Nothing is worse than winter driving! And nothing is more unpleasant for the novice than being faced with a string of situations they have never learned to master. Besides the snow, the ice, the slush and the wet pavement, there is also the vehicle’s performance which depends on whether you drive a front-wheel, rear-wheel or AWD (all-wheel drive). Tires also play a significant role since they’re your only link to the ground and all brands are not alike.
You may be terrified to face winter driving unless you’re one of those who think they have mastered the art of controlled skidding. But, winter driving is almost a science and can be difficult to assimilate without the help from an expert. Last year, sponsored by Michelin, the experienced race car driver Richard Spénard launched "The Academy of Winter Driving”. This is an online training course where students answer a series of questions, and the correct answers are explained by Richard who also offers sound information and advice.
This year, this professional driver offers a practical application of his expertise through courses given at the recently entirely renovated luxury retreat Estérel Suites, Spa & Lake, in the Laurentians. Come winter, the nearby lake’s frozen surface will become the test track for automotive practical lessons. Richard Spénard specifically targeted car manufacturers and corporate groups wishing to offer their valued customers or members a different kind of activity allowing them to have fun, but at the same time, teaching them to become better drivers, and perhaps even avoid a serious accident. I could not finish without mentioning The Mécaglisse Driving School, also located in the Laurentians, which for several years now, has taught Quebecers how to better appreciate winter even when driving.
Richard Spénard. Photo: Danny Bailey
For more details : academiespenard.ca
Photo: courtesy of Porsche