Reg Open for Teen Driving School

September 22, 2010

Registration for this event is to open NOW!. All permitted or licensed drivers age 15-21 can benefit from this. Spread the word and possbily help save the life of someone.

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October 30, 2010 at Gateway Raceway!
TireRack Teen Street Survival School
The St. Louis Region SCCA – October 30, 2010 – Gateway Raceway
Tire Rack has joined with SCCA and a non-profit Foundation to bring the Tire Rack Street Survival teen driving program to the nation. Through the volunteer efforts of members of the BMW Car Club of America, the Sports Car Club of America, the Mercedes-Benz Club of America and the Porsche Club of America as well as other automotive enthusiasts who serve as the personal coach with each teen, over 85 schools will be held across the U.S. this year.
It’s about more than DRIVING. It’s about LIVING!
The school’s aim is to reduce deadly car crashes involving teenagers by providing them a controlled setting where they can gain invaluable experience in car control, all with a knowledgeable coach always at their side helping them to understand how important experience is over guessing when the unexpected happens on the road. The volunteers gladly give of their time and talents to help our most valuable resource, young people, gain experience that will allow them to make educated decisions when driving, rather than guessing what to do and whether they, their passenger or others sharing the road with them, will live or die.

Licensed or permitted drivers ages 16-21 sign up now at

Primary emphasis of the school is a “hands-on” driving experience in real-world situations.
Driving is done in the student’s own car to teach him/her about its handling limits and how to control them.
Qualified coaches are in the car with the student throughout the entire day.
The course is wet down (in part) to allow the student to experience “mistakes” at a very slow speed. In this class, mistakes are learning experiences.
Challenging driving courses are created in a controlled area to allow the student to experience abnormal car behavior and then teach him/her how to handle the new situation.
This is not a course for learning how to drive at high speeds. Safety and car control are the objectives.

Requirements for the Car Being Brought to the Teen Safety School
1. The car must be in good mechanical condition and safe in the opinion of the instructor and there will be a brief safety inspection of the car before it is allowed to participate.
2. The car used at the event must be a legally registered, licensed and insured to participate. We will not accept any racecars or special use vehicles into the school.
3. The use of Nitrous Oxide will not be allowed in any vehicle so equipped. Our instructors will verify the bottle is turned off during the entire event.
4. No visible leaks of any kind.
5. The tires must have visible tread and not worn to or beyond the wear bars.
6. All four tires must have the recommended pressure as listed in the Owners manual for the car. Do NOT over inflate the tires past the recommended pressures. The pressures listed on the side wall of the tire is the MAXIMUM pressure, not the recommended pressure. [This is a good way for the parent to teach the teen how to fill the tires and to check them regularly].
7. The car, including the trunk, must be cleaned of all loose items before participating.
8. The battery must be secure
9. The spare tire must be secure
10. Have plenty of gas in the car for the day’s event
Suggestions for the Students Attending the School
1. Shoes must be closed toe, no sandals. We recommend running or tennis shoes
2. Hat, sunglasses, bug spray, sunscreen, rain gear, jeans or shorts are acceptable
3. Lunch will be provided by the school. Plenty of water.
4. Dress comfortably, plan on it being either hot or cold or wet and dress accordingly. Check the local weather report the night before the event, this suggestion is for the student’s comfort. The event goes on rain or shine.
5. Bring an open mind, with an attitude and willingness to learn.

Local School contacts are:
St. Louis Region SCCA TireRack Teen Street Survival School Event Chairman, Kevin Brown. He can be reached at 636-795-8001 or Assistant Chairman, Janice Rick 636-225-3236 
Frequently Asked Questions
The following are some answers to common questions you may have about the program. If you do not see an answer to a question you have, please contact us at or contact the local contact (see the bottom of this page for contact info)
How long do Tire Rack Street Survival® events last?
This is a one-day class. Class 8am – 5pm. Gateway Raceway on the infield is used as the location for the event.
How much is the course?
$75 per course, per person.
What is the minimum and maximum age a student can be to participate in a Tire Rack Street Survival® school?
Licensed or permitted drivers, ages 15 to 21 are allowed in the program.
What are the requirements of “permitted students”?
Permitted drivers will be allowed in the Tire Rack 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. 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 sometimes it is physically impossible.
The driver must be a minimum of 15 years old (regardless of the minimum age for the state issuing the permit) and have had a 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.

