2012 SASC Winter / Ice Driver Training
(Southern Alberta Solo Club)What is Winter Driver Training?
You often hear different groups promoting winter driver training in the media. Some examples are the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy, BMW Winter Driver Training, and Bridgestone Winter Driving School. All these groups promote safe driving on the street by using a controlled environment to allow clients to develop new skills to tackle winter driving on the street. Usually these programs are either not available in Alberta and or are very costly even when they are available.
SASC is now offering you a very valuable yet inexpensive opportunity to enroll in one such driver training seminar. Since this program is being put on by SASC, which is a registered, non profit society in Alberta, and a group of dedicated volunteers, the cost to attend is less than the cost for going out for a nice dinner. Our goal is to share some of the driving skills we have learned on the race track with the general public thus making our everyday driving experience safer for all of us. Of course, we also want to have a bit of fun!
Where can I attend it?
Unlike many of the other programs offered by Mercedes-Benz, BMW, or Bridgestone, you don’t have to go to the US or fly to out east to attend our winter driver training. We are, once again, doing our driver training on Ghost Lake this year. This time of the year, Ghost Lake is a giant sheet of ice like a large hockey rink that is free of dangerous things you find on the street like curbs and poles. This makes it a perfect venue for learning how to drive your own vehicle in winter conditions. Best of all, it is only 30 minutes away from Calgary. On the way back to the city, you can even stop by to enjoy some ice cream in Cochrane.
School Dates in 2012:
Jan 29 Sunday -- Feb 4 Saturday -- Feb 12 Sunday -- Feb 25 Saturday
ADD one more event, because with the cool weather
March 4 !!!!!!!!!
Who are the instructors:
Our team of instructors comprises National Autocross champion, Formula & high performance driving instructor, Time attack competitor, and Rally drivers. They all have the same passion in driving and in different disciplines of motorsport. These volunteers would love to pass their experience and skills to you
What will I learn?
-The basics like driving position, habits, attitude
- How far to look ahead (2, 3, 4, 5 second ahead?)
-Vehicle dynamic control (why is the car sliding?)
-Braking with ABS or without ABS (how long does it take to stop the car?)
- Accident avoidance (if the car can’t stop in time then what do you do?)
-Skid control (what to do when your car understeers and oversteers)
-After losing control, what do you do?
-Drift the car like Ken Block (don’t know who he is? Search for him onYouTube)
7:30 – 9:00 am – only for instructors and helpers - however if you want to help out, you are always welcome to do so. We appreciate all the help we can get! Please e-mail to Kyle email@example.com
8:30 am – 9:00am - we meet at the Tim Horton’s in Cochrane (Tim Hortons 12 Westside Drive Cochrane, AB T4C 1M1) for: Registration, check in with organizer,.
9:10 am – Drive to Ghost Lake from Cochrane Tim’s and proceed directly onto the ice.
9:30 am – individual groups begin driving at their respective stations & Drivers meeting and split up into groups
12:00-1:45 pm (approx.) – LUNCH - Boston Pizza at Cochrane (west side). This is a working lunch so we will have a round-table discussion of the morning experiences and learnings. You also have the option to have lunch at the site (if you bring your own lunch/sandwiches), however we would recommend you join us for lunch due to the discussion since you can learn more there from the observations of others in the group. Besides, it is nice to get inside for a little bit.
2:00 pm - Drivers meeting near the island
2:15 – 4 pm – Afternoon sessions
4 pm – final driver’s meeting.
Ready to take the course?
Register online at: https://www.karelo.c...?&BT=10&BID=334
Should I take the school ? What past students have said:
“My son and I had lots of fun last Saturday. I found your school very useful. Would you mind to add my e-mail to your mailing list? I would like to be informed when you have next driving class.
“ I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful day, I feel so much more confident in my winter driving skills. I also want to send a big thank you out to the driving instructors, they are amazing.
“I never got a chance to thank you today but I wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed myself, and I believe I learned a few things about vehicle control - or more importantly, what not to do! It was a great opportunity to experiment with the limits of a vehicle in a safe environment. Like I said earlier today, I plan on doing it all again next Saturday!
Unfortunately we don’t have large car or tire manufacturers sponsoring the event, but we do have Spec R Tires Service, a local tire shop, sponsoring the event with a lot of chocolate bars, juice and healthy snacks. Come join us for some fun at the school!