Tire Rack Street Survival® teen driver safety program is coming to the Salem Civic Center on Saturday, May 4, from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, to stop the #1 killer of teens.
Car crashes are the leading killer of American teens from ages 15 – 20, with more than 5,000 teens involved in a fatal crash each year and an additional 196,000 injured. Simple driving errors, avoidable but common among inexperienced teens, cause the majority of fatal accidents.
Tire Rack Street Survival® is a national driver’s education program that teaches teens the skills they need to stay alive behind the wheel. Unlike traditional driver’s education programs based on classroom theory and simple maneuvers, the Tire Rack Street Survival® program improves driver competence through hands-on experiences in real-world driving situations.
Students will receive a short classroom session and then learn, hands-on, how to manage everyday driving hazards, obstacles and challenges in a controlled environment on an advanced driving course to ultimately ‘arrive alive.’
Students learn emergency braking and skid control, how to control proper braking, and how to avoid accidents entirely. In select schools, in addition to spending time in the driver’s seat of parked 18-wheeler to fully comprehend its massive blind spots, teenagers witness the violent detonation of an air bag, which reinforces proper hand placement on the steering wheel.
Students are taught in their own cars, not specially prepared program vehicles, so the skills they learn can be directly translated to their daily driving experiences. Tire Rack Street Survival® challenges teenagers to understand how to control a vehicle, rather than just operate one.
Tire Rack Street Survival® is open to licensed and permitted drivers ages 15 – 21. Forms, schedules and more information can be found online at www.streetsurvival.org. The cost is $75 per student and some insurance companies offer premium discounts to graduates.
The program is entering its 11th year having trained 10,000 new drivers. 93 schools were completed last year and the goal for 2013 is over 100 nationally. To view video of the program, please visit http://streetsurvival.org//. To view pictures from past schools, please visit http://streetsurvival.org/about-street-survival/photo-gallery/.
- Submitted by Tire Rack Street Survival