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Tire Rack kicks off Street Survival for teens

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Tire Rack Inc. is bringing Street Survival, a national driver education program that teaches teens the skills they need to stay alive behind the wheel, to communities across the nation beginning in April.

The first session is scheduled for April 6, 2014, in San Diego, Calif.

Unlike traditional driver’s education programs based on classroom theory and simple maneuvers, the Tire Rack Street Survival program improves driver competence through hands-on experiences in real-world driving situations.

Students receive a short classroom session and then learn, hands-on, how to manage everyday driving hazards, obstacles and challenges in a controlled environment on an advanced driving course.

Students are taught in their own cars, not specially prepared program vehicles, so 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.

For the fifth year, Michelin North America Inc. is supporting the Street Survival program by providing funding for pavement rental for each school throughout the United States. That is no small task, given that this year the Tire Rack Street Survival schools plan to offer its training to teens all across the U.S.

Tire Rack Street Survival is entering its 12th year and has trained 12,000 new drivers. The program completed 101 schools last year. The goal for 2014 is over 110 schools nationally.

The program is open to licensed and permitted drivers ages 15 to 21. The cost is $75 per student and some insurance companies offer premium discounts to graduates.

Street Survival location, schedules, registration information and more details are at www.streetsurvival.org.

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