How to Drive
Holy crap, I can think of, like, five hundred people I want to get this book for. And I know I'll encounter at least 3 to 7 more on my drive to work tomorrow morning. How to Drive: Real World Instruction and Advice from Hollywood's Top Driver calls itself "the ultimate guide to being the best--and safest--driver possible." Boy do I hope it's right. And that it can succeed where parents, driver's ed, common sense, and watching the F'ing road have failed.
You may never have seen How to Drive author Ben Collins before, but you've almost surely seen his work. In addition to having raced in both the Le Mans series and NASCAR, Collins has served as a precision and stunt driver for Top Gear ("The Stig"), James Bond films Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale, and Skyfall, and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. Oh, he's also burned Dark rubber in the Batmobile.
In How to Drive Collins puts the expert skills he's learned over the past 20 years to paper. Starting with...how to sit in the driver's seat. Literally. Are you comfortable? Are your adjustments right? From there you've got your shifting, steering, braking, cornering, and then avoiding accidents, dealing with intersections, and passing (oh please BenCollinsandBabyJesus give a lesson on merging here.)
The book culminates with what are likely to be the only things that interest anyone who already has a driver's license to begin with: skidding. Wet weather maneuvering, snow rolling, worst case scenarios, and a little stunt driving intel to cap it all off.