Time to get real about winter driving and how to survive being stranded in your car. This year, North America has been hammered by nasty winter weather and tens of thousands of drivers have been caught off guard and unprepared.In our Winter Driving School we discuss the importance of packing some essential survival gear in your car should you get stranded. Our very own Shaun de Jager (one of our Chief Instructors) just took things to a whole new level.
Shaun goes toe-to-toe with Old Man Winter and along with another one of our instructors, Lesley Wimbush (also an Automotive Journalist for Wheels.ca) and they challenge themselves to survive in a vehicle for 24hrs…in sub-freezing temperatures.
Shaun’s article is packed full of survival tips and advice about essential survival gear and he even recorded it. The video is long but covers a lot of tips and tricks to survive in your car. Things get very real and a tad scary and it’s pretty eye opening watching Shaun and Lesley progress from being ok, to suffering hypothermia and then recovering in the morning. We should all pay attention to this. Lesley’s article should appear on Wheels.ca shortly.
Click here to read Shaun’s post and watch the included video. Bundle up! Just watching this will make you feel cold!
RoadAwareness.org Founder Shaun de Jager discusses the coming winter driving season and shares a few tips and some of his favorite videos to remind us what winter driving is like. Just in case you forgot.
We are pleased to announce the first ever give-away driving school contest by RoadAwareness.org! In partnership with the ILR Car Control School, RoadAwareness.org is presenting a random draw to some lucky winners.
This is the first of five Winter Car Control School prize days to be held at the Minden Fairgrounds in Ontario, Canada where lucky winners will learn to drive in extreme situations on ice so slick that you can barely walk on it. The cost of this program is normally $350 but really the value is priceless. This school could save your life or that of a loved one.
On January 9th of 2010, Sympatico.ca sent a film crew to join us at our Winter Driving school. They were there to produce a 5 minute video for their website visitors on how to be better winter drivers. One of their crew members Mike, took our course, including classroom and driving exercises and edited a quick “how to” for their viewers. We also helped them with technical advice and driving expertise on their other 5 minute video explaining how winter tires work. With fellow race car driver Rick Bye, we helped Symaptico.ca explain how well winter tires work compared to “all season” tires using a Porsche Cayenne and Boxster S. Much of the Boxster footage was done with Ian driving.
Peter Cheney of the Globe & Mail participated in our Winter Driving course on January 16th. Peter wrote an article for Globe & Mail and also took his own video footage of his experience learning how to maintain and regain control of his vehicle in limited traction conditions.