Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:20

BMWCSA announces our first-ever Tire Rack Street Survival (TRSS) School in Calgary on Saturday June 9, 2018!

Real world. Hands on!

The Tire Rack Street Survival School starts where traditional driver education programs leave off.

Rather than studying driver’s manual theory, the primary emphasis of the program is a “hands on” driving experience with in-car skills development in a very safe, purpose-built, closely supervised training environment.

The program includes instruction by experienced driving instructors, in the classroom and one-on-one with each student while they learn and practise emergency braking, accident avoidance, proactive vision, car placement, and car control on slippery surfaces. Students will also learn how to sit properly in their car and how to adjust mirrors for maximum visibility; they will see an actual truck blind-spot demonstration, and more.

When your teen driver, or those with less than 10 years of driving experience, attends a Street Survival school, they learn to control their own car in dynamic exercises that can’t be learned from books or games. They experience the physics of motion in exactly the types of situation that can cause a loss of control! They learn how to make good driving decisions and react more quickly. They become more aware of their own limits and learn to begin anticipating the actions of other drivers.

The event is designed to equip the next generation of drivers with real-world, behind-the-wheel skills that will help to keep them safely on the road. Students bring the vehicle that they normally use and, as a result, learn to understand the response characteristics of their individual car.

FAQs for Street Survival schools

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How important is it that new drivers learn Street Survival skills?

  • Stats Canada reports that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among drivers in their first 10 years of driving.
  • They account for over 70 percent of accidental deaths in that age group.
  • A 16-year-old is 20 percent more likely to be killed in a crash than an adult.
  • Nearly 50 percent of teen-driver fatality accidents involve a single vehicle!

The Club is organizing TRSS in Calgary as a community service initiative and we envision this training becoming an annual event – over 1000 schools have been held across Canada and the US to date.

BMW ownership or BMWCSA membership is NOT required.

Organizers: Gary Coleman, Josh Carter and Neill Taniguchi

Thanks to our Local Sponsors of Street Survival School 2018: Calgary Police Services, BMWCCA Foundation, The Tire Rack, & Michelin Tires

Two ways you can help to ensure the success of Street Survival:


As is typical with club-supported events, volunteers create the foundation on which successful events are built – even if you do not have a student participating, the gift of your time will go a long way towards making a new driver a better driver, and maybe even saving a life down the road.

Contact Gary Coleman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Help Spread the Word:

If you know anyone who might like to sign up as a student or a volunteer, please invite them.

If you want to sponsor a young driver, you can print out the I.O.U. Gift Certificate on the next page and give it to them!

To spread the word at work, print several copies of these pages and put them in the lunchroom so your co-workers will see it.

The program is open to the public. Help save lives!