October 30, 2002

Portable plastic highway replicates winter driving conditions

Madoc, Ontario – DrivAbility Car Control Clinics in Ontario have introduced a new portable high density polyethylene road surface, 180′ long and 20′ wide, that can replicate winter conditions at any time of the year. By applying varying amounts of water, occasionally mixed with liquid detergent, almost any traction surface can be created. Driver training under these conditions can now be performed safely at modest speeds in relatively small areas such as parking lots.

“Driving is the most hazardous activity in our daily lives…” states Driving educator and columnist, Gary Magwood, “…and one for which we are inadequately prepared.”

Magwood says most drivers fear wet packed snow, glare ice or fresh rain on an oily highway. Training for these conditions can now be undertaken throughout the year.

The 4 hour DrivAbility clinics consist of 1/2 hour classroom and 3 1/2 hours of in-car training. The first two weekend programs are scheduled for Toronto, November 16/17, and Georgian College in Barrie, November 23/24. In February 2003, clinics are scheduled for Peterborough, February 1/2, Hamilton, February 8/9, Kitchener, February 15/16, and Scarborough, February 22/23.

Registration is open to anyone of driving age by calling (toll free) 866 NO SKIDS (667 5437. Cost is $200 (plus GST).

A former national racing champion and creator of his own school for racing drivers at Mosport Park, Gary Magwood created the Labatt Road Scholarship program and has developed training programs for police forces, car clubs, corporate fleets, drivers’ ed instructors and Toronto cab drivers.

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