Skid Pan Training and Driving Experience from Into The Blue
These skid pan training courses are great fun whilst giving you practical experience in controlling your car in the event of a skid. All of our skid pan driving experiences teach you the essentials of skid control. Topics and scenarios covered include why you should steer into a skid, tracking on slippery roads and dealing with adverse road conditions.
You'll quickly discover that controlling a skidding car often requires you to do the exact opposite to what your brain is telling you to do. One thing's for sure, you'll definitely be impressed with how much you learn about skid control when you spend a bit of time out on the pan with a fully qualified instructor on these hands-on courses. Read more...
Go slipping and sliding on these skid pan training days!
When it comes to skid pan training there are several schools of thought as to what makes the ideal skid surface to learn your car control skills on. The ‘traditional’ set up is a dedicated concrete or tarmac area that is hosed down to be a wetter than wet skid pan. Add to that a rear wheel drive car and throw in an expert driving instructor and you’ve got skidding (and how to deal with it) on tap!
To give you an idea of what skid pan training on a traditional wet surface is like, have a look at this skid control video, filmed at Knockhill circuit in Fife.
The world of oversteer can also be achieved by using a clever hydraulic cradle system. The car sits within this metal frame, which can be altered to allow for rear wheel and front wheel skids to be simulated. The advantage here is there’s no need for the surface to be wet, so a pan can created anywhere where there’s a suitable spot of tarmac or concrete. The system is all controlled by the instructor, so your skid training is very much bespoke to you.
Then there are unique surfaces such as our supplier in Shropshire uses, which is a combination of a rubbery surface that has been oiled. It gets pretty dirty but it is thought to be the most realistic simulation of real life skid conditions on icy and slippery roads you can get without having to go to the depths of Finland in winter.
ABS? ESP? You still need skid pan training!
Of course, with many of us having ABS on our cars, you might be wondering if you even need to learn on the skid pan. The fact is no gadget can prevent skids and indeed, having ABS requires you to react in a certain way when faced with adverse road conditions. So a fully qualified advanced driving instructor is who you need to show you what happens, why and when. Knowledge is power when it comes to mastering what the skid pan can throw at you.
As well as being superb fun, these skid pan training sessions give you a very useful skill. After just one go out on the skid pan you'll be trained in how to react in skidding and sliding situations, with or without driver safety technologies on your car. Perhaps more importantly, you will be able to recognise when conditions might make a skid more likely and then drive accordingly to avoid it.