TEEN DRIVERS

The SCCA Foundation provides financial and operational support for the TireRack Street Survival program. The TireRack Street Survival school is a safe teen driving program designed to go beyond today’s required driver education and give teens across the U.S. the driving tools and hands-on experience they need to become safer, smarter drivers.

According to the CDC, in 2015 some 2,333 teens between 16 – 19 were killed and 235,845 were treated in emergency rooms for injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes. That’s six teens dying every day from motor vehicle accidents.  A leading risk factor is that as a result of inexperience behind the wheel, teens are more likely than older drivers to underestimate dangerous situations and to make critical decisions errors that lead to serious crashes. We are working to provide critical behind-the-wheel experiences and training to help today’s teen drivers avoid becoming part of these statistics.

The SCCA Foundation works with local SCCA Regions to provide trained in-car driving instructors as well as valuable classroom experience for each teen driver.  The Foundation provides the instructional workbooks, instructor and volunteer shirts, and other materials needed to host a successful program. We also provide financial support as needed toward site rental or other expenses.

The Foundation also funds the SCCA National Coordinator for TireRack Street Survival. The TRSS Coordinator actively recruits SCCA Regions to host new schools, supports the steps needed to open registration and market the events, and provides other logistical support to ensure each school is a success for the hosting SCCA Region and the teen drivers. Our thanks to Scott Dobler II for serving in this capacity.

For more information about this program, please contact Scott at StreetSurvival@scca.com.

Testimonials

  • OK folks, it’s official. The Street Survival program is the best! My son participated in the program staffed by Philly SCCA club members last spring. Today it paid huge dividends. He was driving home from trombone lessons with a fellow class mate in the front passenger seat. On a local two lane county road, he noticed that the minivan in front of him was turning left and slowed to give it room. As the van turned, it was broadsided by a small Pontiac traveling at a high rate of speed from the oncoming lane. The car veered directly toward our son, on a head-on collision path with his car. He calmly performed a lane change, which he practiced as part of the Street Survival program. He also happened to be driving the same car today that he drove in the Street Survival program. He avoided a head on collision, drove through the debris in the oncoming lane and traveled to a safe location to ensure his tires were ok. He then returned to the scene of the accident to provide his contact info to police as a witness, not a part of the collision. Another Street Survival success story! Thank you to all the SCCA volunteers that make this program possible.–- Anonymous -

  • My son enjoyed the day so much. He’s had his permit for over a year now. He just had no interest in taking the time or wanting to listen to anyone to obtain his license. But after the first course on Sunday, he was a different kid. He was even first in line with the car to do the next course. Which is TOTALLY out of character for him. And even asked to drive home. We were 3 hours away from home. So, thank you and everyone else for taking the time to work with the kids. I think every teenager should have to go through a class like yours.–- Anonymous -

  • I just wanted to compliment you, the people in who put this on in Joliet, and the program sponsors for supporting this. This was a great program. The classroom stuff explaining about the physics of a vehicle and its interaction with the road was great. I was able to have a conversation with my daughter about it on the way home and she got it! The actual time behind the wheel was really good as well. My daughter even complained that she burned a lot of gas during the program. On the flip side she really enjoyed herself, and has been talking it up with friends…The opportunity to find out how you can avoid a problem is priceless. I had to learn the hard way by running into another vehicle.–- Anonymous -

  • I just wanted to compliment you, the people in who put this on in Joliet, and the program sponsors for supporting this. This was a great program. The classroom stuff explaining about the physics of a vehicle and its interaction with the road was great. I was able to have a conversation with my daughter about it on the way home and she got it! The actual time behind the wheel was really good as well. My daughter even complained that she burned a lot of gas during the program. On the flip side she really enjoyed herself, and has been talking it up with friends…The opportunity to find out how you can avoid a problem is priceless. I had to learn the hard way by running into another vehicle.–- Anonymous -

  • I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the Tire Rack Street Survival program. My granddaughter and I attended the October class at Coca Cola Park in Allentown, PA. Having her spend that much time actually handling the vehicle in real life situations was invaluable. Her instructor was great and very patient with her. And the classroom information was spectacularly on point. This program gives us (the adults in our children’s and grandchildren’s lives) such peace of mind.–- Anonymous -