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Ford Sponsors Tour to Increase Teen Driving Skills

14th Year Helping Drivers Stay Safe

Although the date isn’t set yet, Phoenix is definitely on the list for one of the Ford “Driving Skills for Life” free hands-on clinics. Young drivers who hold a permit or a license work with professional instructors to learn advanced driving skills. The result of encountering real-world situations in a controlled environment is a teen driver who is more ready to react in a proper and safe way when things get dicey on the road. For more information on the free clinic, talk to the pros at Chapman Ford in Scottsdale or visit www.drivingskillsforlife.com.

Teen Drivers More Likely Involved in Fatal Crash

It’s important that programs like Driving Skills for Life get through to teen drivers on the importance of staying focused on the road, as that group is 1.6 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than older adults. A study by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) shows that teen crashes increased by 10 percent last year. “Despite progress in recent years, teens continue to be overrepresented in motor vehicle crashes and fatalities across the country,” according to the GHSA executive director, Jonathan Adkins. “For this reason, the association and the State Highway Safety Office are looking forward to bringing this powerful program to even more teens and their parents – coast to coast and around the globe.”

Program Focuses on Eliminating Distraction

Distracted driving is the number one cause of wrecks among teen drivers, so the Driving Skills for Life program works on keeping teens focused on the task at hand. “Driving safely is not about downloading the latest app,” said program manager James Graham. “We look forward to expanding our efforts to help reduce the number of crashes and fatalities through teaching real-world training and improved decision-making skills. Working with all our partner organizations in 35 countries, we believe we are making a substantial contribution to safer driving.” Along with focusing on distractions, the program also works with teens on vehicle handling, speed management, hazard recognition and space management. The dangers of impaired driving are another focal point. Virtual reality training tools are another method that helps teens avoid collisions.

Academy Offers Web-based Curriculum

Along with the hand-on training session, young drivers can learn from the web-based curriculum at the academy on the drivingskillsforlife.com website. School safety kits, safe driving resources and tools to help parents promote safe driving are also available on the website. Of course, all the tools in the world aren’t helpful if a teen is driving an unsafe car. Check out the modern safety features and driver assistance systems on the new Ford lineup at Chapman Ford in Scottsdale.

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