Ford has announced that its Ford Driving Skills for Life driver education program will be going on an 18 city tour in 2020. The tour will offer more than 80 free, hands-on safe driving clinics to thousands of teens and their parents across the United States. The goal of the hands-on driving courses is to help teens learn to focus on critical factors that influence crashes such as vehicle handling, hazard recognition, speed, space management, distraction, and impairment.
Ford Driving Skills for Life is in its 17th year, and the 2020 tour will kick off this weekend at the Manheim Auto Auction in Orlando, Florida. The event is aimed at pairing newly licensed drivers with professional driving instructors with the goal of improving the driving skills of the teens. The program is also designed to highlight the role vehicle technology can play in saving lives and issues surrounding the relationship between cyclists and drivers.
The Ford program also helps teens to learn safe use of electric scooters and safety protocol for using ridesharing services. One big focus of the event is to help teens not become distracted while driving. The 2020 tour will reach Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia this year. Ford also has an online Academy available for teens and parents.
Ford will be taking the Driving Skills for Life training to more than 30 countries around the world this year, including countries in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. In 2018 Ford officially announced classes geared directly at women for Saudi Arabia. Ford Motor Company Fund has invested more than $60 million to provide free, advanced driver education to more than 1 million newly licensed drivers since 2003.