Teen Driver Education  
 

Berkshire Hathaway Automotive remains the largest privately owned automotive dealership group in the area. And with over 80 dealerships to date and 100 franchises throughout ten states, we have interacted with new and long-time drivers. And there is one common wish we have for them all as they drive from our lot, and that is a safe drive. Unfortunately, inexperience, high-risk behaviors, and youth has brought undesirable consequences we wish didn't exist, namely auto crashes. Thankfully, Ford has once again made a bold move by mobilizing its efforts to help young and inexperienced drivers learn ways to improve driving skills.

Alarming Unwanted Statistics

The alarming rate of traffic deaths among teen drivers has reached a record high in the United States. Therefore, the automaker has teamed up with Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) through the Ford Fund to provide free training clinics across the nation. The training, which is available in specific states, is for both teen drivers and their parents. And it comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates there were 38,680 people reportedly killed in auto crashes throughout 2020. That includes a 13-year high in fatalities. And a contributing factor is speed among young drivers.

Ford's Commitment Continues

After a 15-month hiatus brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, the combined efforts by the Ford Fund and GHSA have resulted in free clinics for an eight-city tour. The Ford Driving Skills for Life program allows newly licensed drivers or teen drivers, who have an unexpired state-issued learner's permit, to participate. Parents or guardians are strongly encouraged to join teen drivers and learn as much as possible to support them. With the intent of providing skill-building techniques, rather than a traditional driver's education program, those who attend learn specifics about better handling, hazard recognition, speed management, distracted-driving prevention, and information regarding impaired driving.

As of August 2021, the clinics are available in Anaheim, CA, with plans to open others in the following areas:

  • Atlanta
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Nashville
  • Phoenix
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego

Additionally, to target lowering speeding among teens and promoting driving awareness, grants offered by Ford Fund and GHSA range from $18,000 to $25,000. Since 2003, the Ford Fund has contributed over $60 million to the Ford Driving Skills for Life program, and it has reached more than 1.25 million drivers nationwide. This year marks the 18th consecutive year for the program.

If you want more details regarding the Ford Driving Skills for Life program, reach out to us. We will provide all the resources you need. Please drive safely, and remember to never text and drive.

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