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Class teaches teens safe driving

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

EDWARDS, Colorado – The Edwards Rotary Club recently announced it is once again sponsoring the Tire Rack Street Survival Driving Program to train teens on driving safely in challenging conditions. The program session costs $75 and trains teens by putting them behind the wheel of their own cars. These classes are open to students ages 16 to 21 and will be available Oct. 24 at the Eagle County Airport Vail Valley Jet Center.

“The leading cause of death among 13- to 19-year-olds in the U.S. is from a motor vehicle crash,” program co-founder Linda Hill said. “We need to give our kids the tools they need to understand how to drive safely, especially in our community. We saw such great success from our program last spring that we want to continue the momentum by bringing the program back.”

Joe Hoy, Eagle County sheriff and co-founder of the program, said car crashes are the leading cause of death for Eagle County youths ages 16 to 25.

“We want to lower that statistic by bringing this course to Eagle County,” he said.

Students who enroll in the one-day class learn basic control skills in their own vehicle. Students use their own cars in order to gain familiarity with the dynamics of the vehicle they drive most often. They also experience a variety of challenging driving conditions, such as heavy water, distractions, skid pad and slalom. The goal is for teens to understand, through hands-on practice, how to be safer drivers.

Students who are interested in enrolling can go to: and click on Eagle County Regional Airport link for details and forms to complete. Adults interested in training to become instructors can contact Linda Hill at or Joe Hoy at

Street Survival is a national program dedicated to the promotion of safe teen driving. Formed in 2002 in conjunction with the BMW Car Club of America, the school is designed to go beyond driver’s education and give teens across the U.S. tools to become safer, smarter drivers.

Thirty teens participated in the May program and the Edwards Rotary Club is looking for 30 Students to participate in the October session.

Rotary is a world-wide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations and helps build goodwill and peace in the world.

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