Ford Driving Skills for Life 2018

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Ford Driving Skills for Life is hosting a series of hands-on clinics for young drivers and their parents in the Phoenix area.

“Working with professional instructors in actual vehicles, students and parents learn advanced driving skills in a controlled and safe environment,” explains

The half-day sessions run though Nov. 12 at the Phoenix Fire Training Facility.

"Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in America," according to the Ford website. "Nearly 3,000 teens die annually in such accidents, according to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Two major areas contribute to this alarming statistic: 1) inexperience of young drivers and 2) issues surrounding distracted and impaired driving. Both of these issues need to be addressed in any reputable teen safe driving program. "

The Driving Skills for Life courses focus on the four factors that contribute to 60 percent of crashes – hazard recognition, vehicle handling, speed, and space management.

Hazard recognition

- The point of no return

- How to scan for trouble

- Minimizing distractions

- Safety zones

- Minimum vision lead time

- Approaching and turning left at intersection

Vehicle handling

- Contact road patches

- How acceleration, deceleration, braking and turns affect vehicle balance

- Adjusting to a vehicle's size and weight

- How to recover from skids in front- and rear-wheel drive vehicles

Speed management

- Driving at a speed that doesn't endanger or impede others

- Using proper signals and covering the brake

- Conventional braking systems versus anti-lock braking (ABS) systems

- Emergency braking techniques

Space management

- Maintaining space around, ahead of and behind your vehicle

- Learning how to adjust speed

- Maintaining a safe distance between vehicles

 - How to avoid being rear-ended and avoiding a head-on crash

There also is a comprehensive section on distracted and impaired driving, including a simulation of what it's like to be impaired while behind the wheel.

For those unable to attend, there is a “virtual assembly” called “What Every Teen Needs to Know about Distracted and Impaired Driving.”

Drivers must have a license or permit to take part in the clinic. Parents are encouraged to attend with their young drivers.

For more information or to register for one of the free programs, go to There is a waiting list for some sessions.

The Driving Skills for Life program was launched in 2003 as a partnership that includes Ford Motor Company Fund, the Governors Highway Safety Association, and a panel of safety experts.

[MAP: Phoenix Fire Training Facility, 2425 W. Lower Buckeye Road, Phoenix]

[LINK: Get directions from Google Maps]


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