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Street Survival course teaches Colorado Springs teens to be smarter, safer drivers


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Motor vehicle crashes are the No. 1 killer of today's teens. Some of these crashes can be attributed to risky behaviors such as distracted driving or speeding; however, many are due to teen drivers' lack of experience and knowledge behind the wheel.

Tire Rack's national non-profit driver education program, Street Survival, is aimed at teaching teens the skills they need to stay alive behind the wheel, by going above and beyond drivers' education with hands-on experience which makes them safer, smarter drivers.

This Sunday, Tire Rack Street Survival hosted a course at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

Students learned emergency braking and skid control, how to control unintended oversteer and understeer and how to avoid accidents entirely. The program helped improve driver competence through hands-on exercises that mimic real-world driving situations in a controlled environment.

Students are taught in their own cars, not specially prepared program vehicles, so that the skills they learn can be directly translated to their daily driving experiences. Tire Rack Street Survival® challenges teenagers to understand how to control a vehicle, rather than just operate one.

Tire Rack Street Survival® is open to permitted and licensed drivers ages 15 – 21. The cost is $95 per student and some insurance companies offer premium discounts to program graduates. Forms, schedules and more information can be found online at

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