May 29, 2024



Grand Junction, Colorado   View map





Decisions made under duress have better outcomes when they have been made in advance; the human brain is too slow to react under stress.

Our primary goal is to develop a security-driver mindset. Experiencing what losing control feels like makes you more likely to make the right decisions when the situation gets ugly. Meaning that once all the hard wiring has been set in your brain, you will be able to make decisions without thinking about the result of every choice; your mind will do it because it has done it before.


Our 2-Day Advanced Counter-Ambush Course lays the foundational skills crucial for all levels of security driving professionals. Focused on instilling a proactive security-driver mindset, this entry-level program introduces participants to the essentials of vehicle control under stress, leveraging advanced onboard technology for precise skill assessment. It’s the cornerstone of our specialized training portfolio, designed to prepare you for complex scenarios with a strong base in instinctual decision-making and control mastery.

Classroom (Just 2 hrs online training pre-track requisite)

Understanding “Driving” from a technical standpoint

Knowledge and skill exist in different parts of the brain and making sure you understand the skill’s dynamics will make it last longer in your brain. But our primary focus is on heuristics, which can only be achieved by experimentation with the dynamics of driving.

Discussion of the forces that act upon a car (friction, momentum, and centrifugal force) and how acceleration, deceleration, and cornering affect it, as well as what the driver can, or cannot, do to minimize the effects of those forces.

Topics included in this analysis:

  • Time/Distance Relationship
  • How is performance measured? The Racing Industry has been doing it for years, but the process has to make sense to you.
  • Lateral Acceleration, the basic of Driving Dynamics

Introduction to High-Energy Driving

After this discussion, you will understand vehicle and driver performance factors, including mechanical and physical limitations, and what you can do to enhance both.

  • Advanced Time-Distance Concepts (MPH vs FPS)
  • Reaction Times
  • Common causes for loss of control (Understeer and Oversteer)

At the tarmac

Skill Building Exercises

Slalom Exercise

A classic skill-building exercise; this will create the necessary heuristics from a profound grasp of the relationship between time & distance (how everything you do at the wheel translates into feet traveled) and hand-to-eye coordination. As with all exercises, students will be expected to perform above 80% of the vehicles handling capability. As you reach the limit on your skills, we will increase the difficulty increasing your proficiency level.

Threat Avoidance Maneuver (Moose Test)

Here his is where skill meets reality; students will be faced with distraction and decision-making from external cues, further settling the heuristics of driving into their subconscious mind and creating the “fine motor skills” that go with it. In this exercise, you will have to react to a visual threat and avoid an obstacle consistently using above 80% of the vehicle’s capability.

Braking and Cornering

Students are required to drive through a decreasing radius turn at various speeds while maintaining control under severe braking loads with the anti-lock brake system engaged that allows the driver to maintain steering control under harsh braking conditions.

Under and Oversteer

A no simulation, no BS exercise, many security-related accidents happen during high energy maneuvers; one crisis causes the driver to create a secondary crisis by not being able to control the vehicle.

Energy maneuverability is not intuitive. You can’t assume you know what control is if you’ve never experienced out-of-control (we only learn at the level where we make mistakes), and this can only be achieved by destroying several sets of tires per course.

Reversing Exercises

Reverse Slalom

Through this exercise, you will experience how vehicle’s handling gets degraded when driven in reverse, even at low speeds to give you an unconscious understanding of the effects of speed, steering, and braking on a vehicle moving in reverse.

Reverse Bailout Maneuvers

Understanding the dynamics of your vehicle going in reverse will create the necessary skills to successfully back out of any situation and get the car facing forward as soon and as safely as possible.

Combined Skills Exercise

After we have created the skillset, we need to put it into perspective su you understand how it will play out in real life, this exercise has two purposes:

to evaluate your skill level after the course is done, and

To generate an understanding of how you’ll perform when subjected to high levels of stress. (Stress inoculation)


All our advanced courses are measured in real-time via Racelogic computers; they have the most advanced technology, which allows us to know each participant’s skill level beyond a simple interpretation of the instructor.

A performance report will be issued for every student at the end of each course, allowing teams and employers to understand:

1) the skill level of each of their drivers, and

2) the ability of each of them to apply these skills in different scenarios with increasing degrees of difficulty and stress.

These reports will allow managers to identify the individuals within their team that are the best performing assets for different situations.

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