Life Saving Skills
SKILLS Teen School uses various exercises that demonstrate how drivers can utilize vehicle dynamics to their advantage. Knowing what you can and cannot do with a car is the first step to becoming a better defensive driver. Students practice these rigorous vehicle exercises all day behind-the-wheel of a car, NOT in a classroom.
The SKILLS Teen School Day Two takes the basics of SKILLS Day One and kicks everything up a notch. Additionally, more exercises are added to the mix to continue the learning curve and teach accident avoidance techniques to drivers. DAY ONE IS A PREREQUISITE FOR DAY TWO.
A behind the wheel demonstration of the differences between a car and a higher center of gravity vehicle such as an SUV or a pickup truck.
Stick Shift Module
Did you know that only 18% of United States citizens can drive a standard transmission? Become one of them with this behind the wheel training!
SKILLS Teen School is a behind-the-wheel accident avoidance driving course that gives new drivers the knowledge and experience to succeed in emergency situations. Both educational and fun, SKILLS goes beyond the scope of Drivers Ed programs through hands on training. Headquartered at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, we offer a safe, closed venue to help students build confidence operating vehicles. SKILLS instructors teach correct responses to real-life driving scenarios. Students spend the day mastering these techniques behind the wheel! With car accidents being the #1 killer of teenagers today, The SKILLS Teen Day One is a must for new drivers.
Day Two Teen School
The SKILLS Teen School Day Two takes the basics of SKILLS Day One and kicks everything up a notch. Additionally, more exercises are added to the mix to continue the learning curve and teach accident avoidance techniques to drivers. Texting awareness, situational awareness and lots of Skid Pad work is attacked in Day Two. Day One is a pre-requisite for Day Two.
SUV or Pickup Module
It's common knowledge that pickups and SUV's are naturally a bit more prone to rollover accidents than most cars, but these accidents are avoidable if you learn the limits of your vehicle. This module will put your teen and his or her daily driver through a series of mild exercises to demonstrate the difference of physics of a truck or an SUV versus a car. You will be surprised at what you learn!
One-on-one instruction is a great way to learn everything that the SKILLS Teen school has to offer. Students go through Day One or Day Two with the same instructor and the same car all day. This way, the instructor really gets to know the habits of the student and how they learn best, and can use this to a teaching advantage.
Stick Shift Module
SKILLS offers a Stick Shift Module for students to learn and practice the dynamics of shifting a manual transmission. Vehicle can be provided by SKILLS or the student. This module is taught in a private atmosphere where each student can become safe and competent. After the 1.5 hours class, the student can expect to: smoothly start and stop vehicle, back vehicle, park vehicle, safely navigate uphill and downhill starts and stops, and have a good basic understanding of how a manual transmission works.
What if I need to cancel or reschedule the registered class?
All purchases are non-refundable. All reservations may be transferable and exchangeable with proper notification to SKILLS Driving staff. Reservations are subject to a rescheduling fee of a minimum of $100 without a 72 hour advance notice.
What do the students do all day?
Different locations will have different times. The day begins with a brief Welcome and Instructor Introductions. Students depart for the cars for morning and afternoon driving sessions. Lunch will be held inside for about 45 minutes. Parents will be given specific direction on when to come back to watch their student’s last exercise at the “Parent Corral”. A brief Awards Ceremony will complete the day. Plan on leaving the track about 3:15 p.m.
Where is Texas Motor Speedway and where do I go once I get there?
Going West on 114, take the 2nd entrance into TMS (Allison Road). Allison Road will lead you through 2 stop signs and directly into the South Tunnel (Infield Gate #8). A security guard will have a TMS waiver for you to sign. Continue through the South Tunnel and follow the signs to the Media Center (behind Torchy's Tacos).
What if it rains or there is bad weather?
We run rain or shine. If there is danger in the area, such as winds, lightning, etc…we will take safety precautions until it passes. The best teaching tool is rain—-so, feel fortunate if you are able to take the class in wet conditions!
How old must my child be and what permits/licenses are required?
Students need to be a minimum of 15 years old and in possession of a valid Learner’s Permit. They do not have to have their Driver’s License. We like for them to have some “seat time” in a car, as this day is aggressive and not structured for “first time in a car” participant!
Does the Skills Teen School count as Driver’s Ed? As in, would the course be sufficient to obtain a driver’s license?
No, Skills Teen School does not allow the participant to obtain a state driver’s license or learner’s permit. Our Skills Teen course is designed to teach accident avoidance exercises that are not taught in a traditional driver’s education class. Where traditional driver’s education teaches “rules of the road”, SKILLS Teen School allows 6 hours of behind-the-wheel accident avoidance exercises, with professional instructors teaching “cause and effect”. SKILLS is a fun and interactive day that will increase new drivers’ knowledge of potential accident situations and the best way to handle and avoid dangerous situations that can occur on today’s roads. SKILLS is an advanced, supplemental course that is highly recommended for new drivers.
Will I get an insurance deduction?
Every insurance company is different. Your teen will be presented with a Certificate of Completion at the end of the day. This certificate may be turned into your company/agent for additional possible discounts. Some companies give credit for additional drivers training and some do not. Regardless, your teen has gained numerous accident avoidance skills and will undoubtedly save a deductible at some point!
What else will we receive?
Besides a Certificate of Completions and driving SKILLS for life, each student will be graded and critiqued throughout the day. About 7 days after the class, each student will receive an e-grade card summarizing the students’ progression and improvement levels for their day. If you have any questions about the critiques or comments, please call our office for further discussion, it is our desire that you have a clear understanding as to how students performed and what they need to work on.
How long is the SKILLS class?
Approximately from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM. Lunch is included.
How many people will there be in my class?
Ranges from 20-30.
Is there a minimum attendants?
There is a 12 person minimum. If minimum for class is not reached 2 weeks out, students may be asked to reschedule at a later date. * If you are flying travelers, call us at (817)430–4343.
How are the exercises conducted?
You will be behind the wheel, executing accident avoidance exercises. Each of the 7 exercises will have a specific goal and message. These exercises will increase awareness and create the skills necessary to avoid dangerous situations.
May I bring my family and friends?
No, this day will be very busy involving technical driving exercises. We will need their full attention. However, your family and friends may come around 2:30 pm to watch your last exercise.
Can I stay all day and watch my student?
No. We will be really busy with your child teaching very technical material behind the wheel. We will need for them to focus on the new skills they are learning. You are more than welcome to come back at 2:30 pm and see how much progress they have made during the day.
What does my student need wear/bring?
We will make them comfortable all day. Lunch and all day beverages are included. Please have them dress weather-appropriate. Although they will be in the cars 90% of the day, there will be times when they are outside, in a safe area. Please, no sandals/flip flops. Tennis shoes are best. Also, all cell phones will be banned until lunch, where they will have time to catch up.
What time do I pick my child up, and where?
Your child will be finished at approximately 3:00 pm, following the awards ceremony, which will be held in the same place registration took place. Exact times will be communicated to you in the Welcome meeting, at Check In.
Whose cars do we drive?
SKILLS Driving will provide the vehicles for the students. If the student enrolls in the SUV and/or Pick Up Module, they will driver their own vehicles during the module training.