Ford Driving Skills Clinic
All too often, news breaks in this area about a devastating car accident involving young drivers or passengers. Of course all car accidents are horrible. I know this first-hand, because my beloved aunt died in a car crash when I was 16. But there’s something particularly heartbreaking about the car accidents that take the life or injure adolescents.

Since drivers’ education is not a mandatory class, there are many young drivers who’ve passed their drivers’ license exams without “official” instruction. And while parents and even private driving classes are great, they don’t teach everything you need to know. And any extra support young drivers can get is, in my opinion, a huge plus. Ford offers a FREE Driving Skills For Life workshop aimed at helping teens become better drivers.

Ford’s local Driving Skills For Life is March 19-20 at Dulles Airport. Again, it’s a FREE workshop focused on new drivers. Why? Because every single year, vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in America. In fact, nearly 3,000 teens die in a auto accident every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But Ford is committed to giving newly licensed drivers the tools they need to be better, safer drivers.

The four-hour workshop focuses on four major areas of driving inexperience that lead to accidents: )  Hazard Recognition, Vehicle Handling, Speed Management, Space Management and a biggie these daysDistracted and Impaired Driving. Drivers will even have a chance to wear a new “drugged-driving suit” and see demonstrations on the dangers of texting-while-driving.

Participants must have either their permit or driver’s license. The program is FREE of cost and vehicles will be provided to use during the event. Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to attend the clinic and learn alongside participants. There will also be an information session for parents.

Right now, there is still space in three of the four workshop sessions available at Dulles Airport on March 19 and March 20, and you can register your young driver here.

Watch a video about the Driving Skills For Life