Hello Sassy People:
This past weekend I had a chance to attend the Ford Driving Skills For Life Event at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL. While there, I met a Charlize Theron/Reese Witherspoon stunt double, learned several lifesaving techniques, had the opportunity to drive/spin out in a super cool Ford Mustang and received a Certificate of Completion at the end of the training. It was truly an amazing day!!!!
Upon arrival all participants; teens, other high risk drivers and parents were given an overview of what to expect throughout the half day program, and were introduced to the professional drivers that taught the courses.
This FREE comprehensive program allows attendees to get behind the wheel and participate in four of the Ford DSFL skill exercises: Hazard Recognition/Accident Avoidance, Vehicle Handling/Skid Control, Speed/Space Management and Impaired Driving/ Distracted Driving.
The Field Sobriety Test and Impaired Driving Simulation (hands-on and web-based), were 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 were on we struggled to maintain our equilibrium, balance, and reaction time. 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!!!!
After toughing it through the Impaired Driving activity we moved right into the Distracted Driving exercise. Most of us have been in the the driver seat attempting to text, make a call, apply makeup, eat, change a CD etc. etc. As we are all aware the most dangerous is that darn cell phone. What is it about that little device that we won’t put it down to LITERALLY save our lives???? We all know the consequences, but yet and STILL most won’t and don’t keep it out of sight and mind until destinations are reached.
All participants went from excellent driving without the device in hand to weaving in and out of the double lines. While taking a picture I almost turned left when the sign clearly said to turn right! But I am sure you ALL can understand! I couldn’t miss an opportunity to take a pic of this really awesome red mustang so that I could blast it on social media and get tons of likes!!!! #putthephonedown!!!!
Next, I took part in the Vehicle Handling exercise. This activity is great for learning how to recover your car if losing control in heavy rain or snow. We 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. This of course was my favorite part of the entire day! I was initially very nervous, but after a few times of going through the exercise I started to relax and enjoy the adrenaline rush. LOL!
If given the opportunity I would recommend this program 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!!!!
More About Ford Driving Skills for Life – A Safe Driving Solution
Ford Driving Skills for Life (Ford DSFL) was established in 2003 by Ford Motor Company Fund, the Governors Highway Safety Association, and a panel of safety experts to teach newly licensed teens the necessary skills for safe driving beyond what they learn in standard driver education programs.
The program is international in scope touching not only the United States but many areas around the world. The basic premise behind Ford Driving Skills for Life is to provide a step in the learning process, providing new skills and information not currently shared with newly licensed drivers in the basic driver education courses.
Training is conducted in both hands-on and web-based curriculum and the entire program is available at no cost. Training conducted under the Ford Driving Skills for Life program addresses both the inexperience factor as well as issues surrounding distracted driving. Results over the past ten years of this effort have been outstanding. For best results, we encourage both teens and parents to engage in the instruction together.
For more information about Ford Driving Skills For Life click HERE.
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