On a grey December morning, we offered our clients useful training related to travel safety and driving practice on slippery roads at Premier Park in Porvoo, together with our partners Europcar and Air France–KLM.
Where did this theme came from? We in SMT know that most people tend to think that nothing can happen to them while travelling. However, today’s world requires even more anticipation, quick reactions and a new way of safety thinking from all of us. This applies equally well to driving to work and travelling abroad.
The main theme of our day was, nautrally, safety. We explained what every traveller and decision-maker needs to know about travel safety, and the top coaches from Premier Park talked about how every one of us can control their own stress levels in traffic. They also trained our clients in surviving real-life scenarios under slippery conditions, and in making sudden evasions, for example.
During the day, we were able to train control of the car in sudden circumstances and to discuss how the world has changed and how safety has become a more and more important aspect for business travel as well as for leaving home in general. As regards traffic safety, we learned that the driver’s attitude and good anticipation are the most important factors. It is also important to study your car’s features and their operation before setting off – and this applies to your own vehicle as well as rental cars.
Sanna Hult from the Finnish Ice Hockey Association, who participated in the event, said that the invitation came at just the right time. “The event was fantastic and useful. It was fascinating to try different cars and to even notice some differences in their characteristics. It was also surprising to find how a small speed increase of 5 km/h made stopping more difficult and made the car more difficult to handle even at low speeds. It was a real eye-opener. It was also new to me that the steering wheel movements to be used when controlling the car are very small."
After a morning filled with educational content, we all had better #SnowHow. It really improved our grip on reality.