Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
February 3, 2017

As a parent, when your child takes the wheel without you in the passenger seat, you’re scared to death. You’re scared they’re lack of driving experience will catch up with them. You’ve nervous another driver is going to be the cause of them being in an accident. However, as soon as they take off, it’s out of your hands. You just have to hope they have the tools necessary to safely make it from point A to point B.

Ford Motor Company wants to help put your mind at ease with its Ford Driving Skills for Life tour, which is aimed at helping new drivers get comfortable behind the wheel. Since 2003, Ford Motor Company’s Driving Skills for Life has focused on vehicle dynamics, handling dangerous road conditions, and the deciphering of vehicle speed and space.

“Despite progress in recent years, teens continue to be overrepresented in motor vehicle crashes and fatalities across the country,” said Jonathan Adkins, executive director, Governors Highway Safety Association. “For this reason, the association and the State Highway Safety Office are looking forward to bringing this powerful program to even more teens and their parents – coast to coast and around the globe.” Ford Motor Company’s Driving Skills for Life initiative is designed to reduce the number of vehicular accidents, and put parents’ minds at ease when our loved ones hit the road solo. And your kid also gets to drive a Mustang.

The Driving Skills for Life tour brings driving courses using professional instructors to help rookie drivers diagnose various road-going situations, and more importantly, how to handle them. “Driving safely is not about downloading the latest app,” 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 teaching real-world training and improved decision-making skills. Working with all of our partner organizations in 35 countries, we believe we are making a substantial contribution to safer driving.”

The tour starts at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens February 4th and 5th. Upcoming dates include stops at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California March 4th and 5th, and NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas April 22nd and 23rd. For a full list of tour stops, head over to www.drivingskillsforlife.com.