Until this week I’ve never been completely sold on the need for the electronic gimmickry – ESP, DSC, ASTC, TSC, call it what you will – that steps in and holds our hands when the roadgoing gets tough.

My Luddite-like distrust isn't an all-encompassing one, because clearly anti-lock brakes, to pick one example, have been an effective and logical safety development.

In fact, I’ve warmed to the potential of driver aids. In deepest Finland yesterday I discovered a new respect for our cars’ electronic trickery (while at the same time uncovering a previously untapped level of incompetence to my driving).

I was taking part in Land Rover’s Nordic Adventure, which involved driving in a convoy of Evoques, Range Rovers and Range Rover Sports through the beautiful snow-covered Finnish countryside to an ice field near Pukinpellontie, a small and brilliantly named settlement about 65 miles north of Helsinki.