Winter Driving School

Winter school students

The ILR Winter Driving School is proud to announce the renewal of our winter tire relationship with Goodyear Canada.   Goodyear’s new Ultra Grip Ice WRT tires, the Official Winter Tire of ILR Car Control Schools feature Winter Reactive Technology, which is a combination of innovative tire features to help drivers react to changing weather conditions with enhanced starting, stopping and turning traction. “Goodyear developed these new tires to prepare motorists for the ever changing weather conditions of the winter months,” said Gary Medalis, Goodyear brand general manager. “Winter driving experts such as Ian Law from the ILR Car Control School in Ontario choose Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT for superior performance in winter conditions.”

For many years we have strived to make drivers safer on our roads when driving on snow and ice and winter tires are a huge part of that. Goodyear has developed some amazing tire compounds that greatly increase control and grip, both in snow and on ice.  Our top level instructors will be once again showcasing their new winter tire technology in extreme braking and handling situations at our Minden Winter Driving School, proving Goodyear’s greater level of performance and safety for their customers and for our students.

Our ILR Winter Driving School is the most advanced driver training system in North America.  This course is designed for ALL drivers and will take you well beyond the defensive driver training that other courses offer to the highest level of safe driving – Pro-Active© Driving.

Very few defensive driver training courses will take you onto real ice and snow so you can experience and learn what to do in limited traction conditions, in your own vehicle.  It is not safe to learn by trial and error on real roads with real traffic.  Winter driving involves unique techniques to deal with unique driving conditons. Don’t leave your winter driving education to trial and error with lives at stake.

Your instructors all have experience with ice racing, the most demanding sport for car control while on ice.  Your Chief Instructor is a past Ontario Ice Racing Champion with experience in front wheel, rear wheel and all wheel drive.  Ice racing demands the ultimate in vehicle control in limited traction conditions and it is these techniques of maintaining control on ice that we will pass on to you.

This full day course (9 am to 4:30 pm) consists of easy going morning classroom sessions followed by an afternoon of driving exercises designed to allow each student to put into practice new information gleaned from the classroom.

The Classroom Session will dispel many myths and misconceptions regarding winter driving technique as well as vehicle knowledge, the best tires for you and maintenance.  Utilizing our unique Pro-Active© Driving methodology we will explore the correct way to use all the controls, mirror positioning, vision training, processing information, and driver psychology.   We’ll teach you the secrets to prepare for winter driving and how to read road conditions.  You will learn not only how to avoid skids, but also how to recover from a skid – in your own vehicle.  We’ll also explain ABS brakes, Automatic traction Control, emergency braking, tire grip limits, skid recovery and much more in these friendly classroom sessions.

The Driving Exercises are all designed to help you learn how to control your vehicle and to understand how it will react in emergency situations while developing new and important life saving driving skills.  You will experience our Skid Pad, Slalom, Emergency Braking, Collision Avoidance and Emergency Lane Change driving exercises all with one of our highly experienced instructors sitting with you to guide you and give you instant feedback.

The driving exercises are all done in your own vehicle so you can experience exactly how your personal vehicle will react on ice and snow. Different vehicles all react differently to driver inputs. If you drive a front wheel drive vehicle you will gain the most by learning in that same front wheel drive vehicle.

You will learn to maintain or regain control of your vehicle while driving on real ice and snow.

NOTE: All driving exercises are done on solid ground – not a lake.

NOTE: Pro-Active© Driving is a copyright term unique to ILR Car Control School Inc.  It may not be used without permission of the ILR Car Control School Inc. This is a system developed by ILR Car Control School Inc. for driver safety.


What’s the difference between winter tires and all season tires? VIDEO

Winter Tires vs All-Season Tires on YouTube

The Toronto Star review:–getting-schooled-in-winter-driving-101

Globe & Mail review:

Toronto Star Wheels Preparing for Winter video:

ILR Winter Driving School on the Marilyn Denis Show:

Here is a video link in which Chief Instructor Ian Law was asked to do the stunt driving for this amazing winter driving scene at our Winter Driving school facility in Minden, Ontario. –

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