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April 29, 2006 Street Survival

Dulles, VA

Driving school instructors and experienced autocrossers, please contact Rafael at .
Who:Street Survival Program,
Sponsored by the BMW Car Club Foundation
Operated by the National Capital Chapter BMW Car Club of America
When: Saturday, April 29, 2006 between 8:00am and 4:00pm
ADESA Auto Auction
43375 Old Ox Road
Dulles, VA 20166

General Information

Directions can be found on the Internet (MapQuest, Yahoo & Google) a link to a Google map is here.

Please enter through the South Entrance (the one closer to Route 50). Note that we will be using the rear portion of the ADESA parking lot. You will have to check-in with the security guard on the left side of the building (as you are facing the building).

PLEASE NOTE - Trucks and any type of SUV are NOT allowed to participate in these classes. This includes, but is not limited to, all JEEPs, Explorers, Expeditions, Suburbans, Tahoes, BMW X5s, Mercedes M Class, Lexus RX and similar vehicles. While we strongly encourage students to use the vehicle that they drive regularly, we cannot allow certain vehicles with a high center of gravity due to the risk of a roll-over under hard cornering. If you have any questions about whether your vehicle will be allowed to participate, either prior to or after registration, please send an email to the registrar (Rafael Garces at ).

The following are general instructions to prepare you for having some fun and learning how to be a safer and better driver.

1. If you are under 18, please make sure you bring the "Minor Waiver" form (you should have downloaded this during registration at the BMW Foundation website). This form should be signed by BOTH parents. If for some reason, yours is a single parent family, please note this on the form. THIS FORM IS MANDATORY. It is an insurance requirement. Everyone who stays will be asked to sign the general Waiver. Again, this is an insurance requirement.

2. Please bring a PHOTOCOPY of your driver's license and insurance card. We need it for our records. We will ask for this at registration.

3. Please arrive as close to 8:00am as possible. We will be conducting registration and performing a brief safety inspection of your vehicle. Class starts promptly at 9:00 am and the in-car sessions begin at 10:00 am. You will be separated into 4 groups and then you will rotate around a series of six in-car exercises throughout the rest of the day.

4. Clean out your car before arriving at the school. This means remove ALL loose items from the interior. As part of our inspection we will make sure that you have removed any phones, change, purses, shoes, gym clothes, etc. We will also ask you to remove the driver's floor mat and EVERYTHING from the trunk except for the spare tire and jack (as long as they are securely fastened).

5. Dress appropriately for the day's event. You will be in and out of the cars all day long. We run the event rain or shine. If it rains, we still run the event. If rain is expected (or possible) please bring rain gear and / or umbrellas. Don't forget the sunscreen. Even on a cloudy day, you can get a sun burn.

6. NO SANDALS OR OPEN TOE SHOES. Please wear closed toe shoes such as running shoes or sneakers.

7. We will be providing a simple lunch - pizza or sandwiches along with water and sodas. If you have special dietary needs, please bring your own appropriate food and drink. We will have water available throughout the day and you need to remember to keep yourself well hydrated. Lunch will be in the cafeteria and bathroom facilities are available.

8. Parents and friends are welcome to join you. In fact, we encourage the parents to stay, learn and help. Parents and guests may attend the classroom sessions (space permitting), but they may not participate in the driving exercises or ride in the cars.

9. You should arrive with at least 3/4 of a tank of fuel. There are several gas stations on Route 50 immediately East of Route 606. The closest gas station is approximately 2 miles from the ADESA Facility.

10. Please bring a good attitude.

Our goal is to teach you driving techniques to help you avoid an accident and to be a safer driver. We also want you to have fun as you're learning.

Rafael Garces
NCC Street Survival Coordinator

Street Survival™ School Program Guide

The goals of the Street Survival program are to teach students some of the basics of car control, to enhance their enjoyment of driving and to improve their competence as drivers. We want the students to understand how their actions govern a car's responses, and as a result to become safer, more effective drivers on the road.

The students will become more observant of the traffic situation they find themselves in. They will learn to look far enough ahead to anticipate unwise actions of other drivers. As the students master the application of physics to drive their cars, they will make fewer unwise driving actions themselves. They will understand why they should always wear their own seatbelts, and why they should insist that their passengers wear seatbelts, too.

Students will learn how to properly use their own cars based on the physics of car control. They will learn how their cars feel and sound just before and as they exceed the limits of tire adhesion in a controlled situation, helping them to avoid accidents in actual everyday driving situations where they might experience problems.

During the event, students will maneuver their cars through exercises laid out using orange traffic safety cones in a closed parking lot. They will experience each exercise element several times, in order to learn from their mistakes and to improve their skills. A trained driving coach will accompany each driver to provide real-time feedback while performing maneuvers. There is no stopwatch, nor head-to-head competition with other cars. The students are here to improve their skills, not to compare themselves with someone else.

The exercise elements are laid out in advance by the event chairman and are designed to be fun, safe, challenging and educational. Each element will teach the students a specific skill or group of skills.

Safety is our prime concern.

Student Driver Permit Requirements:

Permitted drivers will be allowed in the Street Survival program


  • All conditions of the permit can be met in a safe manner, i.e. if the permit requires a licensed driver in the car at all times. If a parent is required to be in the car in addition to this then this student will not be allowed as it would require 1 passenger in the back seat of the car and that is considered too hazardous for the exercises in the school, and some times physically impossible.


The driver must be a minimum of 16 years old (regardless of the minimum age for the state issuing the permit) and have had their permit for a minimum of ˝ the time required by the state holding jurisdiction over that permit, (not the state that the school is located in) i.e. if the permit must be held for 6 months before the driver can take their driving test then the student must have had the permit a minimum of 3 months.

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