One person doing what he can to address the situation is Ian Law. His ILR Car Control School (ILRCCS) specializes in 'ProActive' driver training. For those interested in giving themselves and their family members more tools to be able to safely navigate the roads, regardless of conditions, ILRCCS will have a booth and offer a seminar at the upcoming Canadian Motorsports Expo Powered by Inside Track Motorsport News. The CME runs takes place February 7, 8 & 9 at Toronto's International Centre.
"Vehicle and tire design have made cars much safer over the years," explains Law. "Even road design has been improved to keep drivers safe. The only thing that hasn't advanced is the driver portion of the equation. Kids taking driving schools are taught enough to allow them to get their licenses, but not enough so that they can be safe on the roads."
ILR's 'ProActive' driver training goes beyond 'defensive driving' by teaching methods of controlling not only the vehicle, but also the driving situation.
"People don't realize that behind the wheel, everything is counter-intuitive," continued Law. "The human brain doesn't always give you the right answer. A lot of what we do is 'vision training,' which teaches drivers where to look so they can either avoid – or get out of – trouble."
For more than 20 years, Law's Car Control School has offered both summer and winter courses and has taught thousands of people, between the ages of 15 and 85, to be better drivers.
But Law and his 21 highly-trained, hand-picked instructors also share a competitive background. Therefore, the Car Control School has added to its curriculum by offering instruction in Advanced Autoslalom and at Track Days. These courses are held at Brampton, Ontario's Powerade Centre and Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
Catering to the motorsport enthusiast – and drawing on his own, extensive racing experience – Law will use his appearance at the Canadian Motorsports Expo to offer a Sunday seminar on driving techniques, with the theme: 'Techniques to help you get the most from your technology.'
"I've been around Autoslalom for years, and I see a lot of guys spending money on technology, but their skills don't match their cars," notes Law. "What we do at our school is work on the driver so they can get the most out of their wheels."
He concludes, "Whether you want to be a safer and more confident driver, or learn performance driving techniques, the ILR Car Control School has the advanced driving courses for you."
ABOUT THE ILR CAR CONTROL SCHOOL: Founded in 1989 as an offshoot of his racing school, Ian Law and his staff of experienced instructors apply the skills of keeping a car under control while either racing or in everyday driving, keeping drivers safe in emergency situations. The ILR Car Control School courses are offered in both summer and winter, and for the more competitive student, the school also offers Advanced Autoslalom and Track Day courses.
Founder Ian Law is a four-time Canadian Autoslalom champion and has translated his expertise to an instructional capacity, working as the Solo Director of the CASC-Ontario Region, and as the Chief Solo Instructor. He has also been rewarded with multiple Ice Racing victories and titles, and currently competes in the CASC's GT Championship Series. Away from the track, Law pens a regular column, 'Better Driving' for the Toronto Star.
For more information about the ILR Car Control School, interested parties can visit their website, www.carcontrolschool.com, or contact them by telephone, (905) 473-9500.