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Cumming council approves space for Street Survival Driver Training

Program teaches young drivers safety tactics

The Street Survival Driver Training teaches students how to react in situations like skidding.
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CUMMING, Ga. — Tire Rack’s Street Survival Driver Training is taking the safety of teen drivers in Cumming to the streets.

Through a partnership with the city, the Cumming City Council approved a measure May 16 offering city space near the fairgrounds to be used for the program.

Mayor H. Ford Gravitt said this is a good project, and he fully supports it.

“We are always worried about the safety of our kids,” Gravitt said. “I could have taken this when I was a kid. Especially during this time of the year with school ending, it’s important.”

Crash risks are highest for teens during the first months of licensure, according to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Per mile, the crash rate for 16- to 17-year-olds is three times higher than 18- to 19-year-olds.

In an effort to combat this trend, the group puts on a program across the country where teens learn the risks of driving and how to be safer drivers.

Brian Garrett has been with auto supply chain Tire Rack for 10 years and said the program is for licensed or permitted drivers ages 15-21. The cost is $75 a student which pays for the instruction materials.

The amount of students varies depending on how many instructors show up the day of the event, and the instructors teach free of charge and have taught previously at driver education schools. Classes can range from 25-40 students, but the ratio will be about two students per instructor.

The group has held classes in Gwinnett County, but not in Forsyth County, Garrett said.

The event is a seven-hour day where drivers spend some time in a classroom, but most of the time in their car with a coach. They are put through a series of exercises based on real-world scenarios they may encounter while driving, such as skidding, lane changing and the use of ABS brakes.

“It’s an amazing transformation from the morning to the afternoon,” Garrett said.

Forsyth Sheriff Ron Freeman said the parking lot across from the Cumming Fairgrounds would be a perfect location to set up the demonstration.

“Traffic is not the same as when we grew up here in Forsyth County,” Freeman said. “There were three or four cars on the Cumming Square when we would go by. That’s not the case anymore. Teens are facing new challenges.”

The class will teach students things they won’t learn in their driving test or during a traditional driving school, Freeman said.

“Traffic is something we face all the time in Forsyth County and something we deal with at the sheriff’s office,” Freeman said. “We try to protect our kids who are behind the wheel.”

To learn more, visit streetsurvivial.org.

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