Friday, 23 November 2012

Winter Driving Courses For Young Drivers

With the long cold nights starting to set-in now it's more important than ever to stay safe on the road.

Ice, snow and even torrential rain are all major hazards when trying to make your way to work, college or even home after a long day.

You may have come across some of iKube's useful winter driving guides and blog articles previously, however, there's no substitute for hands-on training.

I recently came across a scheme called "Tread" which is taking place over in Norfolk - ran by the local council and backed by the police force.

This scheme is aimed at young drivers between the ages of 17 and 25. It's been designed to give a number of practical sessions that focus on winter driving as well as looking after your vehicle during the cold months.

By all accounts it's a very clever concept - the instructor has a device that actually causes the car to skid (something to do with hydraulic fluid, pistons and outrigger wheels).

The device effectively recreates how a car would react when driving on icy roads and compacted snow.

As a result the course teaches how to control your vehicle in the event of a skid and, more importantly, delivers the message of killing your speed - better to drive slow than risk your own life and that of other road users.

For more information visit: www.think.norfolk.gov.uk or think.direct.gov.uk for those who live outside Norfolk.

Source: http://www.think.norfolk.gov.uk/