With high school proms and graduation coming up, parents are likely to relax the rules and give their teens more latitude and driving privileges. Yet the fact is that a 16-year-old is ten times more likely to become involved in a crash as an adult driver, and crashes are the number one killer of teens aged 15 to 20, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Maybe a little hands-on driving experience taught by professional driving instructors can help make a difference and avoid tragedy.
That’s the intent behind the Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) program, developed with the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). During the month of April, Ford DSFL will provide more than 1,000 teens advanced safe driving skills during free, hands-on driving modules.
Ford DSFL will visit schools in Spokane and Washington’s Tri-Cities with an entire day filled with multifaceted activities focused on four key areas: hazard recognition, vehicle handling, speed and space management, and driver distraction.
High school teams in Illinois that have developed winning safety campaigns will be awarded the opportunity to learn new skills from professional drivers on a specially equipped course.
Ford issues $100,000 in grants
There’s more going on this month as Ford awards a total of $100,000 in grants to GSHA members in the states of Minnesota, New York, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin to conduct teen safe driving initiatives that incorporate the DSFL program. Each highway safety agency will receive $20,000.
Recognized as the nation’s most comprehensive driving skills programs, the Ford DSFL has trained more than 500,000 new drivers to-date through its professional hands-on drivers instruction and web-based curriculum. Learn more about the program at www.drivingskillsforlife.com.
To see first-hand a bit more about what goes on during the Ford DSFL program, how teens, educators, law enforcement officials and parents feel about its value, check out the YouTube video below.