Where are the Teen Survival Driving Courses?

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David Huang
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Where are the Teen Survival Driving Courses?

Post by David Huang » Mon May 09, 2011 1:25 pm

Hello,
I'm new to this forum so please bear with me.
I spent many years coming up the ranks from autocross, to time trials, and finally to endurance sportscar road racing, but retired a few years ago. So when my 17 yr old niece got her driver's license a few months ago, I started looking up driving programs and old friends whom I used to instruct with. What I found was that most of the programs are no longer around the Southern California area. What's left are either competitive based events like a Solo 2 events, or time trial events at Streets of Willow or Buttonwillow. Danny McKeever has a comprehensive program that I'm considering but it's $400 so I'd like to exhaust all my options first.
Like many teenage girls, her interests lie more on school, fashion, and music (hopefully in that order!); drifting a car around a corner is probably at the bottom of her list of priorities. Ideally, I'd like to find her a program that is non-intimidating, non-competitive, and real world (ie: low to medium speed) oriented. More focused on emergency maneuvers, skid control, panic stops, wet braking, etc. Seems that an autocross event is ideal. Does anybody offer such a program in SoCal?
Thanks in advance.

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David Huang

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Re: Where are the Teen Survival Driving Courses?

Post by Giovanni Jaramillo » Mon May 09, 2011 2:33 pm

David Huang wrote:I'd like to find her a program that is non-intimidating, non-competitive, and real world (ie: low to medium speed) oriented. More focused on emergency maneuvers, skid control, panic stops, wet braking, etc. Seems that an autocross event is ideal. Does anybody offer such a program in SoCal?
Thanks in advance.

Regards,
David Huang
Locally, BMWCCA chapter (San Diego) just held The TireRack Street Survival Schools for teenagers only. It's an annual event. Some SCCA regions do hold those events but unfortunately at this time we (Cal Club region) have not, but it is something we're considering doing in the future.

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Re: Where are the Teen Survival Driving Courses?

Post by Rick Brown » Mon May 09, 2011 2:35 pm

Evolution offers a teen course http://www.evoschool.com/index.php?page=classes" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

We put on a ladies only school in November which is great for beginners, very low key and staffed by our talented female drivers (many who are National Champions).
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Re: Where are the Teen Survival Driving Courses?

Post by Giovanni Jaramillo » Mon May 09, 2011 2:38 pm

David, definitely have her attend the Ladies School that Rick Brown mentioned (completely forgot about that). That would be an excellent opportunity.

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Re: Where are the Teen Survival Driving Courses?

Post by David Huang » Tue May 10, 2011 12:59 pm

I looked up the Evo School and it does offer everything I'm looking for. Unfortunately, it isn't offered anywhere near us which is a shame.
Fortunately, yesterday a friend of mine sent me a link to these guys: http://www.putonthebrakes.com/driving-s ... chool.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
They have a class near us in June so I'm going to sign her up. Thanks all for your input everybody.

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Re: Where are the Teen Survival Driving Courses?

Post by Kristoffer Gjevre » Tue May 10, 2011 6:53 pm

A friend's daughter is taking this one right now

http://www.masterdrive.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

His other daughter took it a couple of years ago

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