Last Spring, Ford announced a $1million, 30-city, safe driving tour that was heading out to the nation’s high schools. This fall it reaches New England. Ford's Driving Skills for Life program will be holding teen safe driving days at Windham High and Sanborn Regional High on 9/21 (Wed) & 9/22 (Thur) respectively.
Says Vanessa LeBlanc, a representative of Ford Motor Co. and New Hampshire native:
Ford’s Driving Skills for Life is a national safety initiative created in 2003 by Ford Motor Company, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and a panel of safety experts to help young drivers improve their skills in four key areas that are critical factors in more than 60 percent of teen vehicle crashes:
- Distractions/ Hazard Recognition
- Vehicle Handling
- Space Management
- Speed Management
It is a is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for the students to ensure that they learn skills to help make them better, safer drivers.
According to the New Hampshire Highway Safety Agency, drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 years old account for only 13.7% of New Hampshire drivers, yet they account for 22.2% of all fatal auto accidents in 2010. They also are more likely to be involved in severe crashes—those involving personal injury or death.
The students at Windham and Sanborn Regional High Schools will participate in hands-on training modules given by professional racecar drivers. This experience, which will occur in the parking lots of the respective schools, will equip each student with the fundamental skills necessary for safe driving.
"Getting a driver's license, and the freedom that comes with it is an exciting milestone for our students,” said Tom Murphy, Windham High School principal. “Often, that excitement overshadows the reality that driving a car takes concentration and skill. Ford's Driving Skills for Life gives them a hands-on experience that shows them the importance of driver safety and responsibility.”
“Sanborn Regional High School is pleased to team up with Ford Motor Company in delivering this very important message about safety and driving to our students,” said Principal Brian Stack. “We are extremely excited to have the Ford team visit us next week to talk about driving safety and responsibility. It is an important message that needs to be shared with our students.”