Our Street survival event in Newton this Last May 18 was a resounding success. Our Thanks go to all the volunteers that help make this event take place. This was our first time at the Parking lot of the Newton Speedway. It turned out to be a fantastic place to hold an event of this nature. The weather was great too!
We had the students split into two groups so that one group was driving while the other was in class. In the classroom we were able to have a driving simulator set up so that the students could experience the consequence of distractions like cell phones etc, while in a safe environment. The Semi-truck was a big hit with the students as it really gave them a different perspective to see what the truck drivers can see from the cab of their trucks. Some students commented that they had no idea what it was like in a truck cab before and now know why a truck driver cannot always see them.
The majority of the comments we got back from the students focused around the fact that they all loved the driving time and wished there was more of it.
We had the students going around skid pads, running slaloms and testing their emergency stopping procedures. The Lane change and tail gating exercise really challenged some students that realized leaving a bit more space between other vehicles and driving a bit slower really is safer in some cases…
Overall it was a great day with students that all learned a lot and are now safer drivers.
Check out the great coverage we got from local TV station – Teens get street survival skills
Look for announcements about our Fall Street Survival event in future newsletters, or at our website.
Have a safe Summer
Jeff Daly | Driving Events Coordinator