The award-winning Ford Driving Skills for Life (Ford DSFL) helps teens build skills in key areas - vehicle handling, hazard recognition and speed and space management. The program features hands-on driving events with enhanced safety protocols, and a website with resources for teens and their parents.
Going on Now: State Grants
In partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund, GHSA released a new report that examines the significant role speeding plays in teen driver fatalities and offers practical tools to help parents rein in this lethal driving habit. The report, Teens and Speeding: Breaking the Deadly Cycle, is the first look in recent years at the role speeding plays in teen driver deaths and includes state-by-state statistics.
To support recommendations in the report, the Ford Driving Skills for Life program and GHSA provided $135,000 in grants to six State Highway Safety Offices to create and implement innovative programs to help combat teen speeding. Scroll down to learn to learn more about previous state grants funded by the Ford Fund.
Ford Fund and GHSA also resumed the award-winning hands-on teen driver safety program – Ford Driving Skills For Life – in August 2021, after a 15-month pandemic-related hiatus. This latest edition, which featured enhanced safety protocols, began in California and made stops in Georgia, Tennessee and Texas before concluding in Arizona in November.
The 2022 tour launched in April in Kansas City. See upcoming dates and cities, and sign up to be the first to know when the tour is coming to your area on the Ford DSFL website.
Check out what it's like to attend a Ford DSFL teen driver safety training!
The Daily Drive
Although the 2020 National Tour was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ford DSFL adapted to provide additional digital resources for novice drivers and their parents. In fact, they brought their training directly into homes with "The Daily Drive Podcast," available on Facebook and YouTube. Episodes featured conversations with traffic safety experts, parents, teens, professional driving instructors and others subject matter experts discussing safety tips, campaign ideas, personal stories and more. GHSA's own Pam Shadel Fischer and Tim Burrows were frequent guests on the program.
For more information and to view past episodes, click here.
Since 2008, Ford DSFL has been offering grants to State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) to support and develop teen safe driving programs in their respective states. To date, more than 50 grants totaling over $1 million have been awarded to 30 states to support everything from educational activities at state fairs to student video contests and hands-on instructional events.
Use this tool to learn how states have leveraged Ford Driving Skills for Life grants to implement teen driving programs:
Through a grant from Ford Driving Skills for Life (Ford DSFL) and GHSA, the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC), in conjunction with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police and the New York State Department of Transportation, held a speed-focused traffic safety fair to show high school students – many of whom are driving or will soon be – how speeding can put themselves, their passengers and everyone on the road in danger.
During the 2021-2022 school year, through a grant from Ford Driving Skills for Life (Ford DSFL) and GHSA, the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) partnered with six local Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapters to create, implement and distribute teen traffic safety messaging in their communities with a focus on speeding.
In April of 2019, through a grant from Ford Driving Skills for Life (Ford DSFL) and GHSA, the Nebraska Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office (NDOT-HSO) educated 16 teen drivers about the importance of safe driving.
Through a grant from Ford Driving Skills for Life and GHSA, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission partnered with the Cascade Pacific Action Alliance's (CPAA's) Youth Marijuana Prevention and Education Program (YMPEP) for a campaign warning teens about the dangers of marijuana-impaired driving.