Audi Club Golden Gate: South Bay Teen Clinic at Laguna Seca Raceway

Date/Time :
Sep 16, 2023
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Types :

South Bay Teen Driving Safety Clinic Sponsored by Audi Stevens Creek

This clinic is designed to go far beyond what is typically taught in Drivers Ed or a driving school with an emphasis on having students in their cars driving with limited time spent in the classroom. This is best described as a classroom within the car.

The event is open to all teen drivers between the age of 15 1/2 and 19 (consideration can be made for drivers up to the age of 21) who have a valid learning permit, provisional driver’s license, or full driver’s license. All teen students who are minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and they must be driving a fully registered vehicle. All makes and models of cars are welcome and membership in the Audi Club of North America is not required for this event.

The cost of the Teen Driving Safety Clinic is $225 per student which includes lunch and beverages. Please note that the rental fee and expenses associated with the track require an increase in pricing. There is an additional $20 fee for any parent or other person who wishes to attend with the student which covers the cost of lunch and beverages.

The event will teach teen drivers to control their cars in a variety of real-world situations. Each teen driver will have an in-car tutor who will guide them through practical exercises of: accident avoidance, ABS and panic braking, and slalom driving, all in dry and wet conditions. These exercises are designed to improve awareness of the teen driver’s car and how to control it. Additionally, there is an exercise called “driving the dots” that is designed to help teen drivers become more aware of where the edge of the lane (or curb) is located. Classroom sessions will focus on “real world” situations that teens face every day on the road, including proper lane changing, merging and passing techniques. Distraction hazards, such as texting while driving, will also be discussed.

At the end of the day, all teen drivers will leave with improved driving skills, confidence in driving and big smiles. If you have any questions, please send an email to [email protected].

Event Logistics

This is an all-day event where the teens will spend most of the day in the car.

The Clinic will take place on Saturday, September 16 at Laguna Seca Raceway, Salinas, CA on the “lakebed.” Everything you need to participate will be provided, except your car and a parent. Details will be sent three days prior to the event but you can plan on meeting at the raceway located at 1021 Monterey Salinas Highway, promptly at 8:00 a.m. for registration and check-in. The event will end at 4:00 p.m. If you have questions contact [email protected].

We recommend that you check the weather forecast prior to the event and dress accordingly. We also encourage you to bring folding chairs to sit on.

Volunteers/Instructors and Coaches

For this event, we are seeking volunteers to help us run the event. In this case, all volunteers must be ACGG instructors, or ACGG members that have a great deal of experience, and who are interested in enhancing their coaching skills. If you are an instructor and wish to volunteer to help at this event, please continue with the registration process, and when you reach the registration form, select the appropriate choice, and fill in the requested information.

Who are we?

Audi Club Golden Gate (ACGG) is a chapter of the Audi Club of North America (ACNA), which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the purpose of educating its members in driver education, driver safety training, and education about the Audi brand. The Golden Gate Chapter serves the members in Northern California and Hawaii but our events are open to anyone. To support the educational experience, the Golden Gate Chapter offers events from technical seminars, fun drives, social events, tours, and high precision driver education and safety seminars throughout the year. The Golden Gate Chapter is able to take advantage of the many local Audi dealerships and well-recognized private service centers around the geographic proximity to Northern California. Many of our sponsors offer discounts to club members.

As a member of ACNA, you automatically become a member of the Golden Gate Chapter if you live in the two states listed above. You will receive a quarterly magazine from ACNA, as well as frequent emails to keep you up to date on all our scheduled events taking place throughout the year.

A special “Thank You” to our sponsor Audi Stevens Creek

Event requirements

This event is open to all teen drivers between the age of 15 1/2 and 19 (consideration can be made for drivers up to the age of 21) who have a valid learning permit, provisional driver’s license, or full driver’s license. You do not need to be a member of the Audi Club to attend, all makes and models of cars are welcome. All teen students who are minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and they must be driving a fully registered vehicle. Vehicles may be shared but it is not recommended. If two teens will be sharing a car, a separate registration for each teen is necessary. The teen will gain more from the clinic if they spend the whole day driving in their own car. Please make sure that the year, make, model and color of the car you are bringing is accurately recorded during registration.

It is recommended that the teens bring the car they are most likely to be driving on a daily basis and you should do a basic safety check prior to attending the clinic. (Do the brakes work? Is there tread on the tires and are they inflated properly? Are the brake lights functional, etc.) While there will be a tech check at the event, it is important that the vehicle is in a safe and road-worthy condition for the event.

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