Safe Driving: Pushing A Car’s Limits Teaches Safety

By: Marcie Kobriger Email
By: Marcie Kobriger Email

Can you imagine telling your teenage driver to go faster?

That is what a group of young drivers experienced Sunday at Tire Rack.

They pushed it to the limit, to become better drivers.

Instead of focusing on the rules and regulations of the road, Tire Rack's street survival course teaches drivers aged 16 to 21 the skills they need to stay alive on the streets.

Matt Edmonds, Vice President, Tire Rack said, “Teens are more concerned about how am I going to Parallel Park when I get my license, than how am I going to handle my vehicle.

Bryan Hunter one of the on looking parents said, “Drivers Ed teaches you all the things your not supposed to do, it does not let you experience what the car feels like dynamically.”

The course gives the drivers a chance to actually feel the limits of their vehicle.

“The limits of traction, of the tires, of the vehicles suspension, what its capable of doing, the brakes and of the drivers skill levels their limits as well,” said Woody Rogers, Product Information Specialist, Tire Rack.

Unlike day to day driving, speed limits and the normal rules of the road did not apply at the track.

Drivers were encouraged to make mistakes, and learn from them.

Tyler Meyers 18 years-old said, “It is fun. You get to go fast and you get to brake hard. Like a couple miles an hour can change life or death, and you learn that here.”

Edmonds also said, “It not only makes them safer, it make their passengers safer, it makes all of us safer that share the road with them.”

Street survival is a nationwide driver education program.

There will be two more courses in South Bend this summer.

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