Driver Training that Saves Lives!
Stats Canada reports that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among drivers in their first 10 years of driving. They account for over 70 percent of accidental deaths in that age group.
In an effort to reduce this risk and save lives, UCR is supporting the BMW Trillium Club in the delivery of two Tire Rack Street Survival Schools in 2017. This program is designed for relatively new drivers, within their first 10 years of driving, IN ANY CAR. There is no need to be a member of either the BMW Club or UCR to participate. This is a community service initiative, and the cost is only $75, including HST, for a full day of training, lunch and refreshments.
The Tire Rack Street Survival School goes beyond traditional driver education programs; the primary emphasis of the program is a “hands-on” driving experience with in-car skills-development in a closely supervised environment. Participants perform a series of exercises designed to teach the handling limits of their cars and make them safer drivers. Where else would students learn these skills and have the opportunity to practice them, before needing to use these skills in an emergency?
- Sunday, May 28, 2017, Brampton Powerade Centre (7575 Kennedy Road South)
- Sunday, November 5, 2017, IBM Canada Software Lab (8200 Warden Avenue, Markham)
- Learn how to avoid an accident • One-on-one, in-car coaching • Emergency situation recovery manoeuvres • Skid pad and other car control exercises • Demos • Interactive classroom sessions
Recent Participant Comments:
- Such a fantastic day – it will make me a better driver for sure.
- Excellent experience – a must do for all drivers.
- I enjoyed myself, and learned a lot.
- The in-car real life simulations were eye-opening and enlightening.
- Loved it! Tons of fun! Great safe environment to figure out car limits.
- Lots of learning and lots of fun in a friendly and supportive environment!
See our Facebook page for additional comments and photos from past participants.
Published Participant, Parent & Volunteer Perspectives:
Three parents, including Scott Goodyear, former Indy Car Champion, share their perspectives in this short 2-minute video on the benefits of the program, and here are articles from the parents of two recent students in the GTA area:
The school is supported by volunteers and sponsors who care about our communities. In 2016, there were over 100 schools across North America. Volunteers from UCR have supported this program since 2013. Here are some articles describing the program from a volunteer’s perspective:
- “What is It and Why Do We Do It?”, by Tom Arndt
- “Circle of Excellence Honourees”, by Hazel de Burgh
- “Perfect Conditions for Learning About Car Control”, by Hazel de Burgh
What to Bring for Each Participant:
- A valid Ontario G2 or G Driver’s Licence, or equivalent. A G1 licence is not accepted.
- A car (alternatively, one car can be shared between 2 participants) – cars are NOT provided. Participants are encouraged to use the car they normally drive so they learn how their car would perform in an emergency.
Registration – for Participants, Coaches and Volunteers:
Online registration is now open for participants. Click these links to register for the May and November Street Survival Schools. To register as an in-car coach or other volunteer, please email Mario Marrello. Coaches and volunteers: thanks for your support of this life-saving program!
Help Spread the Word! Open to the Public! Help Save Lives!
- If you know anyone who might like to sign up as a student or a volunteer, please invite them and send them this link!
- If you’d like to give someone the gift of a lifetime (literally!), here’s an I.O.U. Gift Certificate which says that you’ll pay for their registration when it’s time to register. Simply print it, fill out the details in the upper right corner, and give it as an I.O.U., or better yet, send them this link.
- To spread the word at your office, print several copies of the I.O.U. Gift Certificate for your lunchroom so your co-workers will see it! And here’s a printer-friendly for your lunchroom notice board describing our 2017 program. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD PDF