May 29, 2010


Ursula Hummel


A couple of months back, I got a letter from a reader. She'd been in a car collision three years ago, and had had her confidence trashed. It was getting worse and worse. She read my Yukon piece, and when she saw that I'd ditched the Smart Car with a logging truck coming at me, she wrote and asked if I could help her. She'd noted I said I had a bunch of advanced driver training.

A couple of weeks ago, Ursula and I spent the day at Ian Law's Advanced Driver Training School. She started out terrified; she ended the day with a huge smile. It was a great step forward, and the piece should be of interest to anyone who has experienced anything from hesitation to flat out fear getting back behind the wheel after an accident. Read the feature here; I'm really proud of Ursula.

If you've ever wondered what these sessions entail, here's a cool Youtube clip of Ursula going through the complete course at the end of the day. It was filmed by Bob & Shelley, two instructors from another school. If they email me, I'll put their school up!

Thanks to Ian and all his instructors, especially Candy Calder. And thanks to Ursula for being brave enough to grab this problem by the horns and do something about it. She's made herself a better driver.

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3 Comments:

Blogger FibCarver said...

Good on ya, Lorraine, for helping Ursula get back on track. Fabulously inspiring story!

May 30, 2010 10:20 PM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

This story is doubly inspiring for me as my wife suffered from panic attacks several years ago. There were times I'd have to drive out to Mississauga (horror of horrors) and pick her up as she just couldn't drive any further.

She is much better now but still struggles occasionally on the highway. I thought I just wanted the skid school for my two driving daughters but now I'm thinking Catherine would benefit from it too. Can we get a family discount?

June 01, 2010 1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just ask Lorraine, maybe she'll do a family field trip!

Roz

(sorry, I'm in a mood)

June 02, 2010 9:44 AM  

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