Learning skid control is an incredibly important driving skill to have. And it’s not just over the winter months with the dangers of snow and ice prevalent that mastering this technique can pay dividends out on the open road, as wet weather driving also presents its own hazard at any time throughout the year.
To help give you skid control confidence, TrackDays.co.uk is proud to offer you the opportunity to experience skid control behind the wheel of a specially modified car with an expert instructor by your side. Just as importantly, it’s also great fun.
However, skid control is not a natural skill to possess, and more often than not the situation is made worse by our actions. Nevertheless, on our skid control experiences, the instructors will give you expert advice on how to recover a car from a skid in a safe controlled environment, whilst at the same time making it an enjoyable lesson.
What Will I Learn from Skid Pan Training?
The key is learning how to overcome an instinctive reaction, which can sometimes be the wrong one. Drivers are also coached on how to use the steering wheel and pedals to counter the skid slide, and also shown how to control front-wheel, rear-wheel and four-wheel skids.
The package also includes training in emergency braking, understeer and oversteer, plus 180 degree recovery, which will enable drivers to have an understanding of how to react if the car is out of control.
When the driving has finished, then the session ends with a debriefing by the instructor focusing on how to improve skid control should the worst happen.
Our Skid Pan packages are available at our Bovingdon Airfield venue in Hertfordshire and at North Weald Airfield in Essex. At Bovingdon, we have our Stunt Pro and Stunt Thrill packages, which will give you either 25 or 50 minutes’ driving time as you master the skill of skid control in a custom prepared Mazda MX5.
Meanwhile at North Weald, the saloon cars on the Skid Control package have been specially adapted on a mounted hydraulic rig, designed to closely emulate challenging road conditions as best as possible under a safe, controlled environment. Whichever package you opt for, what you will gain from the experience in terms of enhancing your drivers’ toolkit is invaluable.
Booking a skid control experience is simple to do with TrackDays. You can either book directly onto an available date on our regularly updated Events Calendars for all our experiences, or you can buy an open gift voucher for complete flexibility. But don’t forget, the sooner you undertake the skid control experience, the sooner your confidence will grow when driving in adverse weather conditions.
Other courses available with TrackDays.co.uk designed to improve driving techniques include our Stunt Driving packages, where drivers learn to perform evasive manoeuvres with one-to-one tuition from an experienced instructor. For more information about these, you can head to our dedicated Stunt Drive page on our website.
If you buy an open gift voucher for a Skid Pan package, the standard validity period to use the voucher is 10 months. However, please make sure you check this first, as some Skid Pan vouchers and special offers may have a shorter or longer validity.
If you are booking directly onto a date for a driving experience, please note that you are making a booking request, and the date and time that you choose will still be subject to availability.
We usually confirm bookings within 48 hours, but we ask that you do not make any arrangements in conjunction with your booking request until you have received your final confirmation email. The receipt we send you after making a booking request is not your confirmation.
Other important things to consider when purchasing Skid Pan driving experiences are that the driver meets all requirements in terms of age, weight, height and driving licence. These requirements are unique to each driving experience, so please ensure you have read through and checked the important information thoroughly.
If an experience is for junior drivers only, we will usually mention this in the name of the package, but not in all cases. If you place a booking for a driving experience, and the driver doesn’t meet the requirements on the day, then it is unlikely they will be able to drive the vehicle, in which case they will be offered a passenger ride where available.
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Vehicles and Locations
Trackdays.co.uk offers a wide range of facilities, autos, and locations. A substitute service will be given if a service is unavailable due to a failure, weather, or construction activities. It's crucial to remember that sometimes a change of location, day, vehicle, and schedule is required. A damage waiver may be arranged for about £20-£25 per driver. These waivers are normally fully voluntary and may be accepted on the day of the event.
Sessions and Time Limits
An expected duration is stated for all event and session durations. If an event must be postponed, you will be contacted as soon as possible. After your itinerary has been approved, your ticket is non-refundable.
Most driving experiences have guidelines in place to protect the health and safety of staff and drivers. Typically, you must be between the heights of 4'11" and 6'6" and weigh less than 18 stone. Passengers must be at least 16 years old. Please double-check to avoid errors, since it changes depending on the vehicle and level of expertise. Any driver engaging in a driving activity or a vehicle track day must have their driver's licence on them at all times. All bike track days need an unrestricted motorbike licence. To participate, you must have the necessary licence. During a car track day, all automobiles are subjected to a static and/or drive-by noise test. We display the static noise limitations on our schedule wherever possible. A vehicle that fails the drive-by or static noise testing on the day of the test will be unable to participate in the circuit and admission will not be refunded. Helmets are required for public track days. To participate in a race, you must wear two-piece zip-together or total leather protection. Any extra regulations and limits will be explained to you before you are allowed to ride on the track. You will not be entitled to a refund if you are asked to leave the track due to misconduct. Participants must understand that the venues we represent have to ensure that the safety of everybody involved is the top priority.
The weather may have an influence on your event. Regrettably, rescheduling before an event is not always possible. In the event of inclement weather, track days and driving excursions are often cancelled and rescheduled. Only if it is possible will a refund be issued.
Requests for Reservations
On our website, we maintain our event schedule as accurately as possible. If you can't find the event or date you're looking for, please use the contact form. We will do all we can to assist you. During busy seasons such as weekends and summer months, it is preferable to reserve your selected event, location, and date as soon as possible. If you do not follow the terms and conditions put out by the event host, your reservation will be lost. A reservation cannot be changed after it has been made.
The date and time of your event should be noted in your booking confirmation (this does not include the automatic purchase email you receive that confirms what you have just ordered). After making the transaction, you should get a final confirmation within 48 hours. If any vehicles or equipment become unavailable due to mechanical failure, the venues will offer a suitable substitution on the day.
Conditions of the Voucher
Gift Voucher holders may utilise the purchase price of a still-valid Gift Voucher as part or full payment for any item on the site. Unless otherwise noted, vouchers are only good for one person. If required, a top-up payment may be made to raise the value of a voucher so that it may be used to schedule a more expensive event. Please keep in mind that the cost of an activity may change based on the season. If the cost of the event is less than the amount of the voucher, the leftover credit will be held until the voucher's expiration date. Because your experience must be completed before the expiration date mentioned on the front of your Voucher, we suggest scheduling your event as soon as possible. All coupons are good until the expiration date mentioned on the voucher, after which they will automatically expire and cannot be renewed.
Additional Terms and Conditions
Our gift packages are sent by Royal Mail 48 ®, which takes 3 to 5 working days, or by DPD for Next Working Day Delivery, which takes 3 to 5 working days. To see the final Christmas delivery dates, go to the website's news section at the bottom of the page.
If you get a new personalised loyalty discount code, it is only good for the person whose name appears on the voucher card and cannot be used to book anybody else for an event. This covers both additional drivers and passengers. The deal is valid for booking any UK track day on our website, subject to availability. This certificate is non-refundable after the first track day appointment is arranged.
Damage waivers paid on the spot may incur an extra cost from some providers. We make it plain to our consumers that they are not required to purchase anything in order to participate in the event. All of this will be discussed in the safety briefing. Damage waivers are recommended in the case of hiring performance vehicles - as accident damage can be expensive.
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On normal public track days, we do not allow open wheel automobiles.
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