If you’re the parent of a teenage driver, or remember being a teenage driver yourself, you probably know driver safety isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when they get behind the wheel. At that age, we all thought we were invincible, but—sometimes through unfortunate circumstances or events—we eventually learned we weren’t.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, teen drivers have crash rates three times higher than those 20 and older—a scary statistic for anyone who knows a teen driver. From texting while driving to multiple passengers in a vehicle, a teen’s attention (really anyone’s attention) can be quickly diverted from the road.
Ford Motor Company and the Ford Motor Company Fund recognize the need to help young motorists gain experience and knowledge on the road. Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) was started in 2003 to teach newly licensed teens safe-driving skills beyond what they learned in their driver-education program. Fifteen years later, Ford is celebrating training more than a million young drivers in 40 countries.
Both hands-on and web-based curricula are available at no cost to participants. The program helps young drivers improve their skills in those critical areas that factor into more than 60 percent of vehicle crashes: hazard recognition, vehicle handling, speed management and space management, as well as distracted and impaired driving.
“I hope this program allows teens to gain skills and make the right decisions when they’re behind the wheel,” said Nolan Katerberg, who manages the program. “Learning to drive successfully is a lifelong process and we want to be sure teens take away important lessons from their experience.”
In DSFL’s hands-on clinics, young drivers work with professional instructors in actual vehicles to learn skills in a controlled, safe environment. During its 2018 U.S. tour, DSFL will reach more than 5,500 students at 60 hands-on sessions.
To learn more about Ford’s Driving Skills for Life program and to sign up for event alerts in Michigan, visit drivingskillsforlife.com.
Ford is pleased to offer Michigan Farm Bureau members $500 Bonus Cash savings off vehicle MSRP toward the purchase or lease of any eligible 2017/208/2019 Ford vehicle. To learn more, visit the Ford member savings page.