The goals of the Tire Rack Street Survival program are to teach students some of the basics of car control, to enhance their enjoyment of driving and to improve their competence as drivers. We want the students to understand how their actions govern a car’s responses, and as a result to become safer, more effective drivers on the road.
The students will become more observant of the traffic situation they find themselves in. They will learn to look far enough ahead to anticipate unwise actions of other drivers. As the students master the application of physics to drive their cars, they will make fewer unwise driving actions themselves. They will understand why they should always wear their own seatbelts, and why they should insist that their passengers wear seatbelts, too.
Students will learn how to properly use their own cars based on the physics of car control. They will learn how their cars feel and sound just before and as they exceed the limits of tire adhesion in a controlled situation, helping them to avoid accidents in actual everyday driving situations where they might experience problems.
During the event, students will maneuver their cars through exercises laid out using orange traffic safety cones in a closed parking lot. They will experience each exercise element several times, in order to learn from their mistakes and to improve their skills. A trained driving coach will accompany each driver to provide real-time feedback while performing maneuvers. There is no stopwatch, nor head-to-head competition with other cars. The students are here to improve their skills, not to compare themselves with someone else.
The exercise elements are laid out in advance by the event chairman and are designed to be fun, safe, challenging and educational. Each element will teach the students a specific skill or group of skills. Safety is Our Prime Concern!
Note: Student Driver Permit Requirements: Permitted drivers will be allowed in the Street Survival program if:
All conditions of the permit can be met in a safe manner, i.e. if the permit requires a licensed driver in the car at all times. These state requirements are intended for driving on public roads. All of our schools do NOT drive on public roads so this requirement does not apply. BUT a coach will be in the car with the students whenever they are behind the wheel. If a parent is required to be in the car in addition to this, then this student will not be allowed as it would require a passenger in the back seat of the car and that is considered too hazardous for the exercises in the school, and some times it is physically impossible.
The driver must have had their 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. We strongly suggest a minimum of 25 hours behind the wheel before taking the school.
The intent in this requirement is to be sure that the student has a lot of seat time in the car and for them to be as comfortable as possible.
We are not teaching them how to drive….. we are teaching them to drive better.
Many of the exercises have them doing things in a car that a new driver can become easily intimidated.
We suggest that new permitted drivers plan on returning in a year to take the course again after they get more experience.