Ford Embarks on a 50 State Driving Skills Tour

This year—2015—marks the year that Ford completes its driving skills tour of the 50 states. Ford Driving Skills for Life (Ford DSFL) offers a program that doesn’t replace driver’s education courses, but which offers additional training for parents and teens. It’s good to know, when you’re looking for cars for sale in Indiana, Bloomington Ford is a part of something much bigger than just selling reliable cars. But what exactly does this program offer?

Impaired Driving
The number-one killer of teens today is car wrecks. In part, this is due to the fact that teens aren’t in school during the summer, so they have more time to be out and about on the roads. They might also have jobs to go to. Unfortunately, this is also the time of the year when they are most likely to have the potential to engage in impaired driving.

Ford DSFL has a unique program that allows teens to experience the type of impairment that they might experience after consuming alcoholic beverages. A special suit and goggles offer them a glimpse of what this experience might be like. The goal is for teens to experience this impairment sober, so that they might remember it later, when their thinking isn’t always so clear.

Hazard, Speed, and Space Management
For a teen who slips behind the wheel the first few times, a vehicle can seem enormous. It makes them nervous as they try to stay in their own lane. On top of that, they have to learn how to navigate specific hazards. Hazard, speed, and space management teaches them to drive safely in their own lane, while also knowing what to do when it comes to things like slick roads or obstructions in the road, like a live animal.

Parental Involvement
Parents must sign a release for the teen to attend any of the four half-day classes. However, parents are also encouraged to attend, since it never hurts to brush up on your driving skills. These classes might also help to dispel some of the myths that parents have heard and possibly passed down over the years. For example, some adults still think they should hit the brakes and turn away from a skid, rather than going with the skid and taking their foot off the gas pedal.

This tour starts in Fargo, North Dakota, but will run through Omaha, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; Madison, Wisconsin; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Cheyenne, Wyoming between now and August 8th. There will be classroom instruction, but there will also be hands-on instruction so that students can learn from actual experience in a safe environment, rather than on the road.

Ford takes teen driving seriously, which is why they offer this summer driving camp for teens. Keep that in mind the next time you visit your local Ford or Lincoln dealerships. Bloomington Ford isn’t just selling cars; they are promoting the safety of young adults who are finding their way behind the wheel of a car for the first time.clip image002 0048