It’s getting harder to get our teens’ attention. With so many things
competing — school, homework, friends, the internet — it can be tough
to get them to listen to you talk about driver safety. But maybe
they’ll learn from a fun, interactive web site. Driving Skills for Life
aims to help young drivers improve skills in four areas: hazard
recognition, vehicle handling, space management, and speed management.
This web-based program is designed to teach teens how to be better,
In addition to the online training for teens, the site offers tips for parents to help their teens. Educators can download lesson plans for the classroom. And the printed materials are free!
Driving Skills for Life also plans driving events
in select cities. Teens drive specially equipped vehicles, like skid
cars, to learn skills on a road course. Professional drivers assist
during the two- to three-day event. I really wish I’d known about this
when our daughter was learning to drive. I think she would have enjoyed
the opportunity to practice in a safe environment like this.
The program was established by a non-profit part of Ford and the Governors Highway Safety Association.
When we hear where the 2008 events are scheduled (and when) we’ll let you know. We’re also planning to talk to some people who have participated in the program so you can learn more about its effectiveness. If you have any experience with it, please comment. And if you’d like to learn more, tell us what you’d like us to find out.
By Becky Scott