A colorful morning full of beautiful moments

At Christmas, we received a common gift from our mom: driving lessons on slippery ground.

After a perilous operation of synchronization of diary between brothers and sister, here is the appointment fixed with Rodolophe ...

Despite waking up (very) early in the morning, we set off for the control track with our instructor, Rodolphe.

The road was an opportunity to get to know each other but was also studious in order to optimize the hours spent together!

From the first explanations, we learned that road safety does not only depend on the state of the road but also on the car as well as the actions or reactions of all drivers.

After a theoretical, clear and very colorful presentation, the 3 hours of practical exercises allowed us to see the handling of a car from another point of view, with and without the driver assistance systems.

These practical exercises, punctuated with sound advice and accompanied by lots of patience, will allow us to better interpret the reactions of a car that we may, one day, perhaps encounter on the road like sliding on a sheet of ice or the start of EPS.

The return was made with Rodolphe and the 3 trainees perhaps very tired but delighted to have apprehended, in complete safety, difficult driving conditions.

The activity is to be recommended to all those who wish, in a convivial atmosphere, to better understand their vehicle and all of the driving assistance systems and who do not intentionally fear putting themselves in a dangerous "situation".

It was a colorful morning full of beautiful moments of sharing experiences and acquiring new knowledge.

Thank you very much to Rodolphe.

Siblings Sandrine, Martin and Jérôme

So much more effective

January 2016.

Our small group finds Rodolphe on the mastery track.

Theoretical 60-minute briefing to test our knowledge and review the essential points of driving (gazing technique, vehicle behavior, etc.)

We descend on the course, not impressive at first glance, it alternates rough and smooth surfaces and a slippery like a mirror.

At our disposal a car which can, as an option, completely disconnect the ABS, ESP and other systems.

We will take turns driving it in quarter-hours.

First passages to test and above all feel, in complete safety, the effects of extreme braking, with and without ABS system. This is an exercise to keep in mind for the everyday road, it reassures.

Second chapter. With the remote control it activates the watering cans which will transform the slippery parts into real ice rinks.

First turns on the curve and these are beautiful, 180 ° skids, uncontrollable.

Uncontrollable? "No" assures me Rodolphe, "you will control!"

It would surprise me I say to myself low, it's really too slippery, something between snow and ice ...

After two disastrous attempts (for all) begins the explanation, simple and implausibly effective,

and immediately there is a radical change! The car leaves of course but the catch-ups are very fast and efficient, no more spinning tops where I become a passive and helpless passenger of an uncontrolled car.

Passage after passage I always catch up with the slip, I can't believe it.


Third chapter: drifting around a small roundabout. To complicate this apparently too easy exercise a little, it is flooded on certain parts and dry on others.

Flawless demonstration of the professor. How easy it looks!

Then it's ours ... general disaster.

We all end up blocked with the nose towards the center of the roundabout ... too fast, too slow, too abrupt too soft ...

Incredible but true, from the third passage I start to "feel" the behavior of the car, it succeeds better and better, I can't get over it and it becomes very fun. I would do that for hours! ¬

Seen as a hobby, it is an expensive entertainment, like everything that is motorsport, but as an element of safety for everyday driving, it is an investment that costs one tenth of the smallest road accident.

As Rodolphe said to me before Francorchamps, another unforgettable experience, let's make a "tuning" of the driver, so much more efficient and much more important than the "tuning" of your car! "

It's so true !



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