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Today I did a winter driving school

What I hoped would happen

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What my friends thought would happen

What really happened

I did a 1 day event organized by the Ottawa Motorsport Club using a track constructed in a giant parking lot. Thanks to our weird weather here recently (it was -25C all day today) the track was pretty rutted but had some extremely slick glare ice that made for an interesting playground.

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Driving my FWD Golf, it was interesting to learn how applying gas can get you out of some sticky situations. I was also fascinated at how proper winter tires can provide grip in basically any situation, even the previously mentioned ice. It’s not a lot, but in our collision avoidance maneuvers, it provided enough to work with the ABS to get out of trouble.

It was a fun way to spend a few hours in the car. If you have any apprehension about winter driving, I wholeheartedly encourage you to look around locally to find a similar group and get out there for some fun.

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