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Street Survival – Coming up again in June!

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 (pastpresident@bmwia.org) or registrar Becky Brighton (streetsurvival@bmwia.org), 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!


Want to Make Your Teens Safer, Smarter Drivers?

What: Tire Rack Street Survival® teen safe driving program for drivers ages 15-21

Who: Presented by the SCCA Foundation, a 501(c) (3) public charity, in partnership with Iowa Chapter BMW Club and Des Moines Valley Region SCCA.

Where: Iowa Speedway parking lot, 3333 Rusty Wallace Drive, Newton, IA

Why: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that approximately 80% of accidents among teenage drivers are caused by driver error. The Street Survival program has been designed to provide teenagers with the skills needed to avoid costly mistakes.

Street Survival takes teens well beyond basic Driver’s Education classes. It teaches them driving techniques on how to avoid accidents before they happen.

With Iowa winters and Iowa country roads, it just makes sense to enroll your teen.

How: Street Survival is a unique hands-on driving experience that puts each student behind the wheel of his or her own car along with a trained instructor. After classroom discussion, students go out on course with their instructors to practice the exercises. The instruction takes place on a closed, wetted-down parking lot, so students experience emergency driving situations in a controlled environment. We teach accident avoidance, skid control, emergency braking, and many other driving skills. Students get to practice maneuvers many times over to gain skills and learn from their own mistakes in this intense one day class.

When: Sunday, Oct 6, 2013, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Cost: $75 fee – includes in-car training, lunch, and a free family membership provided by the Sports Car Club of America.

To register: Visit www.streetsurvival.org to register or contact registrar Becky Brighton at streetsurvival@bmwia.org for more information.

Registration deadline is Sep 30th, so hurry!

Spaces are limited. Register early!
www.streetsurvival.org



Street Survival Teen Driving School in Newton

When this NewsWerks lands in your box, there will be only about a week left to sign up for our new May version of the Tire Rack Street Survival teen driving clinic. At this writing we still have a few spots left, so don’t delay!
Go to www.streetsurvival.org, and 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. They may resist getting up early on a weekend morning for it – after all, they KNOW how to drive… But once they get there and start trying to do the car control exercises, they’ll see that there is a lot more to learn about driving skills and traffic awareness, and they’ll have fun learning it. By the afternoon, they’ll be thanking you for providing the opportunity!

We can use more event staff as well. If you haven’t already signed up, please contact Fred Bell (pastpresident@bmwia.org) or registrar Becky Brighton (streetsurvival@bmwia.org), or just go to our staff registration page on www.motorsportreg.com. 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!


Tire Rack Street Survival School

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.


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