Originally Posted by gallandof
One thing that I feel any driver who thinks they are good/competant in the least bit should do, is that a track course with your daily driver. and take one of those devensive driving courses. Basically get as much experience as possible in thier car they are going to own in as many extreme conditions as possible. I drive a Front wheel drive Cobalt SS, but I still take it up to the lakes every winter and do a few ice races not for the fun but so I can get used to my car in extreme conditions, and since tons of things will change from year to year I do it every year.
You are the first person I've ever heard say this. I have always believed that whenever someone purchased a new car, they should be required to spend an hour or two on an autocross track practicing maneuvers to learn the limits of their vehicle. I do this whenever I drive a rental car - a quick swerve on the road when nobody is around and a quick panic stop. Same is true on snow. Anytime you go out on snow-covered roads, you should have a little bit of "fun" just to get used to how your car reacts in this kind of snow with your tires at their current wear level. This is defensive driving at the most basic level.