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Old 04-30-2007, 01:48 PM   #1
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Hey guys, gals and amarpauld,

I participated in the Code Zero driver training program at Boundary Bay airport yesterday, and I thought I would pass along my review. This is a 4 hour condensed version of the Justice Institute's course that trains police officers how to drive.

www.codezerodriving.com

It runs in groups of 10-20, and is about four hours long. It is extrememly cheap at about $100 for the afternoon. You participate in numerous scenarios from slalom to extreme braking during cornering. It's like Gran Turismo licensing in your own car! The people running the course are all very experienced members of various local police departments, and some of them have raced professionally.

For those of you that are seasoned veterans of the local auto-x, this is something that will NOT interest you. This is more for beginners or people that haven't had a chance to test the limit of their cars. As most of you are budding professional rally and F1 drivers I'd recommend not taking this. It might be a good gift for your parents though.

At the end of the day, they take you out for a lap in the police cruisers at top speeds.

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6.5/10 but it's nice to see something like this offered to the public. I suggested they add more courses for more advanced drivers.

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Old 04-30-2007, 02:06 PM   #2
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You could just go to a track day and get the same thing as well as lapping for over 1hr of track time (double the cost but WAY more driving for the money). Driving Unlimited also does training for law enforcement, ERT etc...that would be my recommendation.
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Old 04-30-2007, 04:36 PM   #3
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I took the course on Saturday. I wanted to gently figure out where the limits of my wagon were.

Here's the video from the police pursuit taken by Leo. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sLo-WiZLBo
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Old 04-30-2007, 04:50 PM   #4
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Here's one of the instructors having some fun with me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cld8DTKeLYE

Basically, he's standing behind some cones with an exit on the left and right. As you drive towards him, he can either tell you to stop, go left, or go right. Directly behind him is an exit hole with cones on either side signifying two trucks. I was going exactly 60 towards him and he waited till the very very last minute to tell me to go left hence all the screeching. Didn't hit any cones though and slid through the exit in the middle. He really cut that one close but I guess that's the only way that you learn how to avoid a collision.

For $99 bucks (AutoShow Special), it was a fun time. It's probably the only time you'll ever get to take a run at a cop without consequences. Would make a great Mothers or Fathers day present. They even had donuts and coffee for us in the morning. How ironic?
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Old 04-30-2007, 07:05 PM   #5
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Lol, this might be a really dumb question but you need your full license to do this or just N (or mayb even just L)?
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Old 04-30-2007, 07:19 PM   #6
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Give them a shout! They seemed like a pretty good group of instructors.

http://www.codezerodriving.com/contact_us.htm
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Old 04-30-2007, 10:24 PM   #7
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Myself and 2 of the guys that do the road enforcement program with me all took the Justice Institutes version of that course in the police cars. As far as I remember the course only cost $250, and if you have like 3 or more people you can book them to do it on a weekend. It includes a course on EVO (emergency vehicle operation) training, just the laws you have to deal with when driving code 3. I'm going to be down there this summer again I think to take it over, if anyone is interested, I know there will be room.
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Old 05-01-2007, 01:56 AM   #8
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Oh well at least you got to beat on a car for a while and it's pretty amusing to be a seat of a car that's chasing a cop car

But yeah, a good thing for beginners, looks like it could be a bit boring for autox freaks
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Old 05-01-2007, 04:04 AM   #9
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sounds like fun...good to know.

thanks op
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Old 05-01-2007, 11:56 AM   #10
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They should have sent an STi out and tried to chase it around instead.
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Old 05-01-2007, 01:22 PM   #11
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There were no STi's available to give chase. Just me and another fella in a black Legacy 2.5 wagon. I don't think he's on the board. His work gave him a Subaru to drive so he decided to beat on it
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Old 05-01-2007, 05:42 PM   #12
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Back in December I did the first of two lessons there through a police officer who is a moderator on revscene.net. Received a certiicate from the JIBC for it. There werre 20 of us with 2 police officers as instructors and we spent the whole day going through the course.

He should be hosting a Level 2 course (limited to 10 people) for $250 coming up sometime (it has been postponed twice because not enough people were interested).

I hope these programs can continue for the public, really good experience that everyone should have, IMO.
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