Young drivers get Ford training

Ford Driving Skills for Life trained 400 young people over three days at the London ExCeL centre, ahead of Road Safety Week.

Over the three days, young drivers took part in the hands-on, free practical training sessions to help develop their skills by simulating situations that they may face out on the roads. Training elements included hazard perception, speed awareness, distracted driving and vehicle handling. Young drivers were able to experience ‘oversteer’, and how to control a car in a skid situation and emergency braking whilst changing lane. They were also encouraged to use their mobile phones whilst steering through a cone course to highlight the dangers of driver distraction.

Ford Driving Skills for Life is in its fourth year in the UK, and this year’s event saw the highest number of participants trained, so far.

Andy Barratt, chairman and managing director, Ford of Britain, said, ‘Driving Skills for Life is really important for new young drivers to help improve their real-road driving experience. We are delighted that so many young drivers have come and developed key control skills, and it’s a step towards ensuring our young drivers are safer on the road.’

Worldwide research shows that car crashes are the leading cause of death among young people, and in Europe, young people are almost twice as likely to be killed on roads compared with the average person.