Bungee jump­ing for cars

NT News - Motoring - - News - By NATHAN MAWBY

IT IS easy to think you are a good driver.

For most of us this just means be­ing able to han­dle bad weather and heavy traf­fic in the city.

But the roads can be a danger­ous place and be­ing good may not al­ways be enough.

That’s why Kevin Flynn first cre­ated his ad­vanced driver train­ing group, Driver Dy­nam­ics.

The com­pany orig­i­nally started out in 2001 of­fer­ing de­fen­sive driver train­ing.

Over the years it has ex­panded to in­clude high per­for­mance, pre­ci­sion and anti-ter­ror­ist or se­cu­rity driv­ing cour­ses.

In 2006 the group be­came one of the first driver train­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the world to add stunt driv­ing to its train­ing regime.

Un­like the other cour­ses, which de­liver spe­cific train­ing for real-world sit­u­a­tions, the stunt course is less about re­al­ity and more about fun, ac­cord­ing to Flynn.

‘‘This is the only thing we do that doesn’t have any ben­e­fit on the road,’’ he says.

‘‘When was the last time you saw a jump ramp in the street?

‘‘We call it the equiv­a­lent of bungee jump­ing for cars.’’

Flynn says that de­spite the thrillseeker na­ture of the course, it does not at­tract the kind of driv­ers who cause prob­lems so it’s quite a re­laxed at­mos­phere for com­plete novices.

‘‘Hoons don’t tend to spend money on driver train­ing, so we don’t get hoons,’’ Flynn saids.

‘‘Most of our driv­ers have re­ceived it as a gift.’’

There are no spe­cial re­quire­ments so any­one can do it — as long as they have a li­cence.

A Satur­day stunt course costs $199, $99 for a Wild Ride ex­pe­ri­ence, and is avail­able in the morn­ing and af­ter­noon with no more than 20 driv­ers in a ses­sion. Visit www.driver­dy­nam­ics.com or phone 1300 652 693.

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