National Teen Driver Safety Week and Tire Rack’s Street Survival Program

tr3  Susan Frissell

 The National non-profit teen driving program is celebrating 11 years of teaching young drivers how to ‘arrive alive’ in communities across the U.S. Tire Rack has added 10 additional programs to its 2013 lineup during National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 20-26.

Tire Rack Street Survival, a national non-profit teen driving education program, is celebrating its 11th anniversary. In an effort to continue to combat teen driving fatalities in the U.S. during the nationally recognized week, Tire Rack Street Survival has completed to date, 70 Tire Rack Street Survival programs already in 2013. Additionally, there are 30 open for registration across the U.S.tr2

Kicking off National Teen Driver Safety Week will be two programs, held October 19 in Houston, Texas, and Port Orchard, Washington. There were also six programs across the country during that week in Gypsum, Colo.; Richmond, Va.; Geneva, Fla.; Joliet, Ill.; Topeka, Kan.; and Raleigh, N.C.

In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of teen driver education, Congress enacted National Teen Driver Safety Week (to take place the third week in October each year) in 2007. In 2011 alone, there were more than 5,000 young drivers (ages 15-20) involved in fatal car crashes. More than 1,900 teens lost their lives, and 180,000 were injured behind the wheeltr1. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this translates to a young driver being involved in a fatal car crash nearly every two hours in the U.S.

“The goal of the Tire Rack Street Survival program year-round, and especially during National Teen Driver Safety Week, is to save the lives of our young drivers by showing them firsthand how to control their vehicle in real-life driving scenarios,” said Bill Wade, national program manager, Tire Rack Street Survival.” Few teens are really prepared to get behind the wheel of an automobile, and many don’t realize the danger it can present.

The programs are conducted by local member volunteers from regional chapters of the BMW Car Club of America (BMW CCA), the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), Porsche Club of America (PCA) as well as other car clubs. Driving their own vehicles, students are supervised  by experienced driving coaches. Unlike traditional driver ed programs based on theory and simple maneuvers, Tire Rack Street Survival improves driver competence through hands-on experiences. Students learn emergency braking, skid control, how to correct oversteer and understeer situations, and how to avoid accidents by properly controlling their vehicle.

The Tire Rack Street Survival® is built on the premise that ‘safe driving is learned by doing. Drivers are taught to avoid accidents by thinking and looking ahead. Tire Rack Street Survival® is unique in that it offers students instruction in their own cars so that they learn the limitations of themselves in their everyday vehicle.

America’s largest independent tire tester and consumer-direct source for tires, wheels and performance accessories, Tire Rack is located in South Bend, IN. For those interested in learning more about Tire Rack’s Street Survival Program, call 502-649-4871.

 

 

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