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Street Survival -
It's About Living
By Jack Raymond | Photos by Jaclyn Heck
Yee-haw, ride that pony car!
By Jack Raymond | Photos by Jaclyn Heck
O
n September 19, 2021, NCC hosted Tire Rack Street Survival (TRSS) at
Summit Point Motorsports Park in West Virginia. This year's event was
our first at Summit Point.
What is Street Survival? It's a car control clinic for teens. Car crashes
(don't call them " accidents " - most car crashes are entirely avoidable) are one
of the leading causes of death for teens in the U.S. Street Survival's goal is to
teach teen drivers the car control skills, and more importantly, the
situational awareness and judgement, to keep them safe. One of my favorite
Street Survival quotes is " it's about more than driving; it's about living. "
What does Street Survival consist of? It's a combination of classroom
knowledge and in-car exercises in a controlled environment, typically a large
parking lot rented for the event. We teach applied physics: vehicle dynamics,
weight transfer, transitions, recovery from understeer and oversteer.
We teach transformative skills such as looking ahead, thinking ahead, anticipating,
and the importance of refusing distractions, like texting, while
driving. Try maneuvering around the skid pad while answering your smartphone:
it can't be done well.
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All in-car exercises include in-car coaches, most of whom come from the
autocross and HPDE (High-Performance Driving Experience) communities.
Students drive their own cars, since their own cars are what they need to learn
to control. The morning exercises consist of learning ABS braking and braking
while turning, recovery from understeer on the skidpad, and managing weight
transfer / vehicle transitions in a slalom. The afternoon exercises consist of
emergency lane change maneuvers, more skidpad practice and a mini course
(don't call it autocross!) that combines all the skills the students have learned.
When the students arrive in the morning, the look on their faces says " my
parents dragged me out of bed at 6 a.m. to come to this thing. " By the end of
the day, they're saying " wow, this blows Drivers' Ed away! " One of the most
gratifying experiences for a Street Survival coach, volunteer, or organizer is
seeing the smiles on our students' faces as they begin having those light bulb,
epiphany moments, learning to better control their cars. Parents send feedback
to TRSS all the time expressing how the clinic transformed their
teenagers' driving and started them on the road to becoming more confident,
more competent drivers.
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