For millions of Americans who live in snowy climates, driving in winter is a necessity. Every year, the Bridgestone Winter Driving School helps people learn how to control their cars during the cold weather season.
TFLcar rode along with Kurt Spitzner, an instructor at the school, to learn how to get a car back under control when it’s in a skid. Spitzner demonstrated how to identify both an understeer skid and an oversteer skid and how to get them back under control.
The school uses an assortment of Lexus vehicles shod with Bridgestone Blizzak winter tires. While Bridgestone would probably love it if everyone bought their tires, having purpose-built winter tires for winter driving is key to staying safe when the weather turns ugly. Winter tires are designed for low temperatures, ice and snow.
The Bridgestone Winter Driving School is set up on a 77-acre driving campus in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and offers a full range of winter driving programs for all abilities, from the novice to the seasoned professional. The team of experienced driving coaches are professionals who teach the skills and techniques necessary for confident and safe winter driving. The school operates seven days a week from mid-December through early March. Half-day, full day, multi-day, corporate and private courses are available.
Check out the full video above to learn the proper techniques needed to pull your car out of an oversteer or understeer skid.