Video and text by Andy Immel
Driving on ice sounds intimidating – and it is! However, given the superb traction control system on the S5, not to mention studded snow tires, a little technique can produce a reassuring level of control. This video shows an S5 leaving from a standing start, accelerating to about 45 mph. The driver is then given a left or right signal in the car (simulating an object/event to be avoided). The driver is to steer around the problem with very quick reaction to the correct side without braking and, of course, while maintaining control.
Sounds easy, but the key is subtle input. Too much and your off and spinning. Too little and you’re heading into the obstacle. As with all of the exercises, it takes effort and practice, but perhaps most importantly, listening intently to the precise instruction offered by the two pros, Oliver and Jochi. If you can actually practice what they preach you get it quickly and are able to enjoy the lesson, which leads to the desire to do a few more passes, but it’s time to move to the next exercise station. So much fun/so little time!