Because driver’s education doesn’t prepare young motorists for everything, a new program throws teens the kind of curves they may encounter somwewhere down the road.
In “Street Survival,” students experience everything from having to make an emergency stop to driving under extremely slippery conditions, said Richard Dunbar of the Sports Car Club of America.
“An emergency lane change where they get the car up to speed and suddenly have to move one or two lanes left, to the right, to see what that feels like,” he said of the course. “And they also have to drive a slalom course to feel the car turn left and right quickly and feel what that weight transfer feels like.”
The course gives young drivers a chance to do something that would only come in an emergency and understand how to deal with the situation, Dunbar said.
“What it feels like to throw the car around because no one tells them to do that until something happens,” he added.
“Street Survival” courses are set for Aug. 19 in Warminster, Pennsylvania, and Atlantic City, New Jersey.