Car crashes are the number one killer of teens in America, depleting our most precious resource and hopes for the future. Each year more than 5,000 youths age 15-20 are involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes and 196,000 are injured nationwide, mainly because of driver error. To reduce that number, the national non-profit Tire Rack Street Survival® driver education program, now celebrating a decade teaching young drivers to "arrive alive," works with local communities, veteran IndyCar driver Scott Goodyear and driving enthusiasts nationwide to give young drivers the skills and experience needed to reduce these staggering statistics.
As funding for high school driver education programs continues to dwindle, this program is made available to teach teens and young adults how their actions govern a car's response, what their vehicle's limitations are and how to avoid accidents entirely. The program even caught the eye of IndyCar driver Scott Goodyear, who enrolled his son in a Tire Rack Street Survival course near their hometown of Carmel, Indiana. "I firmly believe Tire Rack Street Survival is best in giving young drivers valuable experience behind the wheel," said Goodyear. "The first time a young driver feels their car sliding, they're on their way to an accident."
Students drive their own vehicles in order to translate their daily driving experiences and are supervised under the watchful eyes of experienced, knowledgeable driving coaches. The hands-on experience gained in real-world driving situations is key to reducing the number of tragedies on our roads.
One-day classes are typically held on weekends and are open to permitted and licensed drivers between the ages of 15 and 21. Take a look at the current schedule to find a school in your area.
"We're trying to make the roads safer for everyone," said Bill Wade, national program manager, Tire Rack Street Survival. "For the sake of the next generation, we're asking local communities to host a Tire Rack Street Survival program of their own." Besides the use of a large parking lot at a school, stadium or shopping center, no special equipment is required. Community leaders or concerned parents interested in locating, hosting or requesting a Tire Rack Street Survival school in their area can get more information here.