The Saab Club of Canada runs an Enhanced Driving School twice a year at the Shannonville Motorsport Park in Belleville, Ontario. It’s always well attended, primarily because they’ve been doing it for a long time now and have great instructors who know their stuff.
Their most recent session was attended by a journalist from Canadian Driver, a guy named James Bergeron. He was fortunate enough to score a XWD Saab 9-3 for the day, too.
His account of the day is now online at Canadian Driver.
Driving is serious business; most people get their license when they are 16, pass the “driving test” which is more of a test of one’s abilities to follow the law than to operate a motor vehicle, and then never look back. The majority of the drivers on the roads today haven’t had any training other than a few quick lessons from their parents or a driving school.
Do you remember what to do if your car goes into a skid? Was it turn into the skid? Or maybe it was turn away from the slide? Across the hood, that’s a good one; wouldn’t that mean you always turn right?
Forget all of that. The best way to learn, or re-learn, how to drive, is to practice. Twice a year at Shannonville Motorsports Park in Shannonville, Ontario, The Saab Club of Canada offers an Enhanced Driving School to all members of the public that offers the opportunity to learn and improve driving skills in a controlled environment……
….and the conclusion (both the course and the car)
All the instructors were extremely knowledgeable, easy-going and friendly. My instructor, Paul Kitchener, was extremely knowledgeable and went above and beyond by letting me take his Corvette Z06 onto the track for some added thrills.
After taking the Saab driving school, I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking to improve their car control skills. For $265, it is a bargain; heck, they even provide lunch!
How did my Saab 9-3 fare on the track? I came away impressed….
You can read the in-between stuff at Canadian Driver.
If you’ve not attended a driver training course in the past I really recommend you consider it. Your Saab’s limits on the road exceed your own by a large margin and it’s best to learn where yours are in a controlled environment.
Just don’t do what I did.
If you’re in Canada and you want to attend the Saab Club of Canada’s Enhanced Driving School, unfortunately you’ll have to wait until next year. Courses are usually run in May and October each year.
Bookmark the club’s website and be sure to check it out in the early stages of 2010.