ROMEO, Mich. - The sons and daughters of hundreds of Ford employees learned valuable lessons this past weekend about the potential driving dangers during a two-day Ford Driving Skills for Life hands-on driving clinic at Ford's Michigan Proving Grounds.
Ford Driving Skills for Life educated teen drivers in specially-designed driving exercises guided by professional drivers. The exercises focused on the four areas that cause the majority of teen traffic fatalities: distracted driving, space and speed management, hazard recognition and vehicle handling.
"I was very impressed with the Ford Driving Skills for Life program. The lessons learned are vital to the safety of both young and older drivers. I highly recommend the program," said Paul Mascarenas, chief technical officer and vice president, Research & Advanced Engineering, who attended the event with his daughter.
Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teens age 15 to 19 and more than 3,000 teens in this age group die annually on the roadways.
Ford Driving Skills for Life was created in 2003 in partnership with the Governors Highway Safety Association through the Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. It is one of the nation's most comprehensive teen driver safety programs.
In addition to hands-on events, the program offers learning tools such as an interactive website (www.drivingskillsforlife.com) with learning modules, quizzes, car care and driving tip videos and games. Free educator packets are available for students, parents, educators and community organizations.