Attention! Driving lessons on ice start after cold weather has settled in. Those of you who want to have more practice on ice must pass a basic pre-season training.
Lessons start with a brief lecture on winter driving peculiarities:
- what causes sliding and how to avoid it;
- how technical characteristics and construction specifications affect the way your car moves on ice.
Then students are trained how to start and brake on ice. The next stage involves exercises allowing you to feel and get used to side drifts and skids.
Changing exercises and adding new ones, students are acquiring stable skills, which allow them to avoid sliding or eliminate it as soon as it appears.
Let`s say a couple of words about winter tires. Our advice is to use snow tires. Ice driving on summer tires is much more dangerous than having a shorter braking distance on dry asphalt. It makes no difference if you drive within the city or outside it. Bridges, overpasses, shady sides of the streets are covered by a thin layer of ice even when the temperature is still above zero. You should put on winter tires if within a week the average daily temperature keeps at 5 degrees above zero. While at daytime the temperature is 8-10 degrees above zero, at night it may freeze. Don`t wait till frosts come.
Good luck on the road!
Controlled skid. Sasha