Street Survival Driving Program teaches teens and young adults defensive driving skills


NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – On Saturday, licensed and licensed drivers aged 15-21 got behind the wheel and got real driving experience, courtesy of Tire Racks Street Survival.

James George, Tire Rack Street Survival Instructor, explains that the program “takes teenage students, puts them in a car to experiment with defensive driving techniques.”

“They’re experimenting with ABS braking, they’re experimenting with how to drive a car in extreme conditions so that it simulates if something is flying in front of them on the road, how to change on the freeway, gets them into some kind of these unusual circumstances that we do. live everyday, ”says George.

The Street Survival program comes to Charleston at least once a year, however, the national organization plans events across the United States.

Organizers say recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that nearly 4,000 young people between the ages of 15 and 20 are involved in fatal car crashes each year in the United States.

“I’ve been doing this for about five years now, I’m very attached to it, the students I’ve taught in the past have responded a lot. [about] how it made them safer, how it kept them from having an accident, ”says George.

Students with different driving experiences were welcome to attend the class – whether they are just learning to drive defensively, or if they have been in a car accident before and want to learn better control of the road. car to avoid accidents in the future.

“[We’ve] taken a wide variety of backgrounds and helping influence these people to make them safer on the streets because we all know we would all like to have safer drivers, ”said George.

The organization’s website features upcoming driving events for those interested in an area closest to them.

“A lot of it gives kids first-hand experience, a lot of drivers are new drivers – they don’t have a lot of experience, it gives them a lot of experience in a short time that they can then apply in the streets, ”says George.

“We do everything in a safe environment so that when they make mistakes, they do it here where they can be done safely instead of on the streets where it could possibly cause an accident.”


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