NORA hosts a number of different driver education activities. We routinely put on special events to help local police departments train their officers.
We also have a special rookie class at all events. Throughout the season novice or “rookie” drivers receive instruction and close supervision. Every event starts with a guided walk through the course turn by turn as well as a review of the driving basics. We have instructors ride with the rookies to provide in car instruction and feedback.
All you need to participate in a NORA event is a valid drivers license. This makes NORA autocrosses the perfect way to help your new driver learn some defensive driving and car handling skills.
If you want a more education focused setup, then NORA also hosts two driving schools each year. Since these schools are not timed events, they’re a great way to learn some new driving skills in a safe environment. They’re also an easy way to try out autocross in a less competitive setting.
Classroom: Before getting behind the wheel driving basics are discussed such as looking ahead, proper seating position, proper tire inflation, car maintenence and preperation are covered.These are run differently than our regular events. The focus of these schools is to develop car handling skills for new drivers who are interested in starting to autocross. However, these same skills are beneficial for safe street driving and the schools are open to all licensed drivers with a safe car. Schools cover the following areas:
Emergency Braking: Students practice “threshold braking” in a simulated emergency stop. This allows them to feel thier anti lock breaking system (ABS) work and demonstrates how long a car takes to stop.
Emergency Lane Change: A simulated emergency lane change is set up to practice quick changes in direction without loss of car control.
Traction Circle: A 100 to 200 foot diameter circle of cones is set up. Drivers briskly drive around them to learn skid recovery and throttle control.
Slalom Exercises: A long line of cones is set up 10-30 feet apart. Students drive quickly through them to learn proper steering inputs as well to reinforce looking ahead while driving.