Posted on December 02 2016
Splurge Fridays: Indulge in a Master Maserati Driving Course By Tamu McPherson
If I asked you to guess, would you say that I was a
a) Excellent driver
b) Good driver; or
c) It would be safer for everyone, if I avoided stepping behind the wheel.
Well, I would say that I’m a pretty average driver. When I was 18, I drove a bit crazy, like a bat out of hell to be precise. My need for speed waned one night during a torrential downpour. I was traveling westbound on New York’s I-287 on my way home from a date with an ex when I sailed through the biggest puddle I’ve every come across (it was probably a sign, the relationship went downhill shortly after). My car was totally submerged and visibility of my surroundings non-existent. I waited for death, but two big, bright headlights attached to a tractor trailer illuminated my path to safety. I’ve been light on the gas ever since.
Then there was the time that my husband “encouraged” me to drive our 5-month-old chubby-kin to St. Moritz, Switzerland. It was one of my first times driving in Europe and it was a harrowing, migraine-inducing experience. There are no less than 10 tunnels on the route from Milan, and once you enter Switzerland, you are required to climb the snaking Maloja pass to arrive in the Engadin Valley. It’s been 8.5 years since that first experience, but I still feel a bit of anxiety whenever I have to drive there.
To get over the dent in my confidence that I suffered on that stormy night back in NY, and to render the drive to St. Moritz less stressful, I jumped at the opportunity to participate in a Master Maserati Driving course this past October at the Varano de’ Melegari circuit which is located near Parma.
Also, I have to admit that I am a bit of a sucker for fast cars. I always imagine myself driving along a beautiful coast line (Genova – St. Tropez or California Route 1). So naturally, the idea of learning how to properly drive one really got my attention.
The Master Maserati Driving courses hone the driving skills and style of participants, enabling them to get the most out of the brand’s various models. They emphasize safety, technique, and permit drivers to experience the maximum performance of these extremely exclusive and luxurious vehicles.
Even if you aren’t fortunate enough to own one of these beauties, enrolling in one of the master classes will prepare you to handle a variety of potentially dangerous situations that can arise while driving.
All of the courses are divided into theory and practice sections and can be custom tailored to meet your objectives. There are only 24 students per course and they are broken into groups and cycle between the theory and practice sections. The practice section instructs you on how to navigate a race car circuit, and focuses on control of the vehicle at high speeds, on how to properly navigate turns, on how to the handle the vehicle when you are in a high skid situation and on various off-road techniques. Guests are accompanied by highly skilled instructors who are former or current F1, Rally, DTM and Indy racers. The duration of the courses range between one and two days.
I participated in the Master Levante course which prepares you to drive the brand’s new Levante SUV. Head over to Master Maserati Driving Courses to find out more about all of the courses. The holidays are right around the corner. Treating yourself, or a loved one, to better driving skills could be the perfect gift.
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