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 Ford Strengthens Clients' Driving Skills on Rugged Borneo Island

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SAMARINDA, East Kalimantan — On Borneo island, driving conditions can be challenging, with vast swaths of hilly terrain and large stretches of unsealed road to contend with.

As part of its on-going commitment to safe driving, Ford Motor Indonesia (FMI) conducted a Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) programme on Borneo island for one of its fleet customers, Trakindo Utama, the authorized dealer for Caterpillar products in Indonesia. Caterpillar is the world's largest manufacturer of mining, forestry, agriculture and construction equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial engines and generator sets.

“In our efforts to help raise awareness about safe driving, we provide Driving Skills for Life training to all of our fleet customers, including many large mining companies, such as Banpu, Chevron, and Pertamina,” said Roy Lontoh, fleet manager, FMI. “We provided DSFL training for Trakindo Utama in April in Pekanbaru, and they were so impressed that they asked for more training.”

Working in close collaboration with Indonesia Smart Driving Consultant (ISDC), the DSFL session was carried out at Trakindo Utama’s office in Samarinda with a total of 21 drivers participating.

Samarinda is the capital of East Kalimantan, a resource-rich province on the island of Borneo. However, despite experiencing a boom in its mining industry, Indonesia's second-largest province still lags behind in terms of transportation infrastructure.

“My job is to take technicians to make checks at the clients’ sites. We have to go through a lot of hilly terrain and unsealed road to get to the sites,” said Teguh Nugroho, a field driver.

“The drivers are facing off-road conditions in their daily work. In addition to the Top 10 driving tips we share on every DSFL training, we also shared unique tips on driving a 4x4 truck and features of the Ford Ranger that might be useful for them,” said Momon Maderoni, ISDC instructor.

“I found the tips on using engine break to be very useful. I have more control with my speed when driving down very steep and long slopes,” said

DSFL training conducted for Trakindo Utama on September 21. This is the second DSFL training provided for Trakindo Utama this year.

 

Dwi Hartono, one of the participants. “I personally would like to thank Ford Motor Indonesia for conducting the programme. I hope Ford can conduct the programme more often.”

  

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10/11/2011 3:35 AM