Ford Driving Skills for Life

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Ford Driving Skills for Life (Ford DSFL) teaches teens the skills they need to be safe on the roads. The program features a website, hands-on driving events, and other materials – focusing on these key skill areas: driver distraction, speed and space management, vehicle handling, and hazard recognition.

See below for the latest activities.

State Grants

For the tenth year in a row, Ford DSFL is awarding grants to State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) to bring elements of the program to their states. In 2016, five states — Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Maryland — were awarded grants. Learn More >

A selection panel is currently reviewing 2017 applications, and grant recipients will be announced soon. Funded programs will run throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

National Tour

Impairment SuitThis year, Ford DSFL will teach more newly-licensed teen drivers not to panic when they feel the pulsating anti-lock brakes for the first time, what to do when tires lose traction, the effects of distracted driving and so much more! Teens will learn these skills by getting behind the wheel, in a safe environment, with professional instructors sitting right next to them.

As an added bonus, the team is bringing its state-of-the-art Drunk Driving Simulation Suit and the new Drugged Driving Simulation Suit with them on the tour. Suited up volunteers will be able to virtually experience the effects of drunk and drugged driving. Volunteers will put on the suit and go through a field sobriety test, as well as other interactive activities.

To learn more or get notified when the tour is going to be near you, visit

2016 National Tour Highlights

Where We've Been

Phoenix, AZ | Nov. 12-13 | Phoenix Fire Training Academy

Dover, DE | Oct. 8-9 | Dover International Speedway

Buffalo, NY | Oct. 1-2 | Darien Lake Theme Park

Fresno, CA | Sept. 17-18 | Save Mart Center

Portland, OR | Sept. 10-11 | Port of Portland

Honolulu, HI | July 29-30 | Aloha Stadium

Dallas, TX | July 11-12 | West Mesquite High School

San Diego, CA | July 6-7 | Qualcomm Stadium

Cranberry Township | May 21-22 | Manheim Auto Auction

Smyrna, TN | Apr. 30-May 1 | Tennessee Army National Guard

Stone Mountain, GA | Apr. 26-27 | Stone Mountain Park

Montgomery, AL | April 21 | Patterson Field

Raleigh, NC | Mar. 29-30 | PNC Arena

Dulles, VA | Mar. 19-20 | Dulles Airport

Photo Highlights

Arizona DSFLJonathan Adkins DSFL DEPam Fischer DSFL NY

Left: Impaired driving simulation in AZ. Middle: GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins encouraged DE teens to buckle up. Right: Teen safe driving expert Pam Fischer visits the NY event.

Fresno DSFLPortland DSFLHonolulu DSFL

Left: Parents get involved in the Fresno, CA training. Middle: Portland teens learn advanced vehicle handling skills. Right: All smiles at the HI event!

San Diego DSFLTennessee DSFLGeorgia DSFL

Left: Ford DSFL Global Program Manager Jim Graham and GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins at the San Diego event. Middle: Goggles help students see how dangerous it is to drive impaired. Right: A view from Stone Mountain, GA.

Alabama DSFLRaleigh DSFLDulles DSFL

Left: GHSA Member Bill Whately (right) of AL welcomes students with Ford DSFL Global Program Manager Jim Graham. Middle: A view from inside one of the hands-on exercises in Raleigh. Right: U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock gets behind the wheel at Dulles.

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