Driver's Education Team
- Published: 10 February 2019 10 February 2019
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NCR Drivers Education Mandatory HANS Device Statement
- Published: 01 February 2019 01 February 2019
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The PCA National Drivers Education Committee has updated the Driver Education Minimum Standards.
All DE participants in 2019 must review this update as it may affect your car and equipment preparation for the upcoming DE season.
The section of the Driver Education Minimum Standards document to take particular attention to is the use of a Head and Neck restraint system commonly known as a HANS device, is now mandatory for both student and instructor when a five, six or seven-point harness are being used. Exceptions and detail for some Four-point systems are also listed in the document.
"The participant should BE AWARE that the addition of such a seat and harness system results in the occupant being fastened upright in the vehicle. Therefore, in order to have a COMPLETE SYSTEM, a properly padded roll bar or roll cage is recommended, and an approved head and neck restraint device is required. A head and neck restraint device certified as meeting the standards of either SFI 38.1 or FIA 8858 or its successor is required. The use of such a harness system without roll protection and a head and neck restraint device may result in an unsafe environment and is not a COMPLETE SYSTEM. Roll bars or cages and their installation must meet PCA Club Racing Standards.
When using a head and neck restraint device, it is recommended that one follow the SFI Recertification process for the head and neck restraint device. The instructions for this can be found on the device. Additionally, it is recommended that the straps be replaced every five years."
NCR Chief Instructor and DE Committee comments:
- A Head and Neck restraint system commonly known as a HANS device, is now mandatory for both student and instructor when a five, six or seven-point harness is in use.
- A suitable roll bar or roll cage is Strongly Recommended when race seats and harnesses are in use but is not mandatory.
A suitable roll bar or roll cage along with a Race Seats and Harnesses provides the driver and instructor with a complete safety system.
- It is recommended that sedans and coupes with racing seats and harnesses without a roll bar or roll cage have *functioning factory provided three-point seat belts in the car.
- Sedans and coupes with racing seats, harnesses and *functioning three-point factory belts that do not have a roll bar or roll cage, are allowed to use factory *functioning belts with an instructor but both occupants must use the same restraint method.
- Students and drivers that utilize racing seats and harnesses without suitable roll protection and do not have *functioning factory provided three-point seat belts in the car, will not be provided an instructor; this includes check-out rides.
* Functioning three-Point belt requires the same fitment as provided by the stock seat.
HANS Device Required for multi-point harness (in 2019)
- Published: 28 April 2018 28 April 2018
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PCA Chief Driving Instructors and Region Officials,
The number one priority of PCA's HPDE Program is track safety. A core belief in the DE program is that a person can purchase a stock Porsche and take it to the track for an HPDE weekend, after an appropriate tech inspection of course.
Some people choose to modify their cars to increase performance and others to increase safety. A popular modification made to track cars is the addition of a multi-point harness system. Starting January 1, 2019, the DE Minimum Standards will be expanded to state that if a driver uses a harness system, he or she will ALSO be required to utilize a head and neck restraint system, commonly referred to as a HANS device.
A head and neck restraint device is an integral part of the harness system. Because the rule of equal restraint always applies, if a driver uses a harness system there must also be a harness system available and used by the passenger. Thus, both the driver and passenger will be required to use a HANS device. We highly encourage all DE participants to not wait until 2019 to comply with this new minimum standard. Head and neck restraint system devices are now more affordable and easily purchased online.
The DE Committee's decision was made over the course of two years after careful review of options, conversations with DE participants and discussion of a variety of perspectives. Please pass on this information to your DE drivers and instructors as soon as possible to avoid any confusion.
As a reminder, members of the DE Committee can be found here: https://www.pca.org/national-
Thank you for all your time and effort to make your region’s DE program a safe and successful one. If you have feedback, please let me know!
Catch you in the Curves!
Great Plains Region – Porsche Club of America
Chief Driving Instructor
PCA National DE Committee Chair
NCR Drivers Education Registration is open!
- Published: 31 January 2019 31 January 2019
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It's February 1st; the days are still too short; it's too cold; and there is a limited amount of grip on the white stuff that is everywhere.
It's also opening day for NCR's Drivers Education 2019 registration and I always use this day to remind myself that winter is waining and those long hot days that require cool shirts are not far off.
This year North Country Region(NCR) will be hosting four events for a total of eight track days. The first event will be on Monday and Tuesday (July 22&23) at Lime Rock Park. The event is a few weeks later than in past years, so plan for two hot days at this historic track. Two weeks later (August 1st) we will visit New Hampshire Motor Speedway for a mid week single day event that will provide those of you running older Porsches track time separate from those new and improved models. We will wrap up our 2019 season with two events at Club Motorsports in Tamworth. The first visit will be a three day event (Friday is for advanced drivers only) just after Labor Day weekend (September 6-8) and we will finish our season with two days at Club Motorsports with all it's colorful folliage (don't forget to make those hotel reservations early) on October 19&20).
For those of you that are considering attending your first event, we offer 50 percent discount for that event. We also recommend that you attend the Ground School Event at HMS on March 9th and the Novice Day at Thompson Motorsports Parking on May 25th. These events are hosted by the Northeast Region (registration information at this link)
Visit MotorSportReg.Com now to register for NCR's 2019 Drivers Education events