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:
To complement their e-scooter pilot, the National Road Safety Foundation and GHSA awarded grant funding to the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) to conduct a multilingual education and outreach program promoting safety on scooters, skateboards and other micromobility devices by recruiting teen interns.
The National Road Safety Foundation and GHSA awarded grant funding to the Connecticut Highway Safety Office (CT HSO) to support the Watch for Me CT project by promoting safe youth mobility by training teen ambassadors to educate their peers at community-based events.
The Tennessee Highway Safety Office was awarded a grant from Ford Driving Skills for Life & GHSA to educate and promote safe teen driving behavior through a series of in-person events in conjunction with SADD, Alliance Marketing & State Farm to connect schools with teen traffic safety activities.
To improve teen driver education programs, the Utah Highway Safety Office (UHSO) was awarded grant funding by Ford Driving Skills for Life and GHSA to address the dangers and consequences of speeding through pre-driver education initiatives.
As vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for teen drivers, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) was provided a grant from Ford Driving Skill for Life and GHSA to develop a state-specific Teen Driver Parental Toolkit focused on teens and speeding.