If we were to fall through the ice, the Swedish instructor said, we should flash our lights so that people on the shore would be able to see us.
It took everyone a moment to realize he was kidding.
If you’ve never driven on a frozen lake before, it’s a bizarre experience. The trees part before you and you edge your tires onto the ice like dipping your toes into the cold water before taking the plunge. You look up and realize that there is nothing at all to hit.
It’s an interesting experience, but frozen lakes aren’t really part of most people’s daily driving routines. Arguably, Volvo’s choice to show off how the 2017 V90 Cross Country wagons performed under near-zero traction conditions here, of all places, didn’t really make much sense. A frozen lake seemed more like an extreme case test to me, but I suppose if you’re going to see what a car is like at its limit, you might as well swing for the extreme.