North Idaho

ISP hosting winter driving class

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - With the winter weather comes icy roads. Local drivers have the chance to learn from professionals before they're covered in snow.

It's that all-too-familiar helpless feeling: briefly losing control of your vehicle while driving on icy streets.

According to Idaho State Police Trooper Shane Grady, even the most experienced winter drivers experience that pit-in-the-stomach feeling, but the most important thing you can do is stay calm.

"If you feel yourself losing control, don't slam on the brakes, don't accelerate hard. Everything is nice and smooth and nice and slow," said Grady.

It's first-hand advice like this that the Idaho State Police will be offering to the public on Saturday. A comprehensive, classroom-setting winter driving class. It's an education Grady values, as nearly all weather related accidents he sees are avoidable

'Most of them are avoidable and most of them are speed-related or people just putting on the brakes when they shouldn't be."

A key item on Saturday's agenda: preparation.

"I always like to make sure tires have the appropriate amount of air in them," said Grady. "Make sure the tires are the appropriate tires for the roadway, and that you have snacks and extra water in case you're stranded on the side of the road. Make sure your heater is working properly so you have somewhere nice to wait. Plenty of fuel."

Saturday marks the 14th edition of the ISP's annual driving course. For more information, contact the District 1 office at 208-209-8620.