Tire Rack has joined with the non-profit BMW CCA Foundation to bring the Tire Rack Street Survival teen driving program to the nation. Through the volunteer efforts of members of the BMW Car Club of America, the Sports Car Club of America, the Mercedes-Benz Club of America and the Porsche Club of America as well as other automotive enthusiasts who serve as the personal coach with each teen, over 85 schools will be held across the U.S. this year.
It’s about more than DRIVING. It’s about LIVING!
The school’s aim is to reduce deadly car crashes involving teenagers by providing them a controlled setting where they can gain invaluable experience in car control, all with a knowledgeable coach always at their side helping them to understand how important experience is over guessing when the unexpected happens on the road. The volunteers donate their time and talents to help our most valuable resource – our youth. Students will gain experience that will allow them to make educated decisions when driving, rather than guessing what to do. This class could be a factor of life or death for the drivers, their passengers and others on the road. Licensed or permitted drivers ages 15-21 are allowed to participate in the school.
What to Expect?
- Primary emphasis of the school is a “hands-on” driving experience in real-world situations.
- Driving is done in the student’s own car to teach him/her about its handling limits and how to control them.
- Qualified coaches are in the car with the student throughout the entire day.
- The course is partially wet down to allow the student to experience “mistakes” at a very slow speed. In this class, mistakes are learning experiences.
- Challenging driving courses are created in a controlled area to allow the student to experience abnormal car behavior and then teach him/her how to handle the new situation.
- This is not a course for learning how to drive at high speeds. Safety and car control are the objectives.
- The driver must be a minimum of 15 years old (regardless of the minimum age for the state issuing the permit) and have had a permit for a minimum of ½ the time required by the state holding jurisdiction over that permit, (not the state that the school is located in) i.e. if the permit must be held for 6 months before the driver can take their driving test, then the student must have had the permit a minimum of 3 months.
For detailed information, school calendar/locations, rules and example course visit Streetsurvival.org.