Ford Driving Skills for Life Teaches Teens Good Driving Habits
by Kristin Shaw
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:
- Hazard Recognition
- Vehicle Handling
- Space Management
- Speed Management
- Reaction Time
- Braking and Stopping Distances
- 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.
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