Ford performance driving team
Ford performance driving team. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Have a teen driver? Know a teen driver? Are you a teen driver? (Insider Louisville has wide appeal!)

Well, Ford Motor Co. wants to unleash its team of crack high-performance drivers on Louisville teens to teach them how to drive properly. For free.

“Driving Skills for Life” is just one of many free teen programs Ford offers globally. Different countries have different safe driving priorities: The European version spends a lot of time discouraging kids from taking “selfies” while driving. A recent workshop in Vietnam was called “No Honking.”

This five-hour class here in Louisville covers the gamut of safe driving skills, including driving during dangerous weather conditions. The program will ask teens to go through certain exercises wearing a “drunk suit.” They’ll learn how to improve skills in four key areas: hazard recognition, vehicle handling, space management and speed management.

According to a Ford news release:

A recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) shows that teen driver fatalities are on the rise among drivers ages 16-17. According to data from the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, 86 drivers under the age of 21 were killed in car crashes in 2013, with an additional 7,532 injury-causing teen accidents.

Four hundred young drivers will be able to take the class this weekend at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Students must either have their license or a learner’s permit to participate. Advanced registration is required. There are two sessions on Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. each day.

Registration is limited and signed consent forms are required. For more information and to register, visit www.drivingskillsforlife.com. Participants must bring the signed waiver form and the teen’s driver’s license or permit to the event.

This event is presented in partnership between Ford Motor Company Fund, the Governors Highway Safety Association, Louisville Ford Dealers and the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety. Parents also are encouraged to attend.

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