Super bone-dry pavement (zero) grabs my four rubber tires, firmly holding my car to the ground. We apply the brakes, and the vehicle stops as expected. Apply the accelerator, the car movement is accurate and predictable. Steering is the same.
These three core controls repeatedly produce expected results on bone-dry pavement.
Bone-dry roads disappeared during the recent holiday weather when snow and ice which shut down most of the Great Vancouver Area.
Glare sheet ice (ten) replaced bone-dry (zero).
Too much steering could easily cause the entire car to drift sideways dangerously.
Too much gas can throw the entire car out of the two-wheel ruts down into the ditch.
Too much brakes could spin three hundred and sixty degrees, propelling us into other cars.
Less-than-perfect visual tracking of the road surface and our intended pathway can easily lead us into a multi-car pileup!
These skills require an excellent sensitivity to minute movements as you continually try your best to use whatever tractions available to remain in control. These skills take years to develop. Its development requires an exhaustingly intense focus on delicate variables, with any error instantly throwing your car out of control.
NOT the kind of THING to be doing while surrounded by other 2000 kg plus steel boxes all struggling to achieve similar control!
Stay Home or Get Off the Road when you find yourself in these (ten) environments. Plan ahead and avoid these situations. I did.
Enjoy the holidays.
|IF YOU FAIL YOUR ICBC DRIVING TEST||RETEST WAIT TIMES ARE|
|1st FAILED ATTEMPT||14 DAYS|
|2nd FAILED ATTEMPT||30 DAYS|
|3rd FAILED ATTEMPT||60 DAYS|