Hi Sassy Peeps!
Ford never ceases to amaze me! I just love how involved with the community! When I heard about the Ford DSFL a few years back, I just knew I had to participate. NOPE! I am definitely NOT a teen, but I AM all about automobiles and driver safety. Furthermore, since I was going to be writing about the course I wanted to experience it first hand, and I am so happy that I did!
For those of you who are not aware, Ford DSFL (Driving Skills for Life), is a free, hands-on training clinics provide the ultimate form of training for young drivers who hold a permit or a license. These half-day clinics provide skills beyond those taught in traditional driver education courses and are an important step in the life-long process of learning to drive safely. These situations present the most problems for new drivers and contribute to more than 60 percent of teen crashes – the number-1 cause of death for American teenagers
Government statistics show that traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for American teenagers between 15 and 19 years old. Europe and much of the world report a similar experience. To help reduce these tragedies, Ford Driving Skills for Life has been rolled out in 29 countries to strengthen essential skills in the areas shown to be the major contributors to crashes involving novice drivers.
Keep reading to learn what your teen will learn during this course.
This activity is great for learning how to recover your car if losing control in heavy rain or snow. The teens drove really fast in an oval while caster wheels under the car slightly lifted the rear of the vehicle and reduced the tire’s grip. This caused the back of the car to slide when least expected, and in return the driver had to regain control of the vehicle.
The course teaches the teens how to scan for trouble approaching intersections and safety zones.
Speed Management and Space Management
They will also learn how to adjust speed to maintain space around, ahead and behind a vehicle, and how to avoid being rear-ended.
Distraction and Impaired Operation
The Impaired Operation is a breeze before actually putting on the Fatal Vision Simulation Goggles. These goggles are “a hands-on prevention tool that allows people to experience with a sober mind what it’s like to be under the influence of alcohol.” Once they are on the struggled to maintain our equilibrium, balance, and reaction time is REAL. To be perfectly honest this was an eye-opening and tough experience! Performing the exercises with and without the preventive tool really changes your perspective on driving under ANY influence!!!!! #justsayno!!!!
It Can Happen To You!
Although “It Can Happen To You” is not listed as one of the Ford DSFL exercises, it is probably one of the most important lessons learned during this event. While growing up there were several times I felt invinceable not only behind the wheel of a car but throughout life. It was brilliant of Ford to create this course and actually put the teens in the four situations listed above so then can actually experience the affects of what could go wrong, without actually reaping the consequences.
I remember when I took the course a few years back, after we completed the Distraction and Impaired portion, I heard one of the teens say, “Wow! That was way more difficult and intense than I ever expected! I guess it can happen to me!” Yes sir, it can!
If given the opportunity, I would recommend Ford DSFL be taken by EVERYONE, not only teens and high risk drivers!!!! As time goes on we all need to brush up on our driving skills. Trust me this is true damage control! You will get a first-hand experience of the risks we take every day while out on the road! You will walk away with a different outlook on your daily driving experience as well as life!!!!
OK Sassy Peeps! Has your teen taken the Ford DSFL Course? If not, you should totally sign them up the next time they are in your city!
Big thanks to Ford Motor Company for this awesome and interactive course and to my Blogger Sister Lucy Valdez from @crueltyfreelucy for covering this event! You totally ROCK!
Photos provided by Ford Motor Company and Lucy Valdez
For more information about Ford Driving Skills For Life click HERE.