Ford Driving Skills for Life offers training for teens

ford_driving_skills_for_lifeKEARNEY – The Nebraska Safety Center at University of Nebraska at Kearney, along with other partners, is bringing the Ford Driving Skills for Life experience to Kearney.

The free event, for teens age 16-18, offers hands-on training in key areas that are critical factors in vehicle crashes: distracted driving, impaired driving, wearing seatbelts and hazard recognition.

Participants will take part in a series of activities that include driving courses, simulators and classroom instruction. The event aims to provide hands-on experience in a safe setting and make a vital difference in the habits formed by new drivers.

The driving skills event is from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 11 at the Nebraska Safety Center in Kearney. The event includes lunch and is free, but advanced registration is required at http://www.safenebraska.org/conferences-events/ford-driving-skills-event/

Teen drivers are the most at-risk population on the road – they represent less than 8 percent of licensed drivers but are involved in nearly 30 percent of fatal and injury crashes in Nebraska, the Safety Center said.

The Nebraska Safety Center is partnering with the following in hosting the Ford Driving Skills for Life: Ford Motor Company, Governors Highway Safety Association, Nebraska Office of Highway Safety, National Safety Council of Nebraska, Department of Health & Human Services, MADD, Lincoln Saltdogs, Papillion-La Vista High School, Nebraska State Patrol, Cooper Racing, Nebraska Trucking Association, Nebraska Safety Council, Project Extra Mile, AAA Nebraska, Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles, Platte Valley Auto and local law enforcement.

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Contact: Darla Morris, UNK Nebraska Safety Center, 308-865-8256
Writer: Todd Gottula, Director of Communications, 308.865.8454, gottulatm@unk.edu

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