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Defensive driving techniques that could save your life

Mention the term defensive driving and for many people, it conjures up an image of a man in a black suit and shades j-turning ...Read more

Limited slip differentials

Limited slip differentials – How do they work and why do I need to fit one for track days? If you’re a fan of motoring ...Read more

Winter tyres – You Decide

Winter tyres – an unnecessary expense or an essential part of the winter driving tool kit? Now I know that it seems like only yesterday ...Read more

Do you need to get your hands on a HANS Device?

Over the last few months, more and more of our customers have been asking about the use of HANS devices and so we thought ...Read more

The effects of dehydration on your driving ability

As I am writing this, it’s a barmy 27 degrees and I know in some parts of the country it’s even hotter. But the ...Read more

Motorway breakdowns – How to avoid being “that car” on the hard shoulder

You might have been cruising along in the outside lane of the motorway, or perhaps crawling along in what seemed like an endless traffic ...Read more

Considerations for Wet Track Days

It’s that odd time of year again. You wake up in the morning and it looks like you’re on for a corker of a ...Read more

It’s all in the clutch…

Outside of “Mr Clutch” you’ll be hard pressed to find a person, or group of people that spend a great deal of time thinking ...Read more

10 Essential Things You Need to Take on a Track Day

You’ve been looking forward to it for weeks and today’s the day. You’re off to the track to embrace the racer within. Hopefully you’ll ...Read more

Everything you need to know about brakes and track days

If you’re even slightly into cars, automotive engineering, track days or motor racing – you’ll know that not all brake systems on cars are ...Read more

A TRUSTPILOT Review of CAT Driver Training

See original here Below you’ll find a copy of one of many excellent, 5-star reviews we receive through the TRUSTPILOT website. To book a session ...Read more

Core Skills – Dissecting the Corner & Grip Limit Signals

Improving your cornering ability on the racetrack can transform you from being an ordinary, middle of the pack racer into one of the front ...Read more

Bringing Discipline & Self Control into Your Driver Skill Set

If you’ve ever been to IKEA, the chances are you’ve walked past that big Perspex box containing a recliner chair. There’s a big counter ...Read more

Tyre Pressures & Track Days – A Quick Guide

If you want to get the maximum enjoyment and best times on your track days, a simple and effective place to start (outside of ...Read more

Going beyond the grip limit – Understeer vs Oversteer

If you want to become a great track day or race driver, one of the core skills you’ll need to learn is how to ...Read more

Our top 5 tips for safe driving

There’s been a lot in the press recently about the progression of driverless cars and how they will virtually eliminate the possibility of accidents ...Read more

How your emotions affect your ability to drive at your optimum

“My steering follows my eyes” – a statement I am confident to say cannot be challenged. How can I be so sure? I have ...Read more

The risks of soft top vehicles – on the road and on the track / proving ground

We recently took a call in the CAT office from a client who wanted to share his experience with us for the benefit of ...Read more

New considerations for software and electronic companies working in the automotive sector…

It’s hard to even imagine now, that there was a time when cars contained no electronics, no software and no computing power whatsoever and ...Read more

A day with Colin Hoad and his company, CAT Driver Training.

I’m not a great driver, I’m barely average in fact but like many blokes, fast cars that outstrip my talent hold a strong and ...Read more

Has the golden age of formula 1 seen the chequered flag?

As Formula 1 made it’s penultimate stop before the Summer break last weekend, I can’t help questioning whether I’m going to miss it. Last ...Read more

Posts from our readers – That Competitive Streak

If you have an interest in cars / driving / motorsport and would like to write a future post for CAT Driver Training, get ...Read more

The business case for advanced driver training in your organisation

Whether you have one employee or 10,000 employees with access to a company car (or a vehicle purchased or leased through a car allowance ...Read more

Are your wheels pointing in the right direction?

If you’re serious about racing and looking to get the absolute maximum out of your car on a track/race day, making sure your front ...Read more

CAT Driver Training – A track day novice course review

They say the more you know, the more you realise you don’t know… and that’s very true (in a positive ...Read more

Austin A35 HRDC Academy

Our Austin A35 Academy car has dipped its toe in the world of circuit racing. I thought it time for an update. We finished the ...Read more

A drivers review on a CAT car club group training day

Nissansportz Forum Member Lesmo Reflects on his Performance Driver ‘Track’ Day on Sunday 30th August 2015 I will start by saying I don’t want to ...Read more

Race Fit?

When a few seconds can cost you a place on the podium, everything counts! You may instinctively try to tweak the car’s ...Read more

To Car Wrap or Not? One clients experience shared.

Think before you wrap! – A horror story by David Raeburn (and I am not alone) I am not sure if it was Mario Ballotelli’s ...Read more

Race Report – Oulton Park – Fun Cup – April 2014

That Wasn’t on the Plan! Despite a heavy impact on Friday, we qualified on time and raced competitively on Saturday.  In ...Read more

Fun Cup Mid-Season Update

Thank you to all our clients & friends who have been following our Fun Cup journey, as our 3 rookie drivers negotiate ...Read more

Rookie Racing Reflections

As some of you know, I’ve fulfilled a life long ambition this year and started racing. I’ve always been into ...Read more

Oh dear, are we growing old disgracefully?

