by Larry Engel
The New Jersey Chapter will once again be hosting two Tire Rack Street Survival schools at Campgaw Reservation in Mahwah this year.
Street Survival is a program of the BMW CCA Foundation and is intended to build the driving skills of drivers age 16-21. Participants must have a driver’s permit or license. It combines on-course activities designed to simulate unexpected driving situations like panic braking, emergency lane change, wet skid pad, and others with classroom sessions to reinforce the skills and encourage a safe mindset in new drivers. Students are encouraged to use the car they normally drive. Cost is $95 per student.
This year the schools will be held on Sunday, June 28 and Sunday, September 27. Registration for the June school will open in late April and September registration opens in late July. (For participants observing Yom Kippur, the September school’s official program will end by 3:30.) We will announce the opening of registration for both schools on our website and Facebook page. Registration will be on the http://streetsurvival.org website. Our schools sell out quickly, so don’t delay registration if you have a student.
Anyone interested in becoming a coach can take the “become a coach” training on the Street Survival website. It takes under an hour. Anyone with significant HPDE or autocross experience is qualified to coach once they take the training course. Please let us know when you take the training course by emailing your training certificate or confirming email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The primary emphasis of Tire Rack Street Survival is a “hands-on” driving experience in real-world situations! We use your own car to teach you about its handling limits and how you can control them.
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 seat-belts, and why they should insist that their passengers wear seat-belts, too!