Street Survival


NJ BMWCCA Club Sponsor

The New Jersey Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America conducts its Tire Rack Street Survival Schools at Campgaw Reservation in Mahwah.

Tire Rack Street Survival teaches young drivers how to react to real world driving emergencies and become better drivers by combining classroom instruction with behind the wheel simulations of unexpected driving conditions that require quick and correct action to avoid crashes. Students will learn how to build good judgement while driving, understand the limits of their vehicle, and use the vehicle’s safety systems to avoid crashes. Behind the wheel exercises develop proper responses that are frequently not what young drivers’ instincts tell them to do – but are the correct action to avoid trouble.

The school is open to all drivers ages 16-21 who hold a valid driver permit or license. For more
information and to register a student go to Current policy (BMW CCA National Policy) requires that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. Local staff does not control this policy, and it is subject to change. Updates can be found at in the events/Street Survival section. Schools are generally held locally in June and September. If you’re interested in coaching or have questions about the local schools, contact Larry Engel at

It’s more than driving – it’s about living!

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!

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