The award-winning Ford Driving Skills For Life program is stopping in Tucson this Saturday and Sunday!
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among American teenagers. The Ford Driving Skills for Life program, a teen safe-driving initiative, offers free training for parents and teens.
The program, which is entering its second decade, includes web-based and hands-on training as well as educational materials. This year also features the introduction of curriculum surrounding the new trend of taking mobile self-portraits known as “driving selfies,” as well as exposure to the Simulated Driving Impairment Suit, which mimics physical impairment associated with the effects of consuming alcohol. Developed by the Ford Motor Company and the Meyer-Hentschel Institute in Germany, the suit limits a person’s mobility, balance, and hearing in addition to restricting vision.
Specially equipped vehicles and professional instructors will be on site to offer teen drivers hands-on driving exercises that build their skills in four key areas: driver distraction, speed and space management, vehicle handling, and hazard recognition.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nearly 3,000 teens, ages 15-19, are killed on American roads each year. Statistics from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety show that 89 drivers between ages 15 and 24 were killed in car crashes in 2013, with an additional 7,690 young drivers injured in vehicle accidents.
Ford Driving Skills for Life will offer two days of free hands-on advanced driver training at the Tucson Public Safety Training Academy on Nov. 8-9, 2014. Registration is limited and signed consent forms are required, in addition to a driver’s license or permit.
There are four different sessions available:
- Saturday, November 8, 7:30am-12:30pm
- Saturday. November 8, 1:00pm-5:30pm
- Sunday, November 9, 7:30am-12:30pm
- Sunday, November 9, 1:00pm-5:30pm
“We look forward to helping these teens learn proper decision making techniques regarding safe driving,” said Jim Graham, manager of Ford Driving Skills for Life. “We put them in situations that they may face on the road and teach them how to respond properly, with the help of professional drivers.”