Rallying experts offering winter driving lessons

Rally specialists Prodrive, who got Colin McRae the title with Subaru and will be running Mini's WRC effort next year, are offering motorists the chance to improve their winter driving skills with a new course.

Prodrive has built a low-grip handling facility at its own test track in Warwickshire and will give drivers a chance to feel what it's like to lose control on ice or snow.
The course costs £99 and includes a theoretical section about driving on very low friction surfaces, like snow and ice and how cars with front, rear or four-wheel drive can be expected to react in wintery conditions.

Because the surface has been designed especially for the purpose of simulating these tricky conditions, participants in the course will be able to use their own cars rather than skid cars to become familiar with their machinery.

Prodrive's vehicle dynamics specialist, Damian Harty, has developed the chassis for the new Mini WRC car and has tips for motorists: "Every winter, I fit specialist winter tyres to my car, as they are by far the best and safest way to drive on snow and ice and work very well in the wet or on dry tarmac too.

"If I could give two pieces of advice to any motorist, it would be to fit winter tyres, you'll be amazed at the difference – and learn some car control so you're not caught out."
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