CHENNAI, India —Braving the scorching heat of May, 500 cadets from the Indian Air Force station at Avadi turned up to participate in the Ford Driving Skills for Life training programme last week, resulting in one of the largest and most successful DSFL sessions this year.
Around 10 volunteers from Ford India, including two DSFL trainers, conducted two individual sessions for the new recruits, staff and senior officials from the academy and imparted training on driving safety, fuel economy and eco-friendliness. Nearly 500 people were awarded DSFL certificates on the successful completion of the course at the end of the day.
The trainers, K.S Saravanan and S Gopinath, made the sessions interactive and dynamic and were able to keep the participants engaged.
“Our curriculum has a lot of practical tips and tricks that can come in handy while driving on the road and improving fuel efficiency. We thank the IAF authorities for their collaboration in making the sessions a success,” said Sarvanan K S, a DSFL trainer .
The sessions started with theory, giving the trainees the basic footing on the three pillars of DSFL- Safety, Economy & Eco-friendliness, followed by a practical session on breaking distance and other safety precautions while driving. This was followed by a Q & A session where participants clarified their doubts on various areas of safe and responsible driving. Post-lunch, the trainers took the next batch of trainees through the session.
Senior Air Force officers thanked the trainers and Ford India for their commitment to the cause of road safety. “It is a noble cause which Ford has undertaken to create awareness on road safety. We would like to thank Ford for coming here and providing us with these inputs which can prove useful in our day-to-day lives,” said one of cadets.
The Air Force cadets were equally enthusiastic about the training session which they felt helped hone their driving skills. “This was a very impressive session, it has provided us a lot of valuable information on how best we can improve fuel economy and be conscious about the environment we live in,” said a participating cadet.
Launched in August 2009, more than 8,000 people have successfully completed the DSFL training in India. This year, the program aims to enroll more drivers, including those in tier two and three cities and towns of India and further spread the message of safe driving.
IAF officials felicitate Ford representatives for conducting the training
A DSFL practical training session in progress at the Air force station, Avadi