Tire Rack Street Survival is returning to Portland International Raceway this Sunday, October 21. For $95, Street Survival puts teen drivers through a hands-on driving class where students learn how to govern a car's responses, what the limit of their vehicle is, and how to avoid crashes entirely.
The event coincides with National Teen Driver Safety Week designated at October 21-27 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to NHTSA, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens (15 to 18 years old) in the United States — ahead of all other types of injury, disease or violence. In 2015 there were 1,972 teen drivers of passenger vehicles involved in fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015. An estimated 99,000 teen passenger vehicle drivers were injured in motor vehicle crashes in that year.
"Street Survival teaches Vehicle Control Skills which for most drivers is what they learn through years of trial and error," said Bill Wade, National Program Director of Tire Rack Street Survival. "Unfortunately, we know what the errors lead to, and it's why Tire Rack Street Survival is so important. We offer students instruction in their own cars so that they learn the limitations of their 'daily drivers' and that information is transferred immediately to what they drive every day."
Tire Rack Street Survival has hosted over 1,000 courses nationwide and trained over 25,000 teenagers to become safer drivers. For more information about this weekend's event and Street Survival generally, visit http://streetsurvival.org/.
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