Winter Driving School
The Motorsport Club of Ottawa is offers a superb opportunity to learn the basics of winter driving techniques. The course is held at the Capital City Speedway in Stittsville, on a closed course. Our one day course offers lots of track time. Students learn in their own cars through a combination of in-car instruction and exercises. MCO is a non-profit club run by volunteers. Fees for the school are to cover the costs of track rental and course preparation and maintenance.
-to learn car control on snowy and icy conditions
-to gain confidence in winter driving conditions
-to learn effective skid control and stopping techniques
Winter Driving Schools for 2014
To learn critical winter driving skills students spend a full day at our Winter Driving facility at Capital City Speedway. Each new skill is explained first in the classroom and then the students take to our slippery track with an in-car instructor to practise that skill. Then it’s back to the classroom to learn the next skill. The day alternates between the classroom and the track until all the winter driving skills have been covered. Don’t be disappointed, sign up soon for the Motorsport Club of Ottawa’s Winter Driving School by following the schedule and links below
2014 Winter Driving Events
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Topics covered in detail include
-winter driving basics
-braking (4 wheel lockup,no wheel lockup,pumping pedal,ABS,bank braking
-skid control (front wheel skid, rear wheel skid, skid control, steering during skids
What you'll need
The school does not provide a lunch. You may bring your own or travel into the town of Stittsville at lunchtime (usually 1 hour long). In the morning there is coffee and donuts. The classroom is heated and comfortable. Make sure you arrive at the track with a full tank of gas. On sunny days it can be quite bright. Sunglasses may be in order.
-drive your own vehicle
-appropriate outdoor clothing
-drivers licence and insurance
Media Coverage of MCO's Driving School
See the other articles in this section for the TV coverage of our schools
The school is held based on demand (course requires at least 10 students), and dependant on track conditions provided by Mother Nature. Courses are held in January and February of each winter.
Online registration is mandatory. See the event schedule for links to register.
Please note: 10% discount coupons do not apply to this already discounted student, senior and MCO member price.
If you have a 10% discount coupon, please register for your course at the full price and then bring the coupon with you on the day of your course. Write your name on your coupon. Hand in your coupon and you will receive $21.50 in cash.
From Ottawa, take the 417 West, past ScotiaBank Place. Take the Highway 7 exit towards Carleton Place/Toronto. Take your first exit to Hazeldean Rd. Turn right at the end of the off ramp. Take the first left onto Speedway Road. Follow the access Speedway Road past Spruceridge Road until you get to the second yellow entrance gate onthe right. Turn in at the second gate and drive down the access road until you get to a parking lot with a building. You're there.
The school is a full day school. Students are expected to arrive around 8:00am, as the school starts at 8:30 sharp. The school runs all day, and is usually completed well before 16:00. A one hour lunch break is held at close to 12:00 noon.
A typical schedule of events for the day may look like the following, but is subject to change without notice:
Morning: Introductions Afternoon: Lunch
Theory session Briefing
Instructor familiarization Cornering
Braking demonstration and practice Collision avoidance
Skid Control Debriefing & Graduation
driver's license and insuranceappropriate outdoor clothingdrive your own vehicleCollision avoidanceCornering TechniquesSkid control (front wheel skid, rear wheel skid, skid control, steering during skids)SlalomBraking (4 wheel lock-up, no wheel lock-up, pumping pedal, ABS, Snow bank braking)