The start of another school year brings with it mixed emotions for me – some good, some sad, some scary. We’re another year closer to my cuties being grown and gone (*sniffle*), we’re another year deeper into teen angst and drama (way too much of that around here), and we’ve got another kid learning to drive (yikes!). It’s the latter one that always scares me the most – that whole learning to drive thing!
Our oldest child went through driver’s training a few years ago. She was guided through the usual driver education process thoroughly and patiently by her dad and I and the great driver training school she attended. She passed all her tests with flying colors and by the time it was all said and done she felt ready to take on the world with her new driver’s license.
But I wasn’t ready. I wasn’t prepared to let her go out into that scary world on the road. It was very hard for me to let go of that fear every time she drove away from the house – what if something happened and she didn’t know how to react? It wasn’t that I didn’t have faith in her abilities – I just felt like there was no way I could prepare her enough for every situation that might happen. I know it’s unrealistic to think that she could be prepared for every situation, and I also know that with age and experience comes the ability to effectively handle those times on the road when something unexpected happens. But as a parent you just want to arm your kids with all the techniques and skills you can before you turn them loose out in the world.
A few years have gone by and we are now getting another kid ready for driving out in that big, scary world. We again will teach him patiently and thoroughly, send him to a fantastic driving school, but this time we are going to add another element – the Ford Driving Skills for Life program.
It’s this last element that I am SO excited about! The Ford Driving Skills for Life program is a national safety initiative for teens learning to drive or who have already obtained their driver’s license. The program was created in 2003 by the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, and a panel of safety experts with the goal to teach newly licensed teens the necessary skills for safe driving, beyond what they will learn in the usual driver education programs. The complete program includes a video, a leader's guide, a preview activity for students to complete before viewing the video, an online quiz, brochures and a take-home letter that students can give to their parents. I cannot wait to get my fledgling driver signed up with this great program and he is excited to tell his friends about learning driving skills with Ford! I am also going to tell every parent I know about this terrific program so we can all feel better about having our babies out on the road.
Another way I will be sharing this great program is by using Instagram (@FordDSFL on Instagram) during the Local 4 Friday Football Frenzy season at ClickOnDetroit. Ford Driving Skills for Life is also asking parents, teens, and tweens to share their school spirit photos on Instagram using the hash tag #drivingschoolspirit.
As a bonus, favorite photos with the #drivingschoolspirit hash tag and/or photos that tag @FordDSFL may be included in a round-up for some special recognition during the Local 4 Friday Football Frenzy season, including a featured slideshow on the Friday Football Frenzy page of the ClickOnDetroit website!
A 16-year old driver is 10 times more likely to be involved in a crash than an adult.
This is a really scary statistic that we as parents can try and change. Help make the roads safer for all of us, old drivers and new, by sharing the Ford Driving Skills for Life program with as many folks as possible! Spread the word about this great program by telling teachers, parents, friends, relatives, everyone you can. And go ahead and follow @FordDSFL on Instagram and share your #drivingschoolspirit pictures – we’re all in this together!
I was selected for this sponsored post by Hay There Social Media. All opinions expressed are my own.