Ford Driving Skills for Life coming to Miller Park in Milwaukee May 20 and 21

Free, hands-on driver training program teaches life-saving skills to newer drivers

Sent May 2, 2017

Ford Driving Skills for Life, a free hands-on training program for newly-permitted and licensed drivers, is coming to Miller Park in Milwaukee the weekend of May 20 and 21 as part of its 14th national tour. The program pairs newly-licensed drivers with professional instructors who teach safe driving behaviors and skills that go beyond what’s taught in traditional drivers’ education courses. New drivers and parents are encouraged to register at www.drivingskillsforlife.com

“We are excited to bring our global award winning program to Wisconsin and the Milwaukee area,” said James Graham, Global Manager, Ford Driving Skills for Life. “We look forward to expanding our efforts to help reduce the number of crashes and fatalities through real-world training and teaching improved decision-making skills. Partnering with our Wisconsin Ford Dealers and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), we believe we are making a substantial contribution to safer driving for local students and parents in the Milwaukee area.”

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers in the U.S. The program focuses on issues and obstacles drivers face that can result in crashes such as vehicle handling, hazard recognition, speed and space management, impaired and distracted driving. Last year in Wisconsin, there were 29 teen driver fatalities and 2,838 teen driver injuries resulting from 5,248 crashes involving teen drivers.

“Our department is pleased to partner with Ford Driving Skills for Life to impress on new drivers the life-saving importance of responsible driving,” said David Pabst, Director of WisDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety. “Participants will get hands-on experience with highly-trained instructors and what these new drivers learn could easily save their life.”

This is the second time the Ford Driving Skills for Life program has been offered in Wisconsin. The program was held at the Hill Farms State Transportation Building in Madison in July of 2015.

“Mission Not Accomplished: Teen Safe Driving, the Next Chapter,” a Governors Highway Safety Association report, shows that despite progress reducing teen driving deaths from 2005 to 2014, teen drivers are still 1.6 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than adults 35 - 40. Special emphasis for 2017 includes instruction for drivers ages 18 - 20, who are involved in more fatal crashes than younger teens.

For more information, contact:

David Pabst, Director, WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety
(608) 709-0055, david.pabst@dot.wi.gov

Randy Romanski, WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety
(608) 709-0064, randy.romanski@dot.wi.gov