For over two decades now, Ford has been offering what it calls “Driving Skills For Life,” which aims to help teach young drivers how to operate their vehicles in a safe manner out on public roads. The Blue Oval temporarily shut down this program in some areas during the COVID-19 pandemic, but revived it in Europe back in October 2021, as well as Mexico in March of this year. Now, the 2023 DSFL program has wrapped up in Ford Korea as well, marking its eighth year of operation in that particular part of the world after it debuted back in 2016.
The Ford Korea installment of DSFL actually kicked off back in August with 250 participants, who were first asked to complete a quiz to gauge their driving knowledge. After that was completed, select candidates were given a chance to experience simulator training and personal mentoring at driving zone branches across the country. Finally, those who recorded excellent results after the training were given the opportunity to sign up for DSFL off-site field training.
Last month, around 60 of those young drivers participated in off-site field training held at Inje Speedium in Gangwon-do. That curriculum consisted of indoor and outdoor education so that participants could actual practice what they learned from the classroom training on a special course, which is also where they completed a daily vehicle inspection, slalom course, emergency braking tests, vehicle width recognition, and correct driving posture instruction. Through this, the participants were able to acquire a basic understanding of a vehicle and how to drive it safely.
“Ford Korea is continuously putting efforts to spread a safe driving culture where anyone can drive their vehicles more safely,” said Sun-Hee Noh, marketing and communications director of Ford Korea.