Photos by Shawn Nowlin
Student drivers learn critical defensive driving skills.


Classroom instructor Anthony Adams.

Over the course of the six-hour day, which began at 8 a.m., students between the ages of 15 and 21 participated in two hours of classroom instruction and two hours of driving exercises. Breakfast, as well as lunch, was provided. A valid driver’s license was the only thing needed for students to participate.

With an instructor in the front seat, student drivers simulated actual life situations in their own cars. To avoid any accidents, holding the training in a controlled area such as a parking lot versus the highway made the most sense for everyone involved.

Scott Donaldson is an event coordinator for the BMW Car Club of America. His responsibilities include working with different Tire Rack Street officials throughout the country and helping teens gain confidence behind the wheel.

“Every year, approximately 5,000 teens are killed in accidents related to teen drivers. Nearly 90 percent of teen drivers will be involved in an accident during their first three years of driving,” he said. “The Tire Rack Street Survival Program was started…

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