Benefits of learning to drive in the winter


I enjoy the warmer months as much as the next person, but sometimes doing certain things when the conditions are not ideal can make us stronger. That’s exactly what learning to drive in the winter months can do for us. Wouldn’t it be to your advantage to learn how to properly accelerate, brake and steer smoothly when road conditions are not ideal by having a licensed driving instructor sitting next to you?

If you consider that having a driving instructor beside you to train you properly for winter driving, it will also help to prepare you for a lifetime of winter driving. It will help to build your confidence when driving in these conditions. You’ll learn why we need additional space in front of our vehicle as well as on both sides in snowy or icy conditions. Learning the theory for driving in winter conditions is one thing, but wouldn’t it make more sense when you can actually apply it in those conditions during driving lessons with an instructor beside you?

There is only so much that can be retained from classroom time regarding winter driving. It really comes down to the practical training that can put how to drive safely in winter conditions for you. Learning the basics of driving in the winter conditions in the classroom will help to plant the information in your mind, but you need the practical training in those types of conditions to help your skills and confidence grow.

You’ll get a chance to accelerate on snowy conditions, learning how much pressure you should apply to the accelerator to allow you to maintain traction. You’ll also be able to practice pressing the brake pedal hard enough to stop quickly while keeping your vehicle under control in these same conditions. Wouldn’t that make sense to do those things with a professional instructor beside you, instead of doing it alone after you get your license in the summer months?

Being able to educate yourself with proactive responses can mentally prepare you to make better driving choices when it comes to winter driving. For example, knowing what you can do if your tires begin to lose traction as you’re about to make a turn, or how to properly accelerate with slippery road conditions, or how to position your vehicle in snowy traffic to help maximize your space. Doing these skills over and over again in the winter season mentally prepares you to do something before it happens. It’s kind of like being taught experience, not just knowledge.

Think of it like first aid training. You do the training just in case someone needs your help. That’s proactive training. You’re being taught what to look for and how to respond to what you see. There are many things you’re mentally ready for, even though it may never happen. The same can be said about learning to drive in winter conditions. You’re training your brain to be ready just in case certain things come up. In many cases, these situations won’t come up, but that’s the advantage of learning to drive in winter conditions. It weeds out the fears and myths you may have inside you.

Driving in these conditions will allow your confidence to grow as a driver. And if you can handle driving in winter weather conditions, the good weather conditions will be that much easier. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s go driving!