When her husband was stationed in Alaska, one woman had to relocate her family from Georgia. It was a long drive across a foreign country, made worse by travel restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Delays meant the family left later than expected, which put them right in the middle of the Canadian winter, driving their truck and towing a rented trailer with all their possessions through snow and ice. When it got to be too much, a stranger — who is also in the military — stepped in to help his own in the most incredible way.
We also speak to Wesley Irek, a lead instructor at the Road America racing circuit, where he teaches a number of high-performance driving classes, including winter driving. Wesley discusses safe winter driving techniques and provides tips on what to do if you’re caught in a blizzard or hit black ice.
For more tips on driving during winter weather, check our list of must-have items to keep in your car, as well as a guide of how OnStar can help keep you on the road. And if you just want some inspiration for a winter adventure, we’ve got ideas for getting out there this season.
Wes has been a Road America high-performance driving instructor for six years. He is an avid driving enthusiast, having owned Corvettes for over 11 years. Wes started his track driving with several trips to Spring Mountain driving schools. Since then, he has expanded into endurance racing and even TAG go-kart racing. At Road America, Wes instructs the winter, teen, and high-performance schools, as well as the Road America Track Days novice group.