What if I drive an SUV or Truck?
SUV’s, pickup trucks and other High Center of Gravity vehicles (HVG’s) will need to be verified with the local organizer before being allowed to participate. Older HVG’s without electronic stability control (not just the electronic traction control) will not be accepted. HVG Vehicles with electronic stability control may still be limited with respect to the exercises in which they are allowed to participate.
Sport utility vehicles and pickups can prove to be poor choices for first-time drivers, especially small SUVs and trucks without four-wheel drive. Early models without traction and/or stability control have statistically proven to be unfortunate choices. These vehicles tend to be light in the rear and thus have a tendency to “fishtail” during panic stops or when the road is slick. Even with four-wheel drive, pickups and SUVs are less stable, take longer to stop, and are generally more dangerous for a new driver. Most are top heavy and can tip or roll over under severe maneuvers. Less-experienced drivers may be more likely to use abrupt steering motions, that can cause rollovers. Our goal is to conduct the safest and most rewarding experience for your teen driver. Look up the car safety score. There are a number of Web sites, where you can research the safety ratings a car has received. These include the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and
Please note that most older SUV and trucks are not rated the way cars are rated. These vehicles are not required to meet the same crash standards as a passenger car.
Does the Tire Rack Street Survival® school provide vehicles to use in the event?
Students need to arrive in their own vehicle, or the one that they most frequently drive on a daily basis.
Do students wear helmets?
No helmets are required at the schools. All exercises are low-speed events and coaches are in the student’s car at all times during these exercises.
Will I receive a discount from my auto insurance provider upon completion of a school?
Many auto insurance companies do recognize Tire Rack Street Survival® as an educational program that can count towards premium discounts. Check with your auto insurer to find out more information.
What is the registration fee refund policy?
Refunds will be issued for cancellations up to the Thursday before the event. You must contact the school registrar and/or the BMW CCA Foundation National Office no later than 5 PM EST on the Thursday before the scheduled school.
Refunds will not be issued for cancellations after Thursday or for no shows. We have volunteers set up and expecting to teach at the school and other students may have missed an opportunity to attend the school.

Local School contacts are:
St. Louis Region SCCA TireRack Teen Street Survival School Event Chairman, Kevin Brown. He can be reached at 636-795-8001 or Assistant Chairman, Janice Rick 636-225-3236

Watch for the special emails coming soon to sign up to be an instructor for this event!!!

Mark your calendar for one of the most important things the St. Louis Region is doing for our community!

Instructors will be needed and the call for the Pre Event Instructors Class will be announced. It will be just a few weeks before the event is held.
The Tire Rack Street Survival® Teen Driving School – Car control instruction designed to provide teen drivers with accident avoidance skills and knowledge. It’s not just about Driving, It’s about Living….

The leading cause of death among 13-19 year olds in the US is from a motor vehicle crash. 62% of teenage passenger deaths in 2004 occurred in vehicles driven by another teenager. Teenagers cause 2.5 million accidents per year. In 2007 that resulted in over 6,000 deaths of teens.

If you have a teen driver at home or know someone who does, then those sobering statistics should be of concern. Recent and well publicized national stories have brought to light the tragedy of teen injury and death caused by traffic accidents. The stories often mention how the teen driver “lost control and over-corrected…” causing a tragic accident of some kind.

The Tire Rack Street Survival® Teen Driving School will be a great community effort for the St. Louis Region, SCCA.

Chairnman for this event is Kevin Brown at

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