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.
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.
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.
Special emphasis for 2017 includes instruction for drivers ages 18-20, who are involved in more fatal crashes than younger teens. In addition, many organizations serving teens will incorporate “The Academy,” a web-based curriculum at www.drivingskillsforlife.com, into their programs. Ford Driving Skills for Life will cover 15 markets in the United States this year.
In addition to warning about the dangers of impaired and distracted driving through Ford’s drugged and drunk driving suits, this year will feature virtual reality training tools to help new drivers navigate traffic circles, pedestrians and bicyclists.
To learn more or get notified when the tour is going to be near you, visit www.drivingskillsforlife.com.
2017 National Tour
Keep an eye on our Featured Events page for details on upcoming DSFL events and registration!
Miami, FL | February 4-5
2016 National Tour
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.
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: All smiles at the HI event!
Left: GHSA Member Bill Whatley (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.