Protective Driving
Mobile Surveillance Detection (MSD)

VDI Course Designed for ESI
5-Day Seminar

MARCH 27 THRU 31, 2017
MAY 1 THRU 5, 2017
OCTOBER 9 THRU 13, 2017


ESI recognizes that there really is no “one size fits all solution” when it comes to providing protection that meets the needs of today’s informed and discriminating clients. So ESI is proud to introduce our innovative suite of short courses – which are as long and in depth or, in some instances, longer and more in depth, than the “premiere” courses offered by others – which are designed to provide students and experienced practitioners alike the opportunity to explore a wide range of approaches to protection, develop the knowledge and hone the specific skill sets that apply to a variety of niches within the protection field.

Just as there is no one size fits all solution to providing protection, no one training provider could possibly possess the knowledge and experience needed to design and deliver training in all of the various facets and specialized areas of protection. So ESI has built relationships with some of the most recognized and accomplished service and training providers in their respective areas of expertise, from Elijah Shaw of Icon Services, Joe Autera and the team at Tony Scotti’s Vehicle Dynamics Institute, to Fillipo Marino of Tegumen Inc. and AS Solutions to ensure that students get the most practical value out of their training experience (and dollars).

ESI is pleased that Joe Autera with Tony Scotti’s Vehicle Dynamics Institute (VDI), the preeminent provider of advanced driving skills to protection practitioners around the world, will help ESI to offer the first open enrollment course of its kind. This 5 day course offers students the insights and skills sets necessary to perform effectively in one of the most prevalent approaches to executive protection – one-on-one protection.

Course Overview

Protective/Evasive Driving Skills Module

With an eye toward developing students who are well versed in all aspects of the secure transportation function, and building upon some of the theories introduced in ESI’s 28 and 15 day Executive Protection programs, this module – which is encompasses all of the same material and exercises as VDI’s highly acclaimed 3 day Protective/Evasive Driving Course – is designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skill and ability needed to avoid potential behind-the-wheel emergencies, particularly those that involve physical threats to the vehicle and its occupants, such as deliberate ambushes and direct attacks. Topics to be covered in this three day module include:

  • Driving and Vehicle Dynamics

Discussion of the forces that act upon a car (friction, momentum and centrifugal force) particularly at or near the upper range of the vehicle’s performance range, how acceleration, deceleration and cornering forces are compounded by sequential or simultaneous control inputs. In this course, an emphasis shall be placed on how the driver receives feedback from the vehicle and how they can more effectively interpret that feedback in order to maintain an appropriate balance between vehicle control and evasive maneuvering. An emphasis is placed on building the students understanding of:

  • Indications and warning signs of degraded vehicle control and/or loss of control at upper limits of vehicle performance range (i.e. causes and impacts of understeer and oversteer conditions)
  • Impact of driver’s cognitive recognition, driver’s physical response, and vehicle response on the outcome of potential behind-the-wheel emergencies
  • Minimizing reaction time by overlapping recognition, response programming and physical/mechanical response sequences.
  • Correlation between field of vision, peripheral vision and focal points to improved performance in behind-the-wheel emergencies

Practical Exercises

The practical exercises in this module shall be conducted utilizing full size sedans, in a manner that:

  • Requires students to recognize both subtle and significant changes in vehicle handling characteristics due to initial or follow-on control inputs and identify appropriate corrective actions
  • Presents increasingly complex, rapidly evolving changes in the situation or environment, requiring driver to initiate gross and finite input adjustments and corrections in order to continually operate various vehicles in their specific capability envelope.
  • Requires drivers to operate a given vehicle at the upper end of that specific vehicle’s capability range while being placed under stress by external visual/audible indicators or warning signs of a potential threat to the vehicle operator and/or occupants.
  • Supports the objective evaluation of individual student performance in comparison to vehicle’s known handling capability. For this course the minimum performance standard shall be 80% of the vehicles braking and cornering capabilities.

Practical exercises will include:

A slalom or serpentine with a consistent chord and radius, of sufficient running length to improve driver cognitive skills and intuitive driving ability.

Braking and Cornering
A decreasing radius turn requiring simultaneous heavy braking and continuous steering inputs while negating the application of complex, fine motor skills which are typically unavailable to drivers in real world operational environments due to physiological responses to stress.

High Energy Braking
A dynamic braking exercise which introduces students to two different braking techniques, each of which allows the student to generate a very high level of braking force, and has specific parameters under which it should be utilized.

Evasive Maneuvering
A rapid, high energy, lane change exercise, utilizing a two dimensional obstacle and sufficiently short distances and narrow gates/lanes which will require significant driver hand speed and finite hand/coordination to successfully negotiate.

Reversing Exercises

A series of exercises that place the driver in situations where they most determine the most appropriate control inputs to achieve the required balance between speed and maneuverability.

Reverse Slalom

A slalom or serpentine with a consistent chord and radius, requiring cornering and braking inputs, and of sufficient running length to improve driver recognition of handling and field of vision limitations present when operating a vehicle in reverse.

Rapid Reverse Out

A straight line exercise requiring driver to approach a stop, respond to a potential threat by reversing rapidly until reaching a designated section of the exercise lane which provides space needed to perform a rapid reversing maneuver (2 Point “Y Turn”), while maintaining appropriate level of vehicle control.

Reverse Counter-Ambush/Counter-Carjacking Drill

Utilizing a pair of obstacles, one to the front of and one to the rear of the vehicle, driver must respond to threat originating at front of vehicle and maneuver around obstacle to the rear and into a designated lane while maintaining appropriate level of vehicle control, while placed under stress.

Obstacle Course

An extensive obstacle course that incorporates each of the exercises the student has completed throughout the course, which they must complete in manner which demonstrates their ability to maintain control of a vehicle, and apply appropriate cornering and braking inputs t while being subject to various types of stressors through the application of visual/audible indicators consistent with those that may present themselves in a behind-the-wheel emergency. The students shall be required to operate the vehicle at a minimum of 80% of its design capability in this exercise.

Mobile Surveillance Course Description

The Mobile Surveillance Detection is a 2 day course that carefully examinations the covert physical surveillance detection methodology. Emphases are on development of surveillance detection techniques, vehicular vulnerabilities, tricks of the trade, surveillance stationary positions, surveillance reporting, terminology, surveillance types and responsibilities, critical situation decision making and judgments, radio communications, importance of area knowledge, pre-planning, and client briefings. This course is designed to be implemented into Executive Protection Unit planning, also corporate protection teams with overseas travels, and Law Enforcement professionals.