Skid Control in Essex

Skid Control in Essex

This Essex skid control centre at North Weald Airfield near Epping has been instructing drivers for well over 20 years. Under their expert tuition you will have fun but most importantly you’ll learn valuable skills in a car that could save lives once you’re back out driving on the public roads.

The two hour course is in the heart of Essex (but well away from all the cars on the roads) and will teach you all about skidding. All sessions start with a short briefing before you move out onto the pan in one of the BMW or Ford skid cars. You will share the vehicle with two other drivers each spending around 40 minutes at the wheel rotating through a variety of simulated skids and sliding situations.

Skid control cars are standard but they are sitting in cradles which hydraulically lift the vehicle. The front and rear wheels on the cradle then reproduce loss of traction in different scenarios meaning you will be experiencing what hitting black ice or snow at anything from 10 to 60 mph feels like!

The idea is that you’ll sweep across the skid area at all angles and speeds discovering what makes you skid how you can avoid it and which way to steer when you feel the car slipping out of control. As these skid specialists will tell you it’s all about recognising the behaviour of the car and balancing the steering brakes and throttle in order to regain control.

This Essex venue is very well set up for skid training with a large pan and lots of challenges to tackle too. As your skills and confidence increase you will soon be able to push the car through a course combining gates curves and emergency braking areas whilst maintaining control. In fact you’ll find that your reflex action when you start to skid is often the complete opposite to what you should do!

Your Essex skid pan experience ends with an overall assessment of your performance and presentation of certificate. Don’t forget as well as having fun you’ll be learning valuable skills for everyday motoring situations.

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Skid Control Suffolk

Skid Control Suffolk

Experience front and rear wheel drive action on this Skid Pan Day in Suffolk! This low-grip skid pan at the driving facility near Bury St Edmunds gives you the opportunity to get skidding and sliding in total safety for half a day’s fun as part of a small group experience.

Throughout the course of these thrilling days you will take out two different vehicles onto the pan for skids and slides – a front wheel drive hatchback and a larger rear wheel driven saloon. The difference in the way these two cars behave is pretty impressive and each requires a certain technique to be able to control and recover as you go slewing off course. As well as skidding on the pan on the day you will also learn about emergency braking as part of the same experience because you never know when you might need to stop as quickly and safely as possible.

What’s good about the whole experience of being out on the skid pan for a few hours of the day is that you are in a small group which means there is plenty of banter and encouragement with your fellow skitters. As the course progresses so too will your understanding of how vehicles (and drivers) tend to naturally react and how to reverse that whole process so you are safe in a slide.

Of course the main focus on this skid pan day is enjoying the thrills but the skills you will learn whilst you’re flinging the cars around this slippery surface in Suffolk will also put you in very good stead when driving your own car on wet snowy or icy weather days. And with training from a ex and serving military and police driving instructors you can be sure of plenty of top tips from experts who have trained hundreds of drivers to advanced level.

 

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Skid Control Shropshire

Skid Control Shropshire

Here’s a new twist on skid training! This well-established driving school centre in Shropshire uses a unique skid area featuring a very special surface that makes skidding easy. There are no cradles on the skid car or fancy gadgetry that way (with your expert training) it means you learn easily all about when skids happen and how to control them from speeds as gentle as 5mph.

This skid car training experience is offered for one or two people and both packages give you plenty of training in the hot seat with the instructor and for skidding duos when you’re not driving you can be a passenger in the car. All sessions are offered as exclusive lessons so you will have the undivided attention of the Grade Six advanced driving instructor and there’s no hanging around waiting for your turn.

Of course experiencing your first skid can be scary and often most people’s first skid on roads is actually down to driver error so much better to be doing it at a training ground under controlled conditions with an expert driving instructor sitting next to you to show you what to do. And don’t forget the session is as much about fun out there on the pan as it is about learning some vital motoring skills.

Thanks to that specially prepared surface you can learn to control a skid at very slow speeds to gain confidence before building up to higher speeds to really test your training at the wheel of the skid car. So no need to feel anxious and believe us by the end of the session you will feel rightly quite proud of yourself that you will leave knowing just what to do when you skid – although we don’t advise doing skids on the way home in your own car if you can help it!

Although skid training is typically seen as a gifts for men experience  they are equally suitable for women too as driving is not just a man’s domain these days (thankfully!) and you’ll be trained in everything from locked wheels to tyre blows out on these experiences at this family run centre in Oswestry.

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Skid Control in Scotland

Skid Control in Scotland

Skid pan training Scotland – don’t panic! That’s one of the first things you will learn as you take on the Knockhill skid pan. An initial interactive video and safety briefing will show you what to expect then its off to the pan to get sliding!

This pan is the only free wheel skid surface in Scotland open to the public for training and has been purpose built to a good size at 60mx30m. For Scottish drivers this pan at Knockhill is one of the best environments in which to learn how to put cars into different skid situations  – and more importantly just how to control them!

Here at Knockhill two different types of car are used for your training session on the skid pan. This is in order to simulate different scenarios namely a front wheel drive vehicle and a rear wheel drive car so you can learn how this affects the cars and the way they react differently. During your two hours you’ll be tackling situations such as black ice surface water and aquaplaning whilst trying to stay calm and grasp control.

Our skid pan training Scotland experience gives you two hours of quality skidding out on the Knockhill pan. You will also have the chance to test your skills in the ‘brake and avoid’ lane so you can see how non-ABS and ABS vehicles work in an emergency. All in all a fun and informal way of learning practical skills that will improve your everyday driving awareness. The sessions ends with a debrief and presentation of certificates.

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Skid Pan Castle Combe

Skid Pan Castle Combe

Try out the Castle Combe Skid Pan for sliding fun in the Cotswolds! On arrival at this skid control venue near Chippenham in Wiltshire you’ll meet the highly experienced team – most of whom like chief instructors Jeff and Dave are ex-Police fast response driver/trainers or ADI instructors – and listen to a short safety briefing before heading out to the pan.

This venue uses completely standard vehicles with normal road tyres. A non-toxic solution is mixed with water to turn the normal tarmac on this Castle Combe pan into a very skid-able surface for lots of driving fun. The first session lets each driver ‘have a go’ – and this is where you will discover just how easy it is to lose control of the car!

You will then receive a full 20 minute classroom session covering all aspects of skid control including front wheel skids rear wheel skids four wheel skids weight transfer spin and under steer. Armed with all this knowledge it’s back out to the pan for a second go at slides and skids at this thrilling Castle Combe set up – and this time you’ll be successfully controlling the car.

As well as the two sessions out of the Castle Combe skid pan this half day experience also includes tutoring on Anti-lock Braking Systems and cadence braking both essential factors to bear in mind when on the roads in hazardous conditions. To finish you will take part in a fun time trial complete with prizes for Castle Combe’s winning skid pan driver!

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