JAKARTA, Indonesia — State-owned oil and gas company Pertamina was so impressed with Ford's Driving Skills for Life Programme (DSFL) event in Sumatra last year that they asked if be provided to more of its employees across Indonesia.
Ford was happy to oblige.
Around 80 drivers from Pertamina's operation in Bunyu Island, East Kalimantan, joined the latest DSFL event where they were briefed on a range of practical tips applicable to their duties: the correct use of a 4x4 engine, and how to maximise torsion and engine brake in rugged terrain.
These tips were in addition to the other critical components of DSFL – now entering its fifth year in Indonesia – in raising awareness of safe and fuel efficient driving techniques through classroom and practical learning.
"We are grateful that Ford Motor Indonesia was quick to follow up on our request. The DSFL training is really beneficial as it is applicable in our daily operation," said Muhammad Ruwahyono, field manager, Pertamina in Bunyu Island. "We look forward to strengthening our business relationship."
Ford hosted another recent DSFL event at Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Museum, inside a culture-based recreational area of East Jakarta, with more than 120 members of the Ford Community Indonesia (FCI) and Indonesia Ford Fiesta Community (Infinity) participating.
Opening the event, Bagus Susanto, managing director, FMI, reiterated the importance of safe driving.
"Driving Skills for Life aims to raise awareness of safe driving by providing easy-to-learn and practical techniques, as well as fuel-efficient driving tips. With our DSFL training, our aim is to teach safe and responsible driving habits," he said.
The DSFL programme has been tailored to suit local driving environments, and is delivered through both classroom and practical learning. The driving training includes anticipating road conditions, applying fuel-efficient driving techniques, avoiding speeding, and keeping a vehicle properly maintained for optimal fuel economy.
Since 2008, Ford’s global DSFL programme in Indonesia has trained nearly 4,500 participants, including Ford customers, fleet companies, university students, international organisations, dealer representatives, media, members of the police and armed forces, and Ford employees, to help enhance their skills and techniques as drivers.