From The Kentucky Post
DETROIT – The Ford Motor Company Fund is investing an additional $1 million to expand the company’s comprehensive Ford Driving Skills for Life National Tour. Teens in high schools across 15 states will be taught proper driving skills via free hands-on driving clinics with professional drivers at their own high school parking lots.
The goal of the program is to reduce traffic crash fatalities involving teenage drivers, focusing on building the skills of young drivers in the areas of driver distraction, speed space management, vehicle handling and hazard recognition.
“Inexperience is the leading cause of crashes in young drivers, and this program delivers the key skill sets that will increase their knowledge, confidence and, ultimately, their safety,” said Sue Cischke, group vice president, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering. “Ford is passionate about helping young drivers learn the rules of the road, better manage distractions behind the wheel and help make America’s roads safer for all of us.”
According to government statistics, more than 3,000 teens ages 15-19 are killed on the nation’s roads each year.
The expanded version of the Ford Driving Skills for Life National Tour starts this month and features free driving exercises, web-based training and information on driving safety, traveling to a total of 30 high schools. Ford is working with the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) to bring the program to even more students than ever before.
“This new commitment will bring Ford DSFL into many more communities. State highway safety offices will be able to use this program to complement ongoing laws and programs,” said GHSA Chairman Vernon F. Betkey Jr. “While teen driving safety is a key priority, too often our communities lack the resources to conduct these types of hands-on, high-tech trainings. We are grateful to Ford for helping fill these critical gaps.”
Ford developed the Driving Skills for Life initiative in 2003 in partnership with the GHSA.