We thought it valuable to compare a modern SKID CAR training system to other training devices and methods and thanks to our counterparts in America, SKIDCAR SYSTEM®; we can.
With the aid of this comparison chart you can see why SKIDCAR is truly like no other Driver Training device on the market.
View the comparison chart as a PDF document here.
In addition, we thought you might like to see an article written by JP Molnar, M.Ed., who is a former state trooper teaching emergency vehicle operations courses for various public safety agencies. He is a certified Technical Accident Investigator who has taught at numerous high-performance racing schools. He consults with numerous companies, developing and instructing curriculum in the areas of high performance driving, emergency vehicle operations, and executive protection. JP wrote this article for JEMS (Journal of Emergency Medical Services) and we think he has done an amazing job at catching the intrinsic value of using SKID CAR.
"Last week we used the Jeep SKIDCAR with ESC as someone had put the wrong fill in the tires of the Crown Vic we were using for an instructor training class.
The Instructor class started with a crown Victoria with only ABS working. The initial training contains components of recognizing different types of skids, getting control returned after mistakes made, and then avoiding them all together. Of course, during this process there is a lot of skidding, sliding, and opposite lock driving, which is always seen as too much fun and too many high fives. One of the components of a good SKIDCAR instructor is they must know just as much about how skids are made and skidding, as how to avoid them. This process is probably considered by most instructors as way to much fun.
With crossing over to the Jeep, we used the ESC in 2 modes in 2-wheel drive. We then used 4-wheel drive without ESC. ESC has become another electronic instructor. Much like the Vigil system monitors the actual dynamic and visual history of a dynamic event the ESC system is instantaneous in response to a dynamic problem the driver has made.
Frustration abounded, as there now were few burnouts, fewer out of control spins, and much more anxiety by the ESC intrusion into their driving mistakes. High fives gave way to, how the heck can I use my eyesight better when this electronic crap keeps controlling me. The Jeep is sprung so soft that when ESC intrudes it actually pitches the weight through the Jeep and causes the tires to chirp for grip! Video is exciting to watch as an experienced observer can visually see what each tire is trying to do as ESC tries to control the driver’s mistakes.
Initially the instructors were not happy with the Jeep SKIDCAR. They wanted their old Crown Vic back. But at the end of the week and final testing executed all the instructors were driving outside the ESC system and functioning at the same lap times as a good driver would have driving a car without ESC.
The moral to the story is we got to the same place of "IT’S about Grip, Not Slip" but only more efficiently in regards to effort and time. It was more training than fun. It is much easier to interface a driver with the electronics then it is to make them conscious of percentages of positive slip versus grip and the time, effort, and repeated failures by over driving and losing control. The other very real consequence of this training is there is a lot to be unlearned about steering use. One must devote his energy to allowing use of the vehicle controls to feed grip to the electronics so they can do their job of returning control.
Of course, this training all comes at the sacrifice of tires and brake pads!"