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Free nationally recognized teen driver program is coming to North Texas

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The number one killer of teenagers in the U.S. happens to be vehicle crashes. A factor in many of these crashes are related to distractions such as texting or posting selfies to social media. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, teen and 20-29 year old drivers are over-represented in distraction-related fatal crashes associated with cell phone use. Ford Motor Company has a longstanding commitment to vehicle safety and they want to remind drivers to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. As part of Ford’s commitment to safe driving, they are returning to North Texas with the Ford Driving Skills for Life teen driving program. The FREE award-winning program is aimed at reducing teen fatalities by providing hands-on training in advanced skills that address major contributors to traffic crashes involving new drivers. Amongst 16 – 17 year olds, fatalities are on the rise according to a recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association. In Texas alone, 240 Texas teens were killed in car crashes in 2012, and a little under half of those that were killed were behind the wheel at the time of the crash.

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Just as in years past, teens participating in Driving Skills for Life will get to experience training in the following areas:

  • Distracted and Impaired Driving
  • Hazard Recognition
  • Space and Speed Management
  • Vehicle Handling

This program has been around for ten years and is nationally recognized as one of the leading programs in keeping teens safe while on the road.

Ford’s Driving Skills for Life Program (DSFL) – DFW

This event will be held Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. To be eligible to participate, North Texas teens must have a valid learners permit or drivers license and can sign up for one of four free sessions. This program is put on by a partnership between Ford Motor Company Fund, the Governors Highway Safety Association, Texas Ford Dealers and the Texas Department of Transportation.

Registration is limited and signed consent forms are required. For more information and to register, please visit www.drivingskillsforlife.com. Participants must bring the signed waiver form and the teen’s driver’s license or permit to the event. This website has useful resources for teen drivers, parents and educators. Questions: e-mailFordDSFL@ford.com.

Sessions

Saturday, March 22

Session 1: 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Session 2: 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 23

Session 1: 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Session 2: 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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