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Don't Slam On The Brakes! Driving In The Arctic

They've been learning to survive in subzero temperatures, now it's time to drive. The trouble is, that's not straight forward in the Arctic...

They've been learning to survive in subzero temperatures, now it's time to drive. 

The trouble is, that's not straightforward in the Arctic either - just getting around is something of a hazard with ice and snow hampering driving conditions. 

Fortunately, the Commando Helicopter Force have a solution.

Its drivers have been taking to a practice driving rink known as the 'skid pan'. There, they rehearse techniques meant to help them avoid serious collisions or loss of control.

All Norwegian nationals who drive must learn these skills for controlling a car on the ice – it's no different for the drivers of the Commando Helicopter Force, who are in Norway for Exercise Clockwork.

Commando Helicopter Force

Stopping distances can be four times what they would be in the UK, and taking corners can be equally dangerous. 

Only a small handful of drivers are qualified for driving in the conditions the Arctic present.

Without them, the exercise would quickly grind to a halt, making this kind of training essential:

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