Journey of Discovery in Austria

It may not seem like it, but driving on snow and ice is perhaps the most treacherous thing you may ever do in your life, even if you are a winter driving veteran. Statistically, the act of driving unto itself isn’t exactly the safest activity, but mix in the slippery white stuff and you have a recipe for potential disaster. That’s why Land Rover’s Journey of Discovery team stopped near Salzburg, Austria, to brush up on their snow and ice driving techniques.  

Ice and Snow
Driving in Austria

Loidl stressed that the driver is still the most important factor when it comes to safe driving on snow and ice. 

With World Rally Championship competitor and Paris Dakar rally veteran Ernest Loidl at the wheel, the team reviewed speed control, steering, traction, emergency braking, and more. Loidl stressed several key winter driving points. The first is that, “Whether it’s driving your family on holiday or just going to the shops, being able to cope with the unexpected behind the wheel is useful all the time.”  Additional bits of winter driving wisdom shared by Loidl included reducing your speed by braking gently, not overcompensating for wheel slip, allowing the ABS system to do its job, and being aware of what’s ahead of you as to not get into trouble in the first place. 

In the end, Loidl maintained that no matter how much technology your vehicle may have on board — and the Discovery 4/LR4 vehicles used by the Journey of Discovery are certainly not lacking in that department — the driver is still the most important factor when it comes to safe winter travel. 

Stuck here in the “Frozen Tundra” of Wisconsin, we couldn’t agree more. 


Journey of Discovery in Austria Snow Driving

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March 16, 2012


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