The very best in driver training in Anchorage and Alaska is here! For the first time in Alaska, civilian drivers can improve their skills in complete safety. More than just winter driving safety tips, now you can actually experience loss of traction in complete safety.
In 2007, the Anchorage Police Department implemented this program and was able to report a 59% reduction in officer crashes!
This is a true measure of a programs success.
Drivers are taught how skids occur and how to deal with a loss of traction if it does occur.
Our goal is to help drivers to become a more proactive driver and to develop advanced insight. Graduates of our course find that they no longer have to recover from skids because of what they have learned.
A proactive driver is defined as one who uses superior knowledge to avoid situations that require superior skill.
With a SKIDCAR, the instructor has full control of how much, or how little traction you will have.If an emergency occurs, the instructor can immediately return full traction to the vehicle with a simple push of a button.
The SKIDCAR will not allow the vehicle to roll over. If you were to do the same maneuvers on dry or wet pavement without a SKIDCAR, a roll over would be a very real risk!
During winter months, we use our SKIDCAR host vehicle without running the outriggers as they are not necessary to achieve the same loss of traction.
It is imperative to understand that we use a very specific course layout to prevent any skid from going too far or becoming too dangerous!
Our SKIDCAR instructor has years of experience using this specific course and has trained side by side with law enforcement instructors.
For a novice to do what we do, without specific instructor training and experience, without a closed training range and without full understanding of the outcomes would be extremely reckless.
We operate on a closed course. We have a legal agreement with Regal Cinemas to use the Totem Theater parking lot (3131 Muldoon Rd Anchorage, AK). The training area is well marked to prevent and discourage cross traffic.
High speed scenarios can be practiced at very low speeds, typically 15 to 20 mph. The G-forces generated in our SKIDCAR at 20 mph are the same forces on your car skidding at 50 to 60 mph!
You won't have to wait for winter to be in full swing to get practice learning about traction. We can train in the middle of summer. In fact, why not take lessons on how to maximize your control and traction before the snow comes?
We can set up front wheel, rear wheel, all wheel skids and demonstrate anti-lock brakes versus threshold braking methods every time we train, regardless of the weather.
We provide access to a legal area to train, the equipment and the most qualified instructors. And of course, it costs much LESS than your insurance deductible or a reckless driving charge!
A WORD OF CAUTION: Conducting these types of driving exercises without the landowners permission, insurance on the property, safeguards against interference (barricades to prevent traffic), and other measures for safety would constitute RECKLESS DRIVING. This is a serious charge, on par with DUI or negligent homicide with a vehicle. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REPLICATE THESE MANEUVERS WITHOUT THE PROPER SAFEGUARDS IN PLACE.
IT IS ILLEGAL AND VERY DANGEROUS.
We cover all these costs and legal arrangements for you.
You can certainly practice on ice and snow and learn a few things about traction loss. But what you don't know can put you in harm's way very quickly. For example: not knowing that a front wheel skid reacted upon in the wrong way can turn violently into a rear wheel skid with catastrophic results.
Front wheel skids are nearly impossible to set up reliably and definitely not safe without use of a SKIDCAR on dry or wet pavement. The speed needed to make the front wheels skid are far too high even if using a massive area like the Sullivan arena (the largest open parking lot in Anchorage). The space requirements for a safe runout are not practical. Just ask any experienced EVOC police trainer who has SKIDCAR experience. The SKIDCAR allows us to accomplish the front wheel skid EVERY TIME at less than 25 mph and in a space the size of a few tennis courts!
We don't theorize and you don't have to guess at what really works. You will be able to practice what works and what doesn't work first hand, while driving naturally.
In the past, many novices would set up a "rear wheel" skid by pulling the parking brake while the driver would suddenly turn the wheel. This is very dangerous as it teaches severe over reaction and causes multiple secondary skids (fishtailing) that should never occur if the driver is trained properly.
Our goal is to teach drivers to maintain as much control of their car as possible at all times. So we don't subscribe to unrealistic or unsafe methods.
In our classes, you won't have to worry about getting in trouble with the police or the property owner, either!
ESC, TC & ABS: With the majority of vehicles on the road today employing traction aides and all vehicles model year 2012 and later having ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL integrated into the vehicle, the days of going to a parking lot and stomping on the gas to initiate a rear wheel skid are GONE! The ESC will kick in and prevent you from developing any skids at low or moderate speeds.
To ensure students fully understand skid causation, recovery and prevention, we turn ESC, TC & ABS completely off for part of our class.
Please understand: this is far more than simply pushing the "Traction control OFF" switch. Our method completely disables all ESC, TC, ABS functions.
Using a closed course, and fully understanding exactly how the vehicle will slide are crucial in practicing without these life saving functions.
We do not recommend that novices ever fully disable ESC, TC, ABS.
You would have to grossly over accelerate and severely over steer to create the skids of yesteryear. It is far too dangerous to "play" with ESC for the average driver. Once you finally get the car to skid, you are so far past the safe limits of traction and your speed is so high that if anything goes wrong, it will be serious and expensive.
Using a SKIDCAR, we can SAFELY allow you to experience any skid (front wheel, rear wheel, all wheel, braking and accelerating) with only 6mph to 25mph. And you will only have to drive NATURALLY - so you learn to respond to traction loss correctly!
Come experience what the officers in Alaska KNOW. SKIDCAR training is used by the Anchorage Police Department and Alaska State Trooper for a reason: it is the very BEST WAY TO TRAIN.
AlaskA Safe Driver Academy LLC
1 hour in classroom
2 hours in SKIDCAR (maximum 3 drivers per session)
A pre-brief is given to help you understand how a car loses traction and what you can do to regain that traction or even better, prevent the loss of traction in the first place.
Front wheel skids, rear wheel skids and all wheel skids are covered as well as proper use of brakes (threshold braking vs. ABS braking).
This is NOT theoretical. You can learn in real time how to maximize the grip of your car and learn to be a proactive driver rather than a reactive driver.
A pre-brief is given to help you understand how Electronic Stability Control works and how it, along with Traction Control and Anti-lock Brake Systems coordinate to help you stay on the path you intended.
It is imperative to understand that there is always a limit to the available traction. Should your speed exceed that available traction, the vehicle will lose control.
Four Wheel drive vs. rear wheel drive may be explored in this class as well.
Repetition is key to learning solid skills that will stay with you.
Group training: It is crucial for drivers to observe and execute maneuvers. While our on road lessons are one-on-one, SKIDCAR is best taught in a group setting. This standard is used by police agencies, the U.S. military and Bondurant High Performance driving school (considered by many to be the top leader in performance driving education).
With our SKIDCAR lessons, you won't lose valuable training time being transported to and from the training area.
After you've scheduled a training time, you'll have a one hour classroom session at our office.
Then you can meet us at 3131 Muldoon Rd, Anchorage, AK (Totem Theater on Muldoon Rd) at your scheduled time.
By doing this, 100% of your class time is dedicated to your training.