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 collaborates with the BMW Trillium Club to deliver the Tire Rack Street Survival School in the GTA. 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 $95 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?
- November 5, 2023 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Please email Mario Marrello at firstname.lastname@example.org to register as a volunteer to help run the event. We need red, black and white DE drivers who can volunteer as an exercise leader or in-car coach, and we need general volunteers who can help with course setting and course management. It’s a fun day for all! Lunch and beverages are included. Smiles are guaranteed.
- 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 2019, pre-COVID, 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.