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Ford Invests Additional $1 Million to Save Teen Lives, Launches National High School Safe Driving Tour

CHICAGO Feb. 8, 2011

  • In a major expansion of the Ford Driving Skills for Life program, teens in high schools spanning 15 states will learn proper driving skills through hands-on driving clinics with professional drivers at their own high school parking lots

  • The program – an award-winning, free driver’s education program – offers hands-on driving clinics, web training, contests and other interactive tools to teach new drivers safe driving skills

$1 million

Starting this month, the Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) National Tour takes free driving exercises, web-based training and materials on driving safety to 30 high schools nationwide to augment its community driving clinics and web-based training.  

Sue Cischke

More than 3,000 teens, ages 15-19, are killed on American roads each year, according to government statistics.

Ford developed Driving Skills for Life in 2003 in partnership with GHSA, delivering one of the nation’s most comprehensive teen driver safety programs.

Little Rock, Ark. Hartford, Conn. Orlando Tallahassee, Fla. Atlanta Shreveport, La. Portland, Maine Jackson, Miss. Albany, N.Y. Raleigh/Durham, N.C. Providence, R.I. Charleston, S.C. Burlington, Vt

Ford DSFL builds young drivers’ skills in four key areas: driver distraction, speed space management and vehicle handling and hazard recognition. These four areas are contributors to more than 60 percent of teen crashes.

www.drivingskillsforlife.com

Vernon F. Betkey Jr.

About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services

Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and American heritage and community life. The Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 60 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. The award-winning Ford Driving Skills for Life program teaches new drivers through a variety of hands-on and interactive methods. Innovation in education is encouraged through national programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps, more than 20,000 Ford employees and retirees each year work on projects that better their communities in dozens of countries. For more information, visit www.community.ford.com .

About the Governors Highway Safety Association

District of Columbia Puerto Rico www.ghsa.org .

SOURCE Ford Motor Company

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