This past Saturday I was lucky enough to be a part of the Tire Rack Street Survival Program. From there website ”The Tire Rack Street Survival® school is a safe teen program designed to go beyond today’s required driver’s education and give teens across the U.S. the driving tools and hands-on experience to become safer, smarter drivers. Trained and qualified in-car driving instructors as well as classroom experience for each student.”
I was contacted by Jake Fisher, a fellow racer and lead auto tester at Consumer Reports to help out as an instructor. They used licensed race car drivers as the instructors.
It was a very interesting and rewarding day! When asked in the morning meeting how many of the kids wanted to come, not one rased there hand!! It was to be an interesting day! We worked with each of the students on braking, cornering during braking, a slalom course to teach them how to look ahead and high speed avoidance. In between the hands on track time they had classroom lectures.
This was a volenter only program for the instructors and many workers. It was great to see so many folks give up there Saturday to help teach these young students!!
By the end of the day, every student there was grining from ear to ear and each walked away a more knowledgable driver. Time well spent!!
Thanks Jake for the opportunity to touch so many lives!
Here is some coverage of the event http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-teen-driving-0501-20110430,0,2661593.story