Crash Course

7:30pm Thursday, November 25 on TV2

In this week’s episode of Crash Course, join host Greg Murphy for some exclusive tips and incredible footage; and IndyCar champion, Scott Dixon returns with some supreme defensive driving demos.

Local police officers reveal a glimpse of real-life situations where New Zealand drivers behave carelessly, endangering themselves and others on the road, and show what ignorant offenders really look like through their eyes.

Footage retrieved from abroad shows how some drivers will go to extreme lengths to evade the law, and one unsuspecting pedestrian’s bad luck is caught on camera.

You never know what’s around the corner and Scott Dixon explains how to regain control if you misjudge one or get caught in a tight situation. Plus, Murphy puts himself in physical danger to highlight how to walk away from a worst-case scenario, and what to do if you the first on the scene.

7:30pm Thursday, October 28 on TV2

Greg Murphy is behind the wheel of TV2’s brand-new primetime show Crash Course.

Fresh on the heels of his success with Top Gear Live, the V8 Supercar legend hosts Crash Course, along with guest appearances from IndyCar champion Scott Dixon.

Each week Murphy puts his driving skills on the line, with real-time tests that reveal what really happens when you and your car get out of control. From escaping a sinking car, to exploring the damage speeding really causes, Murphy shares his skill and knowledge to help drivers stay safe on our roads.

Crash Course is an action-packed series, full of exciting thrills and spills. “I think the highlight [of the series] was being submerged inside a car in water. Even with the safety divers right there, there is still the feeling of vulnerability and fear. It is definitely a situation that you would not want to find yourself in,” says Murphy.

Although Murphy is a seasoned champion, driving cars as a profession wasn’t always on his radar. “I was fortunate to win a scholarship in my final year of school which gave me the chance to race a Formula Ford in the 1990- 91 Summer Series,” says Murphy. “From that point I became fairly convinced that all I wanted to do was race cars. Fortunately I made a couple of decisions that paved the way to where I am today. I never dreamed of being a racing car driver as I didn’t think it was a possibility. I wanted to fly jets in the airforce growing up.”

All too aware of the hazards presented by New Zealand roads, Murphy believes it’s usually a combination of bad decisions that lead to most traffic incidents, not one error: “Most accidents and incidents are caused by a lack of awareness, education and basic skills when it comes to driving. Learning to drive a car is not given the importance or respect that it should have and therefore many people are an accident waiting to happen. It’s just a matter of when.”

Murphy also believes some people are more naturally skilled when it comes to getting behind the wheel of a car, but that practice is, by all means, the most effective tool in teaching safe driving. “I think that everyone is different, and some people are definitely more comfortable processing the required skills to be a competent, safe driver. It really is the same as everything else in life, some people are better at certain things than others. Who knows why?

“Being confident is important and having a full understanding and awareness of the dynamics of driving a vehicle is without doubt a safety tool that everyone should have to learn. It would be easy to make drivers safer if there were some more changes to the licensing system,” he says.

Greg Murphy’s Top Five Tips for Safe Driving:
1. Ensure your car is safe to drive, e.g. Current WOF, and tyres aren’t worn.
2. On long trips, make sure you take regular breaks. Fatigue leads to lapses in concentration.
3. Don’t get distracted, no mobile phones etc.
4. Drive to the conditions, the weather can change road conditions very quickly.
5. Remember you aren’t the only one on the road. Innocent drivers can become involved in accidents too, so respect other drivers and be aware of what is going on around you!

Throughout the series viewers will also get expert driving tips from IndyCar champ Scott Dixon, who teaches viewers how to get out of real driving trouble.

Crash Course offers viewers a front-seat view from police patrol cars and helicopters, witnessing some of the most spectacular, criminal, dramatic and shocking patrol footage from New Zealand and around the world.

In tonight’s episode local cops slam the brakes on testosterone-charged driving, and it’s not just the boys who are out of control; Scott Dixon gets us out of a bit of a spin; and Murphy hits an immovable object at more than 150 kilometres.