Ford Driving Skills for Life, a free hands-on training program for newly permitted and licensed teen drivers, is coming to Phoenix Nov. 7 through Nov. 11 at the Phoenix Fire Training Facility as part of its 16th national tour. Approximately 1,000 teen drivers will receive advanced driving instruction over the course of the five days the program is in town.
Across the U.S., motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers. The award-winning program helps new drivers stay safe behind the wheel by capturing teen and parent interest with free hands-on driving clinics that pair newly licensed drivers with professional driving instructors.
Beyond driver’s education training, the program focuses on the issues and obstacles drivers face that cause crashes, including vehicle handling, hazard recognition, speed and space management, and distracted and impaired driving. A key part of the instruction focuses on training newly licensed drivers to make better driving decisions and features Ford’s drugged and drunk driving suits to warn about the dangers of impaired and distracted driving.
“Phoenix is fortunate to have a team of Ford employees and local Ford dealers who are committed to bringing this award-winning global program back to Arizona every year,” said James Graham, global manager, Ford Driving Skills for Life. “We look forward to expanding our efforts to help reduce the number of crashes and fatalities through real-world training and teaching improved decision-making skills. Partnering with the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, we believe we are making a substantial contribution to safer driving for local students and parents in the Phoenix metro area.”
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 19-year-olds in the United States, and 3,255 teen drivers were involved in fatal crashes in 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Novice teen drivers are twice as likely as adult drivers to be in a fatal crash. In Arizona alone, 420 young drivers (ages 15-24) have been killed between 2014-2018, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
This year, Farm Bureau Financial Services is supporting the training sessions in Phoenix once again. “Ford Driving Skills for Life is a great opportunity for Phoenix area families,” said Nancy Wiles, Marketing Communications Vice President at Farm Bureau Financial Services. “Helping young drivers become more focused and skillful benefits everyone on the road. We’re pleased to team up with Ford Motor Company Fund and bring this event to our community.”