back and 180 to the left again to straighten up.
No macropods were harmed in the making of this story.
I've long said that club motor sport is the best training anyone can get for driving. One of the things it teaches you is what your car can actually do. Since I moved to Oberon I've had a conscious program of honing my driving skills, because everywhere around here is either dirt or high-speed bitumen. And it snows. The skills don't completely rust away if you don't use them, but occasional oiling and a polish never hurt.
I mentioned some of the people who have given me good advice about driving over the years. Increasing driving skill isn't all about skid control, which is all that ever seems to be talked about in the media. (Skidding cars make good TV visuals.) The teachers I mentioned talked a lot about attitude and awareness. Here are some of the pieces of advice that I have found useful over the years:
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