Whether you’re a high roller or an average citizen, you can help avoid car accidents by keeping your winter driving skills finely honed.
In a new post, CNN lists some Colorado-based adventures in its slideshow “From Aspen to Iceland: 10 of the World’s Best Winter Driving Experiences.” These experiences help drivers improve their driving skills for greater safety in ice and snow. The Colorado driving experiences CNN lists are offered in Aspen, and include the Lamborghini Winter Accademia (also offered in Italy) and the Aston Martin on Ice program.
Advanced Driving Maneuvers
The Aspen version of Lamborghini’s 2016 Winter Accademia, at Aspen Snowmass, gives participants the opportunity to take part in advanced driving maneuvers on snow and ice, guided by professional Lamborghini instructors, as the website details. There are two courses offered, and each comes with “luxurious accommodations and fine cuisine.”
The Corso Intensive is a one-day class (from February 25-27) focusing on dynamic driving techniques and performance handling. It helps participants increase their driving skills via extended instruction and track time. Corso Intensive is a prerequisite for Corso Avanzato, which runs for two days (from February 26-29), and takes the driving experience to the next level, with a basics refresher followed by advanced techniques. It features in-car data collection, instructor analysis, and one-on-one coaching. The analysis for both courses includes scrutiny of video from the on-board cameras and telemetry system. These driving classes (like the cars themselves) are not inexpensive, and run from $6,995 to $9,995.
Then there is Aston Martin on Ice, which runs from February 19-21 in Crested Butte in the Rocky Mountains. It will give drivers an opportunity to improve their driving skills on a private ice-driving track. Skilled instructors will help drivers improve their skills on icy roads. Unlike Lamborghini, Aston Martin does not list the cost of its winter driving experience.
Winter Driving Safety for Everyone
If you are among the large majority of people who do not own such high-end luxury cars, you can still get help with driving in wintry weather by heeding the following tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Get your car serviced before you hit the road: have the mechanic do a tune-up and other routine maintenance, and have the vehicle checked thoroughly for leaks, worn hoses, and other needed parts and replacements.
- Make sure all the lights on your vehicle work. If you tow a trailer, make sure its brake lights and turn signals work as well, because trailer light connection failure is a serious safety hazard.
- Make sure to equip your vehicle with a snow shovel, broom, and ice scraper; carry abrasive material like sand or kitty litter in case your car gets stuck in the snow; keep jumper cables, a flashlight, and warning equipment like flares and emergency markers in your vehicle; keep blankets to help you keep warm in case you get stuck; don’t forget your cell phone and its charger; and bring food, water, and any necessary medicine.
- Have snow tires installed before cold weather arrives. Check out tire ratings before buying new ones, and look for winter tires with the snowflake symbol. Inspect, or have your tires inspected, at least once a month and before embarking on long trips. Keep a tire pressure gauge in your vehicle — check your tires when they have not been driven on for at least three hours. Make sure they conform to the manufacturer’s recommended inflation pressure, listed in your owner’s manual and on a placard on the driver’s side door frame or rear edge of the driver’s door. Make sure your spare tire is in good condition.
- Always wear your seat belt, and make sure passengers are buckled up in age- and size-appropriate restraints.
- To avoid asphyxiation from carbon monoxide poisoning, don’t run your car for long periods of time with the windows up or in an enclosed space. If you must run your vehicle, clear the exhaust pipe of any snow and run it only sporadically, just long enough to stay warm.