My daughter has been safely driving for a few years now, but ever since my youngest started working on obtaining a real Michigan Driving License I have been stretched in the area of truth and faith.
For now he is a permit driver which means he has to drive with either his dad or me only for a minimum set of hours before moving onto the next phase of his journey to a full driver’s license. Seriously, wasn’t he just driving in his Cozy Coupe a few years ago?
Anyway, I wanted to share with you about a new initiative called Ford Driving Skills for Life.
WDIV/Local 4 Detroit has partnered with Ford to raise driving awareness during Local 4 Friday Football Frenzy.
Vehicle crashes are the No. 1 killer of teenagers in America. Nearly 5,000 teens die annually in such accidents, according to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Because of inexperience, many teens lack the skills and knowledge required to be safe drivers. Statistics demonstrate that teen involvement in crashes declines considerably as young drivers gain experience.
Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) was established in 2003 by Ford Motor Company Fund, the Governors Highway Safety Association, and a panel of safety experts to teach newly licensed teens the necessary skills for safe driving beyond what they learn in standard driver education programs.
They are also looking for people to post their school spirit photos to Instagram tagging @FordDSFL using the Hashtag #drivingschoolspirit to help raise awareness.
Ford DSFL helps young drivers improve their skills in four key areas that are critical factors in more than 60% of vehicle crashes including:
1) Hazard Recognition
- The point of no return
- How to scan for trouble
- Minimizing distractions
- Safety zones
- Minimum vision lead time
- Approaching and turning left at intersection
2) Vehicle Handling
- Contact road patches
- How acceleration, deceleration, braking and turns affect vehicle balance
- Adjusting to a vehicle’s size and weight
- Conventional braking systems versus anti-lock braking sysyems
- Emergency braking techniques
3) Speed Management
- How to stay in contact with the road
- Driving at a speed that doesn’t endanger or impede others
- How to recover from skids in front- and rear-wheel drive vehicles
- Using proper signals and covering the brake
4) Space Management
- Maintaining space around, ahead of and behind your vehicle
- Learning how to adjust speed
- Maintaining a safe distance between vehicles
- How to avoid being rear-ended and avoiding a head-on crash
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