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01-29-2011, 09:12 AM
Norman Hamden and Susan Clark are excited to announce a long time coming, dream come true. A defensive driving school for teens! This school is specifically designed for any beginning level driver from pre- learners permit to those having a learners permit. The class title is DE-099. Depending on the success of DE-099, more advanced classes will follow.

According to The Center for Disease Control (CDC) more than 4,000 teens lose their lives every year to car accidents. That is 11 teenagers a day!!! This doesn't include the 350,000 teen injuries and nor does it account for the adults that get injured or killed from teen drivers. Look at this site for the unbelievable statistics --> www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/teen_drivers

We will be teaming up with Arizona Motorsports Park (AMP) and NASA Arizona with the common goal to lower these horrible statistics. Our first step in this long term mission will be to host the first Teen Defensive Driving School (DE-099) on Saturday Feb 12th at AMP.

One thing that all NASA members as well as all race/driving clubs have in common, is a passion for driving, a good understanding of car control and the need for schools like this. Safety of the students during the training will be of highest priority. In fact, none of the training will even take place on any part of the road course (i.e. race track). Instead the oversized driving pad will be the primary training grounds with an emphasis on technique in a controled low speed environment.

Registration space will be extremely limited for this first event and will be on a first come first served basis. If you have a teen in your family or even know any teens that fall into this catagory, please reserve their spot by registering here --> https://www.nasaproracing.com/event/1232

Parents or legal guardians will be required to drop off the student with an (unmodified) car in sound mechanical condition between 8:00-8:15AM to allow time to check in and sign all waivers. It is highly recommended that the car the student will use will be the same one that they will drive when they get their drivers license. The class will start at 8:30am. At 4PM there will be a recital where parents/guardians will be allowed to ride through the course with their teen to showcase the valuable skills they learned by attending the course.

We intend to operate this as a non-profit organization. Registration fees ($99) will go towards paying for operational costs and and making improvements towards future events. Your registration donation is a small step towards making Arizona roads a safer place, but more importantly it is a symbol of a giant leap towards educating our young drivers with car control skills that could someday save their life, or yours!

We want to take this opportunity to give our sincere thanks to Dan Maloney (AMP), Tage Evanson (NASA Arizona) and Marty Saltzman (E-Legal). Without their contributions towards this worthy cause, this event would never have been made a reality.

Your support and prayers to make this a success is most appreciated,

Norman Hamden and Susan Clark

01-29-2011, 09:51 PM

01-30-2011, 10:02 AM
That's awesome! I've been involved in Street Survival teen driving clinic for years, and seeing how far the kids develop in one day is honestly one of the most rewarding things I've ever experienced. A lot of them come in with a "ho hum, nothing I need to learn" attitude (which is to be expected and gently worked with) and progress through "holy crap, I don't know what to do when SHTF", to "yeah, I got this", with a gleam in their eyes.

They learn that the car is capable of so much more than they think it is, but only if it's given the correct input. Give it the wrong input, and it won't do much at all.

These programs are way worthwhile...I'd even argue "necessary". They can be hard to recruit for, though...most teens think they know the necessary material already and don't want to make the investment in time or money, and many parents think it's a racing school and they don't want to teach their kids dangerous behavior behind the wheel. What they don't understand is what their kids already know is far more dangerous until it's un-learned. So please, help spread the word to those you know with teen drivers.

Good on ya for putting this on, organizers. I pledge my help in any way I can, from instructing to cone chasing to presentation materials to recruitment. FWIW, the two best recruitment tools we had over time were word-of-mouth from prior students, and when we got segments to air on TV prior to the event. I may be able to work some contacts to get a local TV crew to do some filming and interviews to help with recruiting next time, if you're interested.

02-13-2011, 04:36 PM
I'd have to call this a roaring success for the handful of students who attended the inaugural class. They went from being mostly unable to negotiate a 10-cone slalom at idle speeds in the morning to successfully and repeatedly performing accident-avoidance lane changes at up to 45 mph in the afternoon. They learned threshold braking and Big Fat Stupid-Fast Steering Input along the way, got a lot of confidence, and made their parents proud. My hat's off to Norman for putting this together and to Tage and the NASA die-hards who provided equipment and expertise.

02-13-2011, 04:58 PM
Great job out there! Let's get more of these going and if you need help - please let me know!


03-10-2011, 10:01 AM
We'll do doing another school on Sun March 20th at AMP again. Norm will be posting shortly with some details.

03-10-2011, 10:16 AM
We are excited that the team (TSDS, NASA and AMP) are putting on yet another teen driving school on Sunday, March 20, one day after our NASA event which is also at AMP. February's teen driving school was not only fun for all, but very successful in educating the students on how to turn a normal driving situation into an emergency or evasive maneuver. We have received several positive comments from the students and parents which has made this endeavor all worthwhile. We are limiting this school to 14 students, so please register asap and get the word out to those that are not on this forum. If you have any questions please contact me at teamsafetyds@gmail.com or call me at 928 254 5400. Looking forward to seeing there.

Norman Hamden