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Give Your Teen Driving Skills for Life

Published Apr 3rd 2008, 9:44pm by Jody DeVere in Featured Articles

Ca_1496 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, safer drivers.

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!

Ca_0674 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.

Becky_headshot By Becky Scott
Contributing Editor

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