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Speed | Braking | Curves

Updated: Jan 25


Everyone loves loves a little bit of speed once in a while but it's important to remember that the faster a person drives the less likely they will be able to spot any dangers or react to hazards around them. Speeding can have major consequences especially if a vehicle speeds through a busy area like an intersection or neighborhood. Imagine speeding through a school zone and then hitting and injuring a pedestrian. The consequences would go further than just the law. Your insurance goes up, you lose points off of your license, you may have to go to court, and your chances of getting a job after that could be impacted. Keep it simple and don't complicate your life. Save speeding for the track.

Ride 4

Nova Scotia Driver’s Handbook – “You should learn to control your vehicle with precision, the same way as a professional race car driver does. It is very important to begin with good instruction.”

Incredible Kevin Estre lap of the Nürburgring in the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Reducing your speed in a residential neighborhood ensures that you have time to react to hazards

You can try controlling your speed by letting off of the accelerator pedal without hitting the brake to see how the car slows. This also teaches you how to see and think ahead.


Police issue 161 tickets for speeding, stunting and other vehicle-related offences. The fine in Nova Scotia for stunting is $2,422.50 and six points are assigned to the driver’s record

Driving Tips From A Cop

Good Speed

Speed will make you go faster but it won't get you to your destination any quicker

School Zones

Don't slow down to the school zone speed limit if there are no children actually OUTSIDE in the area. Make sure to check for children in the area. Some students will talk outloud saying "not seeing any children" so that the examiner knows that they are checking. Many people will tell you that you have to slow down during school hours or when the children are in the school. That is completely false. So, if you are in a 50 km/hr zone and there are children outside in the area then you slow down to 30 km/hr and if you are in a 60 km/hr zone or faster then you slow down to 50 km/hr. If you do 30 km/hr by default you will lose points.

The school zone law confuses so many drivers that a lawyer wrote a blog to clarify the law.

How To Yield

Always approach yields at a safe speed in case you have to stop. Watch the traffic that you may have to yield to while approaching the yield. If there are no cars or pedestrians in the lane you want to merge into then you don't have to yield. Approaching the yield at a reduced speed ensures that you could stop if you had to.

Proper Driving

Motorcycle fly by

Top 5 everyday driving tips from a racing driver


Racing driver’s braking tips for everyday driving

Braking is all about thinking ahead

  • Covering the brake pedal – You place your foot over the pedal and let it hover there until you are sure there is no risk of a collision or any other hazard.

  • Approaching intersections – Covering the brake ensures that your foot is just millimeters away if you need to make a panic stop.

  • Early braking – Applying the brakes early ensures you stop comfortably, and in plenty of time.

This is what your brakes look like. When you push the brake pedal this thingy squeezes the rotor (the circle thingy) and that is what your wheels attach to.. That's how you slow the vehicle down. When your brakes start to squeak, that's your vehicle talking to you telling you something needs to be fixed. Addressing these small squeaks and noises right away will always save you money.

That circular thing is the rotor. If you are harsh on your brakes all the time, what can happen is they can heat up. When they heat up they become less effective. This is known as brake fade. Also if you brake really hard and heat the brake rotors up, and then drive through a puddle, you can warp the rotors. This would cause a pulsation either in your brake pedal or steering wheel and the rotors would have to be turned or replaced. Just another reason to drive smoothly.

Braking Hard

When you apply the brakes while moving forward all of the kinetic energy of your vehicle and or momentum, go into the front suspension of the car which causes the car to lower slightly in the front. This is why you never want to brake harshly for a speed bump or animal. If you brake to harshly for a speed bump the car could bottom out on the bump and that would be very bad. If you were to brake harshly for a deer it would have a much better chance of coming through the windshield because the front of the car is sitting lower in that moment. Let's have a closer look at speed bumps.

There are a number of different types of speed bumps on the roads. There are speed bumps and humps and also speed tables. Tables and humps are slightly more comfortable to drive over than bumps. There is no set speed to go over these but I find 30 km/hr is good for most of them. Many times the arrows and signs marking these bumps will be missing. The lines on speed bumps in Halifax often fade due to in part to the fact that the lines are painted directly in the path of a vehicle's tires which can quickly wear the paint off.

If you ever see one of these bumps at the last second, don't hit the brakes. If you apply the brakes on the bump the vehicle could bottom out on the bump. The next time you think of it, have a closer look at these speed bumps in your area and you'll likely notice that there are chunks of the bump missing due to vehicles bottoming out. We hit speed bumps at 50 km/hr on lessons all of the time and at first the student thinks I'm crazy until they see it's just slightly more bouncy than at a slower speed. But keep in mind that hitting speed bumps at a high speed regularly will not be good for your vehicle's suspension.

Hitting Speed Bumps Full Speed (What Will Happen?) in Slow Motion


Anti-Lock brakes don't help you stop as much as they help your tires regain traction once they begin to slip.

ABS | Volvo Trucks – Emergency braking

Braking and Torque Steer

Braking Playlist


Look and think AHEAD

Keep your eyes moving and notice what is happening around you. The trick to curves is you take them just like a race car driver would. Race car drivers reduce their speed as they approach a curve, then accelerate after they are through the halfway point.


Accident on Larry Uteck Halifax

Center of gravity

A vehicle's center of gravity will have a significant impact on how well it performs in sharp curves. A vehicle’s center of gravity, or CG, is the point where all of the masses of each of its components act. Lower is better from a handling standpoint, as it reduces weight transfer during cornering and braking.

Center of gravity demonstrated - Methot flips Lessio with perfect hip check

An SUV will have a higher center of gravity than a car. A car will do better in tight corners, while an SUV would be better suited for off road driving. Every vehicle (like people) has strengths and weaknesses.

New cars are rolling over more

Tesla Model X Won’t Roll

Always wear your seatbelt to avoid being ejected from the vehicle.

Vehicles are flipped everyday in traffic but those accidents rarely make the news. The reason they rarely make the news is because the people in the vehicles are usually wearing their seat belts. People that don't wear their seat belts are extremely likely to be ejected during a collision or roll over.

Seatbelt Pretensioners

The Best Way To Steer Around Tight Corners | Learn to drive: Basic skills

Look through the curve

  • Look up ahead through the turn

  • Move your eyes – glance, don’t stare

  • Scan left, center, right

  • Scan through vehicle windows for hazards

This checkered sign warns of a dead end or sharp curve ahead. This sign saves you from going in to fast so that you can reduce your speed before it's too late.

Ramp speed signs are yellow which means the speed posted on them is a recommendation and is not the speed limit.

Twisty curves on Highway 14 in a BMW 430i Gran Coupe

Running Commentary; read my mind in real time

In this video, Ken Block is able to rip through the curves and corners because he (sort of) sees ahead. His co-pilot is actually seeing ahead, and telling him what is around the next corner and he knows the track inside out. Being familiar with the roads and areas you are driving in is half the battle.

Ken Block’s All-GoPro Cossie V2 Raw Onboard Footage

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Cool Student Driver stickers now available

One of my students recently experienced a road rage incident while practicing. These stickers keep other drivers behind you chill while you're trying to learn. You would be amazed at how many drivers respond positively to these stickers and sometimes will follow even further back.

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