Guidelines & Safety

Mission Statement

The mission and purpose of the Metro NY PCA Region's Driver Education Program is to provide a safe, structured and controlled teaching environment in which participants can learn advanced car control techniques. The Program is designed so that participants can improve their driving abilities and acquire a better understanding of vehicle dynamics and driving safety. Metro NY Region Driver Education events are not racing, preparation for racing, nor a competition of any kind. No times or placings are recorded and no awards or prizes are received by the participants at Metro NY Region Driver Education events. Any conduct considered by Metro NY Region to be either unsafe or inconsistent with the spirit or purpose of the Metro NY Region Driver Education Program as stated herein will not be permitted. The Metro NY Region Driver Education Program is designed to afford participants the opportunity to experience first-hand the capabilities of high performance automobiles in a controlled environment and to acquire skills that will improve their driving abilities.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

ALL INSTRUCTORS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE THEIR CAR TECHNICALLY INSPECTED AT AN APPROVED REPAIR SHOP BEFORE THEIR FIRST EVENT OF THE YEAR AND BRING THE STAMPED FORM TO THEIR FIRST EVENT.
FOR SUBSEQUENT EVENTS THIS YEAR, INSTRUCTORS MAY SELF-TECH, BUT ARE STILL REQUIRED TO BRING THEIR COMPLETED TECH FORMS.

National PCA requires all cars equipped with a 5 or 6-point safety harness to have appropriate race seats. You may not use a 5 or 6-point harness with stock factory seats. All Aftermarket harnesses MUST be kept up to date. Most have a 5 year expiration on the webbing. If the webbing is out of date, you will not be allowed to use it on track.
All cars must have equal restraints for both driver and passenger. If the driver seat has a 5 or 6-point harness, the passenger seat must also have one installed.

Harnesses must include a sub strap and be mounted in an approved manner consistent with SCCA requirements and the manufacturer's instructions. A seat designed for use with a harness must be properly installed in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. This means that a seat is required to have the proper routing for the harness, both through the back and base of the seat for the respective shoulder and anti-sub belts. Shoulder straps should be mounted at 90 degrees to the axis of your spine or at most 40 degrees down from the horizontal. Because the addition of the harness means that the occupants are fastened upright in the vehicle, a roll bar or roll cage is strongly encouraged to complete the SYSTEM. The use of one without the other may result in an unsafe environment and is not a complete SYSTEM.

Installation of an incomplete safety SYSTEM, for example properly installed harnesses without a roll bar or roll cage, may result in an Instructor electing not to provide instruction in the car. Participation in the event as a student or individuals not signed-off to drive solo could be limited to the number of Instructor's electing to instruct in such an equipped vehicle. Additionally, signed-off students who seek instruction may also be impacted based on the availability of Instructors willing to instruct in such an equipped vehicle.

Each driver must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid drivers license, current PCA membership, and Snell Foundation 2010 or newer approved helmet. Snell 2005 and older helmets are no longer acceptable for Metro DE Events.

The following conditions must also be met:

Roll bars are required in Cabriolets, which must also run with the top up unless arm restraints are installed. All 996/997 Cabriolets must run with hard tops in place unless there is a permanent roll bar installed.

For Boxsters - the top of the driver's helmet must clear a line drawn from the top of the factory roll bar or extension to the top of the windshield with the driver sitting in a normal upright position and properly belted in.

Vehicles must be tech inspected by a Metro New York Region or Zone 1 approved repair shop prior to an event. If coming from an outside region, vehicle may be tech inspected at a shop in your local region as long as the shop is approved to preform DE tech inspections for the region.

Please check our website or the Porsche Post for complete details and forms relating to the Metro NY Driver Education Program as well as late breaking news.

We look forward to another great and safe Driver Education season and hope you will be a part of it. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact us; all contact information is listed in the front of the Porsche Post.