Safe teen driving program coming to Bettendorf

2012-10-02T19:43:00Z Safe teen driving program coming to BettendorfTimes staff The Quad-City Times
October 02, 2012 7:43 pm  • 

A nationally recognized safe driving program for teens and young adults called Tire Rack Street Survival is being offered in the Quad-Cities from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Bettendorf High School, 3333 18th St.

Class size is limited to 30 students, 16-21 years old, for the one-on-one instruction.

The program was formed in April 2002 by the BMW Car Club of America Foundation and The Tire Rack. Street Survival is built on the premise that safe driving is learned by doing. From the outset, the program has always been hands-on, designed to go beyond the typical high school driver’s education program. The program teaches students to avoid accidents by thinking and looking ahead. It is unique in that it offers students instruction in their own cars so they learn the limitations of the vehicle they drive daily. Street Survival puts drivers behind the wheel with a trained instructor. On a closed course, they are taught accident avoidance, skid control, emergency braking and many other skills. Students practice maneuvers many times to gain experience and learn from their mistakes.

The $75 event fee includes classroom and in-car training as well as lunch. For more information, visit and click on “Registration/School Schedule” to register or contact local event registrar Chuck Gipson at or by calling 563-323-4692.

The program is being presented locally by the Quad-Cities Tire Rack Street Survival Committee and the BMW Car Club Of America-Iowa Chapter, with assistance from the Great River Region SCCA and the Porsche Club of America. Volunteers are needed to help with the class.

— Times staff

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