In my high school days my good friend Cale and I spent some time working as porters at a local car dealership. The job involved quite a bit of general grunt work, tons of new car prep and a helluva lot of car washing. Washing cars in the summer is one thing, but washing cars in the middle of a Cleveland winter is an altogether different thing. It sucks.
Our job also involved transporting inventory between the main dealership lot and the storage lot which was tucked away in a secluded area about five hundred yards from the dealership. Often we used a trade-in to shuttle over there to get whatever new cars the sales manager had ordered us to bring up. You’d probably be surprised to know that nobody really gave two shits about those trade-in cars, which meant my buddy Cale and I didn’t feel too bad about using them to perfect our tactical driving skills. And by tactical driving skills, I mean learning the intricacies of the relationship between the gas pedal and the hand brake.
It was then, at the tender age of 17, that I learned the pure joy of the J-Turn. Truly important shit. As it turns out, the YouTubes are littered with videos of people perfecting the art of the J-Turn. I found the two videos embedded here to be the most interesting and informational. Study them, and next time you have a rental car handy – with the loss damage waiver and the additional-liability secure in the affirmative – give this maneuver a try.