"We're coming into cold and flu season. What if you take DayQuil? How does that affect you?" Coulter said. "You and I probably know you probably should not be driving if you're taking these things, but a teenager may not necessarily know it.
"There's so many things that say they may cause drowsiness that people don't believe it anymore. But you've got to know your own body."
Teens also learn the importance of staying focused behind the wheel.
"We ask kids who play music and sports. 'When you're on the soccer field, do you think about anything else?'" Coulter said. "Then why, when you're driving, are you thinking about anything else besides driving a car?'"
Parents are welcome to stay and, in some cases, may ride with the student in the back seat, Coulter said. The instructor always remains up front, he added.
"Moms sometimes are tired of hearing the tires squeal and that's OK," Coulter said. "Dads get a kick out of it."
The program, in its 16th year, has trained over 25,000 new drivers in over 1,000 schools, the release said. The class runs rain or shine, Coulter said.
For the 9th year, Michelin North America is supporting the Street Survival program by providing funding for pavement rental for each school throughout the United States. Route 66 Speedway offers the site for free, Coulter said.
Space is limited to 30 registered participants. If the class is full, students go on a waiting list and receive an email when registration opens for the next class, to be held in the spring or summer 2019, Coulter said.
Coulter said his own teens have taken the program. The instructors have various qualifications and teach on a volunteer basis.
"This is a labor of love," he said.