Ford Driving Skills for Life Teaches Teens Good Driving Habits

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Bring your teen to a no-cost Ford clinic to help them learn critical driving skills

I remember taking Drivers' Education class in the summer of 1986, a few months before I turned 16. I could NOT WAIT to drive and looked forward to class every time. My high school had a fleet of Ford Tempos in the parking lot, and we were taught the basic skills we needed to know how to drive. 

What I didn't learn was how to handle distracted driving and how to be a good defensive driver. These skills were sometimes learned the hard way, and to be honest, there were definitely near-misses when I was messing around with the radio or spinning on the snow-covered roads in Indiana. The more instruction, the better driver I could have been then. So I was excited to hear about Ford's driving program just for teenagers, and when my son is ready to drive (thank heaven that's not for a few more years) I will definitely enroll him in one of these classes. 

The Ford Driving Skills for Life advanced driver training program for teens and young adults is a no-cost, half-day clinic that provides skills beyond those taught in traditional driver education courses and is an important step in the life-long process of learning to drive safely.

Teens will drive vehicles on a closed course under the supervision of professional instructors, improving their skills in these key areas:   

  1. Hazard Recognition
  2. Vehicle Handling
  3. Space Management
  4. Speed Management
  5. Reaction Time
  6. Braking and Stopping Distances
  7. Avoiding the Dangers of Distracted and Impaired Driving

TRAINING EVENTS CALENDAR

March 10-11: Dallas, Texas - Registration OPEN

April 28-29: Richmond, Virginia - Registration will open soon

June - July: Summer Tour: Des Moines, Iowa; Chicago, Illinois; Louisville, Kentucky; and Columbus, Ohio.

September: Boston, Massachusetts

October: Nashville, Tennessee and Sacramento, California

November: Phoenix, Arizona - Registration will open in September  

Schedule is subject to change*

Participants must have a drivers permit or license. This is a free program provided by Ford Motor Company. For more information please visit www.drivingskillsforlife.com.

Check out the Thrills and Wheels Event Calendar for dates for automotive events across the country! 

Kristin Shaw