Save the date – we’re planning a Street Survival event in June this year on the parking lot at Iowa Speedway in Newton. Plans are to hold this one on Sunday, June 8 – but stay tuned, as at this writing we are still nailing down the final details with the track.
www.streetsurvival.org is the place to register that 15-21 year-old driver in your family. Parents and grandparents, this is one of the best gifts you can give your teen. Look for the Schedule/Registration tab on that site. We’ll have more about the event in the next NewsWerks and on our website as well. You can also check it out on Facebook – go to Tire Rack Street Survival Iowa to see pictures and comments from recent schools here.
We always need volunteers for event staff as well. Please contact event chairman Fred Bell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or registrar Becky Brighton (email@example.com), or look for our staff
registration page on www.motorsportreg.com.
Registration should go live in early March. Not sure how you can contribute? – just call or email us about where you can serve. Street Survival is a great public service that our chapter provides to the community, and you’ll even get a free shirt and lunch for helping out!
Every year in the September issue, we promote the upcoming local school of the Tire Rack® Street Survival teen driving safety course. For 2012, we have TWO schools happening in our area.
On September 30 at Southeast Polk Junior High, we’ll be working again with the Des Moines Valley SCCA folks to do our seventh school in central Iowa. And on Oct. 7, at Bettendorf High School, we are hosting the inaugural school in the Quad-Cities! Our club is being assisted on this one by Great River Region SCCA and Porsche Club of America members.
Street Survival is a great way for teens to learn a lot more about car control and accident avoidance than they ever saw in driver’s education. The course is aimed at ages 15-21; students must either have a driver’s license or have held a learner’s permit for at least half of the period required before licensing by the state of issue. Check out www.streetsurvival.org for more information about the course. The site includes a very good video showing how the training is done in the student’s car by a trained instructor on a closed course. Students learn what it feels like when the car is about to lose traction, and learn how to avoid or correct from such situations. It’s always an excellent prep for winter driving in Iowa.
Registration is on the Street Survival website for both events. For local information, contacts are registrars Rick Talbot in the Des Moines area (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Chuck Gipson in the Quad-Cities (email@example.com).
As always, we need your help in two ways: putting out the word to parents of potential students, and as volunteers at the events. Please contact friends, family, and co-workers who have young drivers in their households – the life you save may be theirs! And if you are interested in instructing or being a volunteer worker at the event, please contact the local registrar. This is a very worthwhile program, and the huge effort that it takes from club volunteers is more than repaid in the service we provide to our communities.