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Winter Driving School


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The Motorsport Club of Ottawa offers the premiere opportunity to learn to learn critical winter driving skills that will help you get yourself, your family, fellow road users, and your car safely through the winter.

My hope is to make other drivers aware of this outstanding Winter Driving Course put on by Motorsport Club of Ottawa. ~ Martha Tobin


You’ll learn in your own car through a combination of in-car instruction and exercises aimed at:

  • learning car control on snowy and icy conditions;
  • gaining confidence in winter driving conditions; and
  • learning and practicing effective skid control and stopping techniques.
  • Whether you are a new or seasoned driver, taking this winter driving course will save lives and you’ll be grateful you have these skills when you need them most. ~ Martha Tobin

You’ll have 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.

With a qualified and experienced instructor, you’ll focus on:

  • winter driving basics
  • ergonomics
  • traction
  • braking (4-wheel lock-up,no wheel lock-up, pumping pedal, ABS, bank braking)
  • slalom
  • skid control (front wheel skid, rear wheel skid, steering during skids
  • cornering technique
  • collision avoidance

My in-car instructor was priceless with his patience and calm advice. His decade as a rally driver and navigator brought tremendous practical experience to the on-track lessons. It was a direct result of Evan and the members teaching the course that my confidence in winter driving was reinstated and I can keep mistakes on the road as far apart as possible. ~ Martha Tobin

Don’t be disappointed, sign up soon for the Motorsport Club of Ottawa’s Winter Driving School!

What You'll Need

  1. Your own vehicle equipped with winter tires or all season tires (summer/high performance tires will not be allowed on the track). Winter tires are recommended.)
  2. Appropriate outdoor clothing
  3. Driver's license and car insurance for the vehicle you'll be using -- you will have to show these when you check-in
  4. At least 3/4 of a tank of gas

Course Outline:

The school is a full day school. Students are expected to arrive around 8:00am, as the school starts at 8:30 sharp. Coffee is available in the morning.  The school runs all day, and is usually completed by 4:00pm. 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:

08:00 - 08:30 Registration
08:30 - 08:45 Introductions
08:45 - 09:05 Theory session
09:15 - 09:25 Instructor familiarization
09:25 - 09:55 Braking demonstration and practice
09:55 - 11:05 Slalom
11:05 - 12:05 Skid Control

12:05- 13:05 Lunch

13:05 - 14:00 Cornering
14:00 - 15:10 Collision avoidance
15:00 - 16:05 Practice your skills
16:05 - 16:30 Debriefing and Graduation

2015 School Dates & Registration Links

The number of schools held is based on demand (each course requires at least 12 students), and is dependant on track conditions, which are dependent on Mother Nature. Courses are held in January and February.

Watch this page for future dates as they become available. 

School Date Registration Opens Registration Ends Registration Link Registration Meter
WDS #1 January 18, 2015 December 1, 2015 January 15 @ 11:59PM Sign up  
WDS #2 TBD TBD TBD Sign up  
WDS #3 TBD TBD TBD Sign up  
WDS #4 TBD TBD TBD Sign up  
WDS #5 TBD TBD TBD Sign up  


General: $250.00 + HST = $282.50

MCO Members: $225.00 + HST = $254.25

Seniors (60+): $225.00 + HST = $254.25

Full-Time Students (attending high school or an accredited college/university): $225.00 + HST = $254.25

Please have your Membership card, student card or proper ID when attending the course.


  • take the 417 West, past the Scotiabank Place
  • exit at Highway 7 towards Carleton Place/Toronto
  • take the first exit, Hazeldean Road and turn right at the top of the ramp
  • take the first left onto Speedway Road
  • follow Speedway Road a short 1.2kms until you see the Capital City Speedway sign and the gate on the right
  • drive through the gate and down the access road and you're there