• You and up to two other drivers will be in the car
• Each driver will get around 40 minutes behind the wheel
• This venue uses cars in specially designed cradles to simulate different driving conditions
• Skid control experiences are available in other areas of the UK
• Interestingly, you could always take a look here for an alter-ego approach to your driving and book one of our stunt driving activities for a day
What Can I Expect
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.
• Courses run all year round on weekdays and weekends and operate in nearly all weather conditions
• All participants must be over 17 and have a minimum of basic driving knowledge
• No pets or animals are allowed on site
• This skid control course in Essex welcomes spectators who will have a good view of the action, along with access to the on site facilities
• There is a bar and restaurant on site providing hot and cold food and drink as well as toilets and sheltered viewing in poor weather
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• North Weald Aerodrome near Epping with easy access from junction 6 or 7 of the M11 or junction 27 of the M25