Ford Driving Skills for Life Offers Free Hands-On Driver Education for Newly Licensed Drivers


Ford launched Ford Driving Skills for Life as a free hands-on safe driving clinic that tours the nation in 2003. Now 17 years later, the program has continued to grow and develop reaching over 46 countries and all 50 U.S. states thus far. For the 2020 U.S. tour, the program will kick off on January 25th in Orlando, Florida and make over 80 stops with sessions held in Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.


Ford Driving Skills for Life focuses on skills and information not currently offered in standard driver education. Instead, it focuses on the leading factors related to teen crashes including vehicle handling, hazard recognition, speed, space management, distraction, and impairment. Newly licensed drivers are paired with a professional driving instructor as they work to further develop their skills in these areas.


“Despite progress in recent years, teens continue to be overrepresented in motor vehicle crashes and fatalities across the country and vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death for newly licensed drivers,” said Jim Graham, global manger for Ford Driving Skills for Life. “We look forward to continuing and expanding our efforts to help reduce the number of crashes and fatalities through real-world training and improved decision-making skills. Working with all of our partner organizations we believe we are making a substantial contribution to safer driving.”


The program will look at both the positives and negatives of technology, teaching young drivers about how driver assist technologies help reduce accidents, as well as how inappropriately using your cell phone while driving can lead to serious accidents and fatalities. Ford Driving Skills commissioned a 2019 global survey that found that 65% of U.S. and 79% of Canadian Gen Z drivers agreed that using a cell phone while driving was a serious offense that should be seriously punished. The study also showed that while two-thirds of U.S. and nearly four-fifths of Canadian Gen Z drivers believed using your cell phone to be dangerous, 62% of U.S and 58% of Canadian Gen Z drivers admitted to doing it. In order to lower these statistics, Ford Driving Skills for Life will continue to educate these young drivers about the harm in using their phones while driving.


“Teen and new driver inexperience often result in dangerous behaviors such as speeding, alcohol use and not wearing a seat belt – all of which contribute to increased risk for new drivers,” said Jonathan Adkins, executive director, Governors Highway Safety Association. “For this reason, the association and State Highway Safety Offices are looking forward to bringing this powerful program to even more teens and their parents – coast to coast and around the globe.”


Ford Driving Skills Program will work with its national partner, the Governors Highway Safety Association as it tours across the United States. The program is also set to tour in more than 30 countries spanning North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. To stay up-to-date with the latest information regarding Ford’s community involvement, be sure to follow Carman Ford in New Castle’s blog posts. Keep your newly licensed teenager safe with a new Ford vehicle! Stop by Carman Ford and we’ll be happy to assist with any questions you may have!

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