Ford’s 13-stop 2018 U.S. Ford Driving Skills for Life tour could be coming to a city near you.
It’s the 15th anniversary of the program that’s designed for newly licensed drivers. They’re paired with professional driving instructors to learn critical driving skills. They include vehicle handling, hazard recognition, and speed and space management. Plus, Ford also focuses on driver distraction and impairment education.
The tour stops in Dallas-Fort Worth March 10 and 11. You can register here.
Later this year, it will make stops in Sacramento, Phoenix, Nashville, Chicago, as well as other cities.
New Virtual Reality Tools
Several new virtual reality tools are new to the U.S. program this year. They include distracted driving technology, a new hangover suit, and a program that teaches the ins and outs of maneuvering through roundabouts.
U.S. Tour Stops
This year’s tour stops will reach Arizona, California, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. A Midwest summer tour will take it to Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, and Ohio.
A pilot program will also be introduced this year in rural communities starting in North Carolina and South Carolina. For updates on tour locations, visit Driving Skills for Life.
Teen Crash Statistics
Despite progress to reduce teen driving deaths, Ford cites scary statistics from its partner, the Governer’s Highway Safety Association. It says teen drivers have crash rates three times higher than drivers age 20 and older per mile driven. Plus, deadly crashes involving 16- to 20-year-olds drivers went up by 3.6 percent in 2016.
About the Program
The Ford Motor Company Fund has committed more than $50 million to date to the program. It’s offered free driver training to more than 1 million new licensed drivers in 40 countries.
This year Ford Driving Skills for Life will expand globally to Cambodia, Czech Republic, and Morocco. Ford also just launched the program for women in Saudi Arabia. It’s the first event of its kind since a royal decree lifted the ban on women obtaining a driver’s license in that country.
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