Taking an IAM at this stage will be of far more benefit and for life than trying to fumble the way round a track..Walk first,then run.
An Iam will teach lots of different aspects of driving including how to get round bends.Its suprising how many drivers with years of experience just have no clue.
It will also give you discount on your insurance every year and bragging rights to carry in your pocket.
Im not sure about the skid pan idea,the aim is to avoid skidding and if you do then your doing it wrong.The chances are by then, its already too late.
Totally agree with Mobile Diagnostics above. IAM (or ROSPA - I am a ROSPA Gold) would be HUGELY beneficial, and the bit "experienced drivers having no clue" is so true. IAM will hep with insurance, ROSPA (though equivalent) doesn't seem to be recognised as much by insurers - so be aware of that.
Yes, 100% aim is to avoid skidding - absolutely. Skids are bad chappies.
"and if you do then your doing it wrong." Slightly disagree with that though, there is an outside chance you come across something wholly unexpected and unpredictable like a diesel spill or similar (It has happened to me on a motorway - big spill from lorry ahead - guy in front spun on it and ended up wrong direction in lane 2 causing chaos, I naturally braked, had a bit of a "tank slapper", recovered it, threaded through the carnage, with some opposite lock going on LOL, and stopped in the hard shoulder. Thus I became the prime witness to a 5 car shunt, and not a 6th victim).
"The chances are by then, its already too late.". A good portion of skids are recoverable if you know what you are doing. See above! My guess is a lot of, even "experienced" drivers, would have ended up crashing in my situation. (I do not profess to be a great driver at all, it is simply that I had fortunately taken the appropiate training for that very situation).
In this modern world of FWD cars I believe understeer to be a nefarious killer as it isn't always obvious, and it is "counter intuitive" to correct. Worse is understeer followed by lift-off oversteer. A skid course should teach these things.
Yes I 100% agree, avoidance is absolutely key and nearly all skids, or aquaplanes, are caused by human error. IAM or ROSPA will teach you to stay out of this regime. However, I do not feel there is any harm whatsover with being equipped with the knowledge and skill to deal with a skid if it does happen. Answer - do both advanced and skid course (but IAM first - Mobile Diagnostics is 100% right on that score).
Still nothing to prevent her doing a trackday though, but yes, "run before walk" is the common expression that comes to mind.
Edited by ChirpyCat, 08 June 2015 - 11:01 AM.