March 25th, 2011

How to Drive a Car | Ford’s National High School Safe Driving Tour

For Teens learning how to drive a car there is good news from the Ford Foundation.  They have added 1 million to the Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) program. The money is to expand the DSFL program to 15 states and about 30 high schools.  Teens learning how to drive a car will be taught driving skills at free driving clinics given by professional drivers.  The clinics will be held in high school parking lots.

The objective of the DSFL program is to reduce driver fatalities among teens driving a car.  The program is to build the skills of teen drivers in 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 at Ford. “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.”

How to Drive a Car | Learning to Drive a Car | Ford Tour

How to Drive a Car | Ford Safe Driving Tour

The DSFL program also has web-based training for teens on how to drive a car and information on driving a car safely.  Ford has partnered with the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) since 2003 on the DSFL program.

“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.”



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