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The slalom might be the simplest of vehicle dynamics tests, but it's also one of the most engaging: you'll have to control not just your hands, feet, and eyes, but also judge the maximum speed at which the car can execute transitions from maximal grip in one direction to the other.
The instructors again offer feedback after each run. You'll get multiple passes down the slalom and back, working hard to balance the car through the 45-50 mph transitions without spinning, inducing understeer, or otherwise toppling a cone. Smoothness and planning are the keys here, and you'll need both when you move on to the full road course, so paying attention on the slalom can reap huge benefits quickly.
This element is also only done on the second day, after you've gotten a feel for driving at the limit.