The WisDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety has partnered with Ford Driving Skills to offer free, hands-on training for newly permitted and licensed drivers on May 20th and 21st. The program will allow newly licensed drivers to be paired with a professional instructor to help teach safe driving skills. New drivers and parents can register at www.drivingskillsforlife.com. The point of the program is to help ensure people have strong driving skills for life. Some of the topics covered will include vehicle handling, speed and space management, recognizing hazards, as well as impaired and distracted driving.
In the United States, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. Last year in Wisconsin, 5,248 crashes involved teen drivers. In those crashes, there were 2,838 teen injuries and 29 teen fatalities. Despite progress reducing teen driving deaths from 2005 to 2014, teen drivers are still 1.6 times more likely to be in a fatal crash than adults between the ages of 35 and 40. Ford Driving Skills for Life aims to serve as a resource for teens and other young adults to continue working towards safer roads. The special emphasis for the 2017 partnership includes instruction for drivers between the ages of 18 and 20 since that age group is involved in more fatal crashes than younger teens.
This will be the second time that this program is available in Wisconsin, so if you happen to be in the Milwaukee area, this is an event you won’t want to miss!
Location: Miller Park, Milwaukee WI
Date: May 20, 2017 & May 21, 2017
Register at: www.drivingskillsforlife.com.