Posted: Oct 11, 2009 6:08 AM by Matt Stafford
Updated: Oct 11, 2009 6:08 AM
It can catch us by surprise, but those first few icy roads of the season can be more than just an annoyance.
Some new drivers are trying to avoid similar results.
“I want to know how to drive in Colorado” says Cora Johnson, a new driver, learning at Masterdrive in Colorado Springs.
Johnson’s instructor Spencer Pace says, “We teach driving skills, and it's not about getting from point “A” to point “B”.”
It's much more than that. Lucky for the students, they're getting to test their skills in weather that's not fun to drive in, but common in Colorado winters.
“I think it makes me better because you get more experience, early on. You aren't just caught out there with ice and you don't know what to do,” says Johnson.
“It's a lot easier to understand the limitations of a vehicle when you have less traction, when you have less grip on the road,” explains Pace.
Everything from classroom instruction to live action is covered in the course. The first time drivers attending plan to be ready for any thing the road, or Mother Nature, throws their way.
However, there's one piece of advice their instructors say is the most important.
Pace stresses, “If you don't feel safe driving, don't drive.”
These are words that could save your life, or someone else’s.