Deputies Hone Driving Skills with Skid Training

To an onlooker it may seem like a pleasant spring day, but to the officer behind this wheel the conditions aren't that great.

"Road conditions change. Weather conditions change," said Houston County Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Carlisle.

More than a dozen Houston County Sheriff's deputies are learning to adapt to those changes. They’re training on a skid car. It can mimic the feeling of driving on ice or hydroplaning.

“It gives the officer the opportunity to see how a car reacts in different situations. When a car does go into a skid it lets the see how the car reacts,” said Carlisle.

While most won't be hitting patches of ice in south Alabama, deputies say they also talked about distracted driving.

“You try not to get tunnel vision or tunnel hearing. Maybe when you're running code chasing a vehicle or trying to get to a hot call,” said Houston County Deputy Mike Stacey. “I'm not as good of a driver as I thought I was. Look at the bigger picture and try to look as far forward as you can when you're running code.”

Because officials say they can't help, if they can't get there.

This training is also helping save money. The sheriff's office will get a break on insurance premiums by having officers complete this course.

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