A story shared with you by Jerry Burgoyne ………. A few years ago my partner, best friend, soul mate and lover noticed a ...Read more

Wow! Where did the weekend go?

From the Team Manager’s seat the whole weekend was one roaring success.  What in September was a nucleus of an idea, ...Read more

It’s All in the Preparation

It’s been a busy week.  The weather got the better of our plans due to icy run off areas so our proposed ...Read more

Every Freezing Cloud …

Tuesday gutted…………………… Donington gets cancelled and with it another needed day of seat time. The team managed to secure Bruntingthorpe ...Read more

Team CAT Driver Training – First Drives

Very exciting day yesterday – our first chance to drive car 169 on circuit at good pace.  A big thank you to Chris ...Read more

Driving the Nurburgring in the Wet

Introduction Colin Hoad is a motor industry driver trainer and has been visiting the Nordschleife for business and pleasure for the ...Read more

Road Test for Vehicle: S Max Focus 2Lt. Diesel Titanium

Client: Business to Business MK The last Ford Escort rolled off the assembly line at the end of the nineties – ...Read more

Road Test for Vehicle: BMW 320D M Sport

Client: Business to Business I’m day dreaming which is not good, as I am about to climb into a BMW 320D M ...Read more

Road Test for Vehicle: Saab Aero 93 TTID

Client: Business MK I would have to go back to the 80’s for my last performance Saab experience: the 900 Turbo. ...Read more

A Look into the World of Driving for Work

An Introduction to Driver Training for the uninitiated Employee & Employer through CAT’s Eyes Who Might Be Interested? Fleet Managers; HR Departments; Health ...Read more

Steering

Publication: Total Magazine Article 2008 Let me ask you a question. How many times on the road or circuit have you attempted to ...Read more

Through the CAT’s Eyes

The beginnings of a strong relationship 2008 has been a great year for CAT Driver Training. Track and circuit tuition, our core business, ...Read more

Dissecting the Corner & Grip Limit Signals

Publication: Total Magazine Article 2009 Our last article found us exploring the concept of single input steering – minimising driver control inputs to ...Read more

Tyre Wear – Driving Clinic

Tyre Wear is discussed in issue 51 of Wastegate Chatter for members of the Mitsubishi Lancer Register. Read more

Threshold Braking

Publication: Total Magazine Article 2009 The last area covered by Colin Hoad dealt with a systematic approach to cornering, exploring how subtle adjustments ...Read more

Active Driver Aids

Publication: Total Magazine Article 2009 Last issue Colin Hoad of CAT Driver Training covered Threshold and ABS braking techniques, discussing how small adjustments ...Read more

Threshold Braking – Trail Braking

An MLR Performance Driver ‘Track’ Day at Millbrook begins with an ABS braking exercise. Braking from high speed with the ABS activated ...Read more

Tyres and Tyre Pressures – Adjusting for track days

Publication: Total Magazine Article 2009 Over previous issues we have been focusing on driving technique – relating our driving inputs to the dynamic ...Read more

Corner Entry Speed

Publication: Total Magazine Article 2009 The summer is a busy time for us at CAT, lots of track day and race tuition. With ...Read more

Observation

Have you ever considered where you are looking when driving on circuit? I am looking at the road ahead I hear you ...Read more

Clutchless Gear Shifting – Ask the Experts

For the past few months I’ve been shifting gears without using the clutch – just for the challenge. I never grind the ...Read more

Understeer & Oversteer Correction

Publication: Total Magazine Article 2009 Have you driven the “Ring” in November? I’ve recently returned from a wet and wintery 4 day visit, ...Read more

Gas Pedal

Millbrook training days promote safe driving techniques for road and circuit. This year CAT travelled north of the border for an MLR ...Read more

Shoot Out Summary

What a great event. Give a competitive driver a race car and he or she will invariably want to adjust its dynamic ...Read more

Ferrari Enzo or Porsche Carrera GT? You Decide!

How many times have you driven 2 iconic super cars at grip limit on circuit in one day? Not had the pleasure? ...Read more

CAT Goes Digital!

Project the excellence of your business through our business. Our corporate driving days provide you with the opportunity to explore and ...Read more

Road Test for Vehicle: Freelander 2 TD4 Automatic

Client: Business to Business By coincidence I had recently been musing on the Land Rover Brand prior to collecting the Freelander 2 TD4 ...Read more

Nissan GTR R35 Review – What a Machine!

Having had over 60 Nissan GTR R35s and their owners through the door at Millbrook Proving Ground on training days in 2009-10, ...Read more

Road Test for Vehicle: 2Lt Volvo V70 SE Estate Diesel

Client: Business to Business There is an air of excitement in the writing of an article, an opportunity to experience a ...Read more