Next GTA Street Survival Set for May 24

Register Today For This Valuable One-Day Driver Training

THE NEXT GTA STREET SURVIVAL SCHOOL, an extremely valuable one day of driving training for newer drivers, is coming up on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at the CAA Centre in Brampton.

If you know of any teenagers, nieces or nephews, grandkids or others who are rather new to driving, perhaps having driven for only 10 years or less but with experience that has progressed beyond the basic G1 licence, then this could be the best $95 ever spent, saving the life of a loved one.

Motor-vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teens and other drivers in their first 10 years of driving.

Some recent Street Survival School graduates rave:

  • “Excellent opportunity for new drivers to drive their car close to its limits.”
  • “Awesome, amazing course!”
  • “Such a fantastic day! It will make me a better driver for sure.”
  • “Excellent experience, a must-do for all drivers.”
  • “Great safe environment to figure out car limits.”

But our absolute favourite comments are when grads tell us they avoided a collision because of what they learned in this course.

This program goes beyond the curriculum taught by most learn-to-drive schools. It includes instruction in skid control on a slippery skid pad; lane change and crash avoidance manoeuvres; braking exercises; and a combination course where students learn about the benefits of distance vision and how to better manage weight transfer.

The Street Survival School has been running for 18 years in the USA and was started by the BMW CCA Foundation and is now sponsored by Tire Rack, Michelin and Enterprise car rental. There are more than 100 of these schools annually across North America. This program has been offered in the GTA as a community service since 2012 by the local Trillium BMW club with the support of PCA UCR. Since then, hundreds of local club members have volunteered their time to deliver this program that helps save the lives of nearly 500 local GTA graduates.

This one-day program delivers a mix of classroom theory and in-car driving exercises with dedicated coaches who are in the car with students at all times. The driving exercises are held at a private facility where everyone’s safety is the highest priority. It’s a full day of training that helps drivers become more confident and safer. This program goes beyond the curriculum taught by most learn-to-drive schools. It includes instruction in skid control on a slippery skid pad; lane change and crash avoidance manoeuvres; braking exercises; and a combination course where students learn about the benefits of distance vision and how to better manage weight transfer.

Lunchtime demos include the hazards of large transport trucks and the explosive nature of passenger safety air bags. The dangers of driver distractions are also explored, including the use of a radio, CD, iPod and, of course, cell phones for talking and texting. Students are given an opportunity, in a safe environment, to experience the negative effects of these distractions on their driving abilities.

The program is designed for drivers with up to 10 years of driving experience. It is open to anyone with a minimum G2 or full G license.  There is no need to be a member of the BMW or Porsche clubs. It is offered as a community service to everyone. And there is no need to have a BMW or Porsche for the day’s practical exercises, in fact it is better that students use the vehicles that they most often drive in the real world, in order to become more familiar with this car and its particular handling characteristics.

There are two ways to become involved — register a loved one or yourself to actually participate in Street Survival School, or volunteer to help at the event as many volunteers are required to successfully run the day.

This is fantastic way that the Porsche Club Of America, Upper Canada Region gives back to the community. For more information or to register, go to the main club website. To volunteer, send an E-mail to volunteer@pcaucr.org. </>

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