A few weeks ago, I was invited out to take part in a amazing driving skills event that was sponsored by Ford. It is called the Ford Driving Skills For Life program, and it is geared towards teaching teen drivers how to stay safe on the road and behind the wheel. There were so many great issues they went over and the drivers that were our teachers for the day, took the kids in the cars, and let them drive so that they could get a first hand feel for the program. Here is a interview that I recorded after one of the courses was completed by my group.
Along with the great tips I was given by one of our drivers, the wonderful people from Ford would like to share some infographics which I have included below, that you can use for tomorrow nights busy night of Trick or Treating, and remember, to be aware of all of the ghosts and goblins out and stay safe!
Buckle up It’s the law. In a crash, a person not buckled up is much more likely to be injured or killed than someone wearing a safety belt.
Don’t drive distracted Put your cell phone away and concentrate on the road. Parents can use technology, like MyKey, to keep their teen driver from using a cell phone or listening to the radio at a distracting level.
Drive courteously Use your lights courteously. Don’t ﬂash your high beams at a vehicle with its high beams on. When following another vehicle, use your low beams to avoid blinding the driver ahead of you.
Never speed Research done for Ford’s ‘Driving Skills for Life’ shows that if parents speed, their teens are more likely to do the same. Speed-related factors continue to be reported in about one-third of all traffic deaths nationally.
Don’t follow too closely Keep the proper distance from the car in front of you. Remember that the faster you drive, the longer it takes to stop.
Eyes on the outside Avoid using your vehicle’s interior light while driving. It makes it even harder to see outside of your vehicle.
See every angle Exterior mirrors that are properly aligned not only reduce blind spots, they also reduce glare from vehicles behind you. The outside rearview mirrors should be adjusted so that the bodywork of the vehicle is just outside of your view.
Ford wants everyone to have a safe and happy Halloween, especially with the daylight hours dwindling. Coming on the heels of National Teen Safe Driving Week, Ford is reminding everyone to practice safe driving habits and to take advantage of available technologies to reduce the chances of getting into a traffic accident.