In the case of Liam’s accident, the chicane clinic as an accident avoidance kicked in. A chicane in his case was created by the stalled vehicle in his lane which he would have hit had he not reacted quickly. In the clinic, the chicane is created artificially using small cones simulating a stalled tractor-trailer truck. The student accelerates at high speed toward the stalled “vehicle” and using a combination of braking, steering, and acceleration avoids the hazard and ideally, returns to their lane.
Driver survival skills are increasingly important in a high speed, high-density environments. They can be acquired at any age so don’t think they are only for new drivers. In fact, they are an excellent way to brush up on your skills as well as become more familiar with your vehicle, especially if it is new.
After the accident, Liam called me. The second thing he said after, “I’m alright dad, just a little jittery”, was “The car control training I had just kicked in. I felt like I had been there before. I almost saved it if the rear wheels had not slid off the edge.” As a parent, I cannot think of any greater endorsement for this program and I am happy to contribute to its growth.