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2–Day Advanced Driving With Car Control & Skid Control
The two dates that make up this programme do not need to be completed consecutively. In fact, there is a lot of advantage in you splitting them apart, as this will provide the opportunity for you to practice and develop the driving skills you will have been given during day–one.
With the benefit of practice time, when you come back for part–two, you will be more familiar with the driving system and therefore can progress more easily during the second phase.
Format of the Programme
You meet your Ride Drive advanced driving specialist with your car at the pre–arranged meeting point, and after a short discussion to confirm the aims and objectives of the day, you set off driving your car, heading for the off–road driving surface or the skid pan.
You will be guided over a route on public roads that will have been specially chosen to provide you with the best development opportunities. You will learn how to make safe progress on the road in a manner that will not draw negative attention to you.
The Two–Day Performance Car Advanced Driving Experience, with car control and skid pan session, is available in many regions of the UK, including Aberdeen, London, Watford, Maidenhead, Basingstoke, Leatherhead, Kettering and Derby. Click on the map above for full list of available start points.
You will become familiar with an advanced system of car control, which may be quite different to the method by which you currently drive, but allows you to safely apply the performance attributes of your car. This system will form the foundation of your new driving style, being attuned to the car you drive and the road environment you are driving within.
We tend to stay away from major trunk roads and motorways, unless otherwise requested, using the B–roads and back lanes instead. Some of the roads are very technical and quite difficult to drive up to the speed limit and where precision will be key.
The Car Control Session
During one of the two dates you will be visiting a hard surface off-road driving facility. After a short safety briefing, and a familiarisation tour of the facility, a programme of activities begins.
Building from relatively simple manoeuvres you will have the opportunity to progress to more technical applications of the car.
The purpose of the exercises are to help you develop an understanding of the effects you have upon your car when you drive it by the manner in which you operate the driving controls. This is where you learn to feel the car as you drive it, as wherever possible, any electronic driving aids are switched off.
We talk about the drive configuration of your car, whether it be front–wheel drive, rear–wheel drive or four–wheel drive, and about the likely effects this may have upon its behaviour if the car is not driven with understanding.
Everything we practice here has a direct relationship with how you make safe progress on the public road and is not a track day.
The venues we visit for the car control sessions tend to be disused airfields and which are not accessible by the general public. We avoid the use of motorsport track venues, as the risk of car damage is too high.
Please note, this driving programme does not involve a track day, participation in a motorsport event, time trial, speed driving activity or any form of competitive driving.
Off road manoeuvring and car control sessions are completed at risk assessed venues that are closed to the general public, so as to remove the activities from the unpredictibility of a public road environment. Standard road speeds will not be exceeded.
The manoeuvres you will be asked to complete may cause some minor tyre scrubbing, but as we are very conscious it is your pride and joy you are driving, the activities should not hurt the car. We will not put you under any pressure to participate in any activity about which you are not comfortable.
Following the completion of the car control session you rejoin the public road, and again, over a specifically chosen route, you make your way back to the start point.
At the start of day–two. you again meet your Ride Drive advanced driving specialist and this time your route will take you to a skid car, or skid pan, facility. It may be that you complete the activities of this programme in a different order, perhaps due to availability of dates.
At the skid pan, and after a short safety briefing and familiarising of the facility, you begin a programme of activities that apply to driving a car on a low–grip surface. From simple manoeuvres to the more technical you will learn to induce loss of control and to regain it.
The purpose of the exercises will be to help you to develop an understanding of how it isn’t a slippery surface that causes you to skid, but the manner in which you drive on that surface. It also demonstrates just how much room you need to correct a skidding situation. Room you don’t have on the public road.
We talk about the causes of skidding and about the adverse effects of inappropriate driving will have upon the behaviour of the car. Everything we practice at the skidpan has a direct relationship with how you make safe progress on the public road.
Following the completion of the skidpan session you will rejoin the public road, and over a specifically chosen route, you make your way back to the start point. It will be during the closing stages of the day when you will notice home much smoother you drive your car and how much more in control of it you feel.
The Two–Day Advanced Driving, Car Control and Skid Control Experience is best suited to the performance car driver, or sports car driver, who has a passion for driving. It is for those who are striving to raise their ability to a high–end level to practice effective road driving methods.
The programme is quite intense and should not be entered into lightly. The yield from this level of investment is directly proportionate to the applied determination to succeed. For those who do apply themselves in this way will thereafter enjoy an outstandingly close relationship with their car.
The Full–Day Advanced Driving and Skid Control Experience is an option that is recognised for the purpose of completing a driver risk assessment for the Ride Drive⁄Adrian Flux special discount car insurance scheme.
As a consequence of the special relationship established between Ride Drive and Adrian Flux Insurance Services, Ride Drive customers can use their newly acquired skills to secure discount car insurance by as much as 20%, (excluding Insurance Premium Tax).
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Available throughout the UK, including
Aberdeen, London, Watford, Maidenhead, Basingstoke, Leatherhead, Kettering and Derby.