Ford has announced that the Driving Skills for Life program, which teaches safe driving to teenagers around the nation, will continue for 2020. This year, the tour will appear in 18 cities around the U.S. with a total of 80 clinics in all.
These free, hands-on driving clinics have taught thousands of teenagers the skills needed to become safer, smarter drivers. Training includes information on the latest vehicle technologies, how various types of vehicles interact (including cars, bicycles, scooters, and motorcycles) as well as ride sharing protocols.
“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, 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.”
This will be the 17th year of the Driving Skills for Life program from Ford. The tour began on January 25 in Orlando, Florida. This year’s clinics have been modified in reaction to surveys made in 2019 about how Generation Z drivers view the world and driving in it. Including the fact that while most Gen Z drivers agree that using handheld devices while driving is very dangerous, most still use them on the road.
Working in the U.S. with its national partner, the Governors Highway Safety Association, the Ford Driving Skills for Life tour will reach Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia this year. In addition to the hands-on driving clinics, a free online “Academy” is available for teens and parents at www.drivingskillsforlife.com/academy.