Eiskhana 2011 On Georgetown Lake Presented By The Porsche Club Of America Rocky Mountain Region
About 45 cars of all makes and models lined up to starting line and slid around the course. Everything from pickup trucks to Porsches (911s, Cayennes & Boxsters), Volvos, Mazda Miata, Jeep, Hondas, and Volkswagons! Some with snow tires, some studded, some plain ‘ole summer tires.
This was one of the best driving experiences learning how your vehicle will handle in ice conditions. One run I make with the stability control on and one run made with the stability control off. What a difference in handling! Clearly the brain of most car’s Traction Control systems are pretty smart! The ABS anti-lock brakes worked beautifully as long as you kept your foot hard on the brake and felt, and heard, the vibrating of the braking system. However, it still took a very long distance to stop my car on the ice. You’d just keep sliding and sliding what seemed a long time until safely stopping.
The best part of the day was actually spinning my car out since I’d never spun a car before! Then recovering control… or not. Great driving practice under safe controlled conditions!
Studded snow tires are superior on ice, then are snow tires and the worst performing are summer street tires.
Dynamic Stability Control is for real.
It takes a whole lot longer to stop on ice than I would have ever believed!
Drive safe and slow on our Colorado winter roads.
You won’t win any awards, but you will get where you are going, not in the hospital or worse!
Next year I’ll have studded tires on my car for sure!
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