My son, who (as is the case with all of my family) learned to drive in all seasons, here, up north, was kind of dumbfounded by what drivers did (or, maybe better) knew that they couldn't do, after he moved down to North Carolina..
LOL, my auntie who's from Chicago (CheeKAH-gee) was amazed at the lack of inclement weather driving skills in Hawai'i. But at same time she was surprised at the skills of those who drift cars a lot. I told her that we practice drifting a lot. However, most of us have NO idea how it'd transfer to driving on ice/snow.
Nor did we ever 'bend a fender.'
No Fender-benders? Good, yer Strats and Teles thanks ye, LOL! Seriously tho, that's respectable, few can claim that in Hawai'i. I for myself have been in accidents, but all of them were not my fault. They're all a case of being in the wromg place at wrong time. That's why I prefer driving at nights...less people out on the roads.
Driving when traction is low is a true skill. Learning it once fear sets in would, I think, be very difficult.
I agree, on both counts. I learnt how to drift by slowly pushing the traction envelope. Take a bend at 5 mph faster. Then 5 more. Then 5 more. If it gets freaky, back down 3 mph and practice it. Then push up in 3 mph increments. There is a S-bend freeway on ramp with a 35 mph limit. I eventually got my speed up to about 80 mph there, 59 when wet, taking those bends sideways.
But the skills remain. They are now instinct. Knowing how to "read" traffic and the road itself. How does oe learn such as an adult? Through books?
Only one way to learn physical skills. By doing them. It's same with guitar playing. Ye learn by practicing and learn new stuff by exploring different ways of playing and practicing that.
Reading the road and occupants thereon is like a psychological chess game. I did notice that what one picks up in one area doesn't necessarily work in a different area! You Mainland drivers reads VERY differently from Hawai'i drivers. The NYC drivers are so different that I now refuse to drive there, but then I refuse to druve in Waikiki too: same reasons, too stressful!