One young driver told her mother on the way home that if her friend, who was in a fatal accident recently, had attended the clinic, she would be alive today. While this is a very dramatic assessment of the value of the clinics, it makes the point that our teen drivers do not get the same type of coaching and experience from commercial driver education schools, whose purpose is to teach someone the rules of the road and get them use to driving a car. Once they get the basics from the commercial schools, young drivers need to attend the Glacier Lakes clinic to experience the nuances of keeping a car under control, even when the unexpected happens.
Participants must be between 15 and 19 years of age and present a valid driver's license or permit. A parent must accompany drivers under 18. Participants must provide their own vehicle, which must be in good running order and pass a technical inspection, which will include tires, brakes, fluids, lights, and other essentials. Unfortunately we can not accommodate trucks, minivans, or large SUV's.
- To improve overall awareness of driving position and it's effect on ability to control a vehicle.
- To educate participants on the physics that affect car handling, and how to use the physics to their advantage.
- To significantly improve participants ability to control a vehicle in all weather conditions, both in normal driving and in emergency situations.
- Multiple classroom sessions alternating with various exercises on the track.
- In car instruction and critique while participating in the exercises.
- Driving Basics
- Driving Position & Attitude
- Use of Controls and Mirrors
- The Importance of Vision
- The Traction Circle - Impact of Road Conditions and Tires
- Car Dynamics - Weight Transfer and its Effect on Handling
- Cornering Theory
- Corner Geometry - Turn In, Apex and Turn Exit
- The Six Zones of a Corner
- Impact of Road Conditions
- Under-steer & Over-steer
- Impact of Vehicle Drive System - FWD, AWD and RWD
Importance of Being Smooth
- Emergency Braking
- Braking distance vs. speed / surface conditions
- Using ABS to Maximum Benefit
- Driving on the Road
- Following Distance
- The Right Lane
- Proactive Driving vs. Reactive Driving
- Merging Techniques
- Off Road Excursions - How to Deal With Them Safely
- Modifying Your Driving to Deal With Driving Conditions
- Braking (both dry and wet)
- Slalom - Weight Transfer
- Accident Avoidance - Quick Left or Right Lane Change
- Cornering - Left and Right
- Forced Over-steer - On Wet Skid-pad
- Forced Under-steer - On Wet Skid-pad
- Quick Lane Change and Emergency Braking on Wet Skid-pad
- Forced Off Road Excursion
- Combination of Exercises as Final Test
Our Teen Driving Clinic was featured on Minnesota Public Radio. The program and an interactive set-up can be found on the MPR website at: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/04/10/teendrivers/
- Participants must be between 15 and 19 years of age.
- Participants must be in possession of a valid Driver's License or Permit.
- At least one parent must accompany a minor (under 18) to this event.
- Participants must provide their own vehicle which must be in good running order and pass a technical inspection which will include tires, brakes, fluids, lights, etc.
- Unfortunately we can not accommodate trucks, large SUVs, or minivans at this event. Most small-mid SUV's and Crossover vehicles will be permitted with advance approval. Please E-mail email@example.com with the vehicle model for approval.
- Parents are encouraged to register as helpers for the event.
2014 Schedule and Registration
Registration is on MotorsportReg.com (MSR). You will need to create an account if you don't already have one. Please create the account under the student's name, or add them to the account by clicking "add another person" on the My Account page. We have a partnership with MSR for event registration. Feel confident that your information is secure.
-Saturday, April 26
-Saturday, May 10
-Sunday, June 29th
-Sunday, August 17th
-Saturday, September 13th
Clinics start at 8 a.m. and complete at 4:30 p.m. Lunch and refreshments are included for participants and helpers. Parents are encouraged to register as helpers for the event. Registration fee for drivers is only $149. Helpers are free.
Adults may be eligible to register as a student based upon class size and instructor availability. If you are interested in participating as a student, please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants age 20+ must also be Audi Club North America Members. To join or renew, visit the ACNA website athttp://www.audiclubna.org/join-renew
Dakota County Technical College
1300 145th Street E.(Co.Rd.42)
Rosemount, MN 55068-2999
Audi Club Glacier Lakes Teen Driving Clinics are proudly sponsored by:
Audi Minneapolis and Audi St.Paul