Mac & Mike's Pick: Driving Practice

By WEEK Reporter

October 29, 2010 Updated Oct 29, 2010 at 10:29 PM CDT

A recent report on young drivers said their parents didn't take them out to practice in adverse conditions.

OK, you really can't blame them for not wanting to put the family Belchfire-eight in the hands of a kid in a snowstorm.

So how do the Canadians, who have some familiarity with snow handle this situation?

Practice, practice practice.

And by that, we mean on a simulator which reproduces all those anxiety-producing moments of driving in a snowstorm.

The Canadian Center for Transportation Safety makes it as authentic as possible- except for the collisions, injuries and increases in your insurance rates.

The Center's consensus is that in the first storm, anxiety levels go up and drivers start doing things like fixating on their hood ornament instead of their driving.

Of course, like their neighbors to the South, the Canadian drivers still need some work.

This is what Regina, Saskatchewan looked like Tuesday after eight inches of snow fell, and blizzard conditions tested Canadian drivers. Some failed the test.

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