Don't drive like Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel: a bad example for all drivers

The classic North American driving position of the left wrist draped over the top of the wheel with a limp hand in front and then the right arm over the passenger headrest is the absolute worst position to drive in.

Yet, every time a new Vin Diesel driving movie comes out, there it is again. The most dangerous, inattentive position you could imagine. 

Next time you are at a race track or rally competition, check how the drivers are seated and holding the wheel and perhaps take some notes.

Last week, on a trip to Kelowna from Kaslo, a deer ran out into the front of my car while I was going 100 km/h. The first thing that alerted me to the deer was a massive thud as it hit the front of my car.

I never saw anything and certainly never had time to brake. Had I been in that very lazy, all too common driving position, something else may have happened.

Thankfully, as a rally driver and advanced driving instructor, I always have two hands on the wheel. 

The car was driving straight afterward, but I pulled over to check nonetheless. I had already put my hazard flashers on as soon as I heard the bang to alert traffic behind me.

I stepped out of the car, closed the door and watched as my car automatically locked me out. I was on a cold, high pass, in the middle of nowhere. My coolant had drained, but my diesel engine was still running and I did not want it to seize.

I pulled body work off the front in a frenzy to get the hood up. Thankfully a passerby, Riley, stopped and helped me open the hood.

He kindly left to call a tow truck while I pulled various fuses hoping that one would be the diesel pump. My glasses, warm clothing, wallet and cellphone were all locked in the car. 

The rest of the evening was uneventful, but certainly the incident could have been much worse if I had not been alert at the wheel.

Sadly, this bad driving habit is not restricted to the public.

Emergency services personnel are also taught to drive with two hands on the wheel — one at 3 o'clock and the other at 9 o'clock. Yet, in the past three weeks I have seen three emergency services vehicles being driven one handed - just the same way Vin Diesel does.

One fire truck on Water Street in Kelowna had the driver sunning his left arm out the window while he was driving with the sirens on.

Winter is coming and with the icy and slippy roads comes errant vehicles that are out of control and encroaching on our lane. Better to be aware and able to correct than be in the ditch waiting for a tow.


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Mark has been an entrepreneur for over forty years. His experience spans many commercial sectors and aspects of business. He was one of the youngest people to be appointed as a Fellow of the prestigious Institute of Sales and Marketing Management before he left the UK in 1988.

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