Tire Rack Street Survival School Cancelled for 2020

Street Survival School has been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19

Driver Training that Saves Lives

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. 

In an effort to reduce this risk and save lives, it first Tire Rack Street Survival School on May 24, 2020 with the support of volunteers from UCR. This program is designed for relatively new drivers, within their first 10 years of driving, in any car. There is no need to be a member of either the BMW Club or UCR to participate. This is a community service initiative, and the cost is $95, including HST, for a full day of training, lunch and refreshments.

The Tire Rack Street Survival School goes beyond traditional driver education programs; the primary emphasis of the program is a “hands-on” driving experience with in-car skills-development in a closely supervised environment. Participants perform a series of exercises designed to teach the handling limits of their cars and make them safer drivers. Where else would students learn these skills and have the opportunity to practice them, before needing to use these skills in an emergency?

2021 Schedule 

  • May 24, 2021 - CAA Centre, Brampton ($95)


  • Learn how to avoid an accident
  • One-on-one, in-car coaching
  • Emergency situation recovery manoeuvres
  • Skid pad and other car control exercises
  • Demos
  • Interactive classroom sessions

Recent Participant Comments

"Such a fantastic day - it will make me a better driver for sure."

"Excellent experience - a must do for all drivers."

"I enjoyed myself, and learned a lot."

"The in-car real life simulations were eye-opening and enlightening."

"Loved it! Tons of fun! Great safe environment to figure out car limits."

"Lots of learning and lots of fun in a friendly and supportive environment!"

Published Participant, Parent & Volunteer Perspectives

For more information about what to expect as a participant, check out these articles by Andy Lin, an automotive journalist for Autos.ca: “First Person Driver” Part One and Part Two.

Three parents, including Scott Goodyear, former Indy Car Champion, share their perspectives in this short two minute video on the benefits of the program. 

Here are articles from the parents of two recent students in the Greater Toronto Area:

The school is supported by volunteers and sponsors who care about our communities. In 2016, there were over 100 schools across North America. Volunteers from UCR have supported this program since 2013. Here are some articles describing the program from a volunteer’s perspective:

What to Bring for Each Participant

  • A valid Ontario G2 or G Driver’s Licence, or equivalent. A G1 licence is not accepted.
  • A car (alternatively, one car can be shared between 2 participants) – cars are NOT provided.

Participants are encouraged to use the car they normally drive so they learn how their car would perform in an emergency.

Registration For Participants

Online registration will open in late 2020.

Have questions please click on Mario Marrello to send an email.

Coaches and volunteers: Thank you for your support of this life-saving program! Please contact Mario for details on how to help.

Thanks to Our Local Sponsors of the Street Survival School

Pfaff BMW (TBA)

Markham BMW (TBA)

Image Credit: Porsche Club of America - Upper Canada Region