The primary emphasis of the Tire Rack Street Survival School is a hands-on driving experience in real-world situations. We use students’ own cars to teach them about handling limits and how to control the vehicle’s dynamics. This is not a timed or competitive event; it’s not racing. Students will learn to become more observant of the traffic situations they find themselves in, and they will learn to look far enough ahead to anticipate and react to the unwise actions of other drivers.
As the students learn the application of physics as it relates to driving their cars, they will make fewer unwise driving decisions themselves. They will understand why they should always wear their seatbelt, and why they should insist that their passengers wear seatbelts, too. After a view from the cockpit of a tractor-trailer, they’ll learn why not to tailgate.
It’s about more than driving — it’s about living. For more information about the Tire Rack Street Survival program, visit here.
WNYT, the local NBC TV affiliate, recently gave us TV coverage during their local newscast of our August 17th, 2013 Street Survival event.
If you’re looking to sign-up as an instructor, check patroon.motorsportreg.com
- How long does a Street Survival school last?
This is a one-day Saturday class starting early in the morning and ending in the afternoon.
- How much is the course?
$75 per student.
- What is the age limit to participate in a Street Survival?
Licensed or permitted drivers ages 15-21 are allowed in the program.
MoHud Street Survival Event Info
It is our goal to hold two events annually. MoHud SCCA and Patroon Chapter of BMWCCA held a successful event on June 15, 2013, and we have another class scheduled for August 17, 2013. We’re also planning to hold a similar event for parents scheduled for September 21, 2013.
- Saturday, August 17, 2013 — Fortitech, Rudy Chase Drive, Glenville, N.Y.
- Street Survival informational flyer
Course volunteers are needed to help reset cones, direct traffic, etc. Please contact Jim Bucci (firstname.lastname@example.org or 944-4371) if you are willing to help.
Students are needed. If you know of a teen driver, please tell them about Tire Rack Street Survival, direct them to www.streetsurvival.org where they can find more information and register for our August event, or give them our informational flyer.
How big is the problem? (CDC factsheet)
- The leading cause of death among 13-19 year olds in the US is from motor vehicle crashes.
- Sixty-two percent of teenage passenger deaths in 2004 occurred in vehicles driven by another teenager.
- Teenagers cause 2.5 million accidents per year.
- In 2007 that resulted in over 6,000 deaths of teens.
To address this national issue, the Tire Rack Street Survival teen driving school was first developed by the BMW Car Club of America (BMWCCA) and the BMWCCA Foundation in 2002. The programs have expanded to most major communities and are now conducted as well by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) regions with support from the SCCA Foundation.
The registration fee of $75.00 provides students with experienced instructors who safely guide students through a day of behind the wheel instruction and short classroom sessions. Driving skill courses are specifically designed to mimic every day driving hazards, obstacles, and challenges. Students will use the vehicles the student driver is most familiar with, which is usually their family or personal car, truck, or SUV.
Parents are urged to talk to their teen drivers about the advantages of attending this one day program. (Most in fact come because of parental mandate, but leave happy to have attended, and, more importantly, hopefully safer drivers.) Eligible students are 15 to 21 years old and hold a valid unrestricted driver’s license or a valid permit. Students should have some driving experience and parents should make plans to attend the programs along with their teens.
Write-up from MoHud’s first Street Survival in Sept. 2011
“The Tire Rack Street Survival program hosted on September 17th as a joint venture between MoHud SCCA and Patroon BMWCCA was a resounding success. The event was held at the Fortitech warehouse facility just off the grounds of the Schenectady County Airport in Glenville.
When planning started for our TRSS program around 90 days ago, I was encouraged that there was tremendous support from both the MoHud and Patroon communities and that we had so many capable volunteers who ended up making the event the success that it was.”