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Ford Driving Skills for Life

2011 Highlights

State Grants

In 2011, Ford DSFL awarded four $20,000 grants to the following states:

30-City Tour

Ford DSFL expanded its program in 2011 by taking its free driving safety program to 30 high schools across the country. In the spring, the tour visited southern states. The second leg of the tour was held in the fall throughout the New England states. See below for photo highlights and media coverage.

New York & Connecticut

Oct. 12: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake H.S.
Burnt Hills, N.Y.

The Ford team was treated to a gorgeous sunrise in Burnt Hills, New York.
The Ford team was treated to a gorgeous sunrise in Burnt Hills, New York.

News Release: New York High Schools Receive Teen Driving Safety Investment from Ford Motor Company Fund pdf icon [48 KB, 3 pgs.] (Oct. 3)

Media Coverage: Ford Driver Training in Burnt Hills (CBS 6 WRGB, Oct. 12)

Media Coverage: Students get lessons in safe driving (Oct. 12, Your News Now - Albany)

Oct. 14: Xavier High School
Middletown, Conn.

Wrapping up the 2011 tour at Xavier High School in Middletown, Connecticut.
Wrapping up the 2011 tour at Xavier High School in Middletown, Connecticut.

News Release: Xavier High School Receives Teen Driving Safety Investment From Ford Motor Company Fund pdf icon [189 KB, 3 pgs.] (Oct. 10)

Media Coverage: Safe drivers: Xavier High teens get behind the wheel (Oct. 23, The Middletown Press)

Vermont
News Release: Vermont High Schools Receive Teen Driver Safety Investment from Ford Motor Company Fund pdf icon [153 KB, 2 pgs.] (Sept. 27)

Oct. 5: South Burlington High School
South Burlington, Vt.

The course is ready for South Burlington students.
The course is ready for South Burlington students.

Oct. 6: Essex High School
Essex Junction, Vt.

The distraction and impaired driving simulation course.
The distraction and impaired driving simulation course.

Rhode Island & Massachusetts

Sept. 28: Bishop Hendricksen High School
Warwick, R.I.

At the starting line!
At the starting line!

News Release: Bishop Hendricken Receives Teen Driver Safety Investment (Sept. 26)

Sept. 29: Billerica Memorial High School
Billerica, Mass.

News Release: Billerica Memorial High School Receives Teen Driver Safety Investment (Sept. 27)

Media Coverage: VIDEO: Teens learn dangers of distracted driving (Sept. 28, NBC 10 Providence)

Media Coverage: Teen drivers get life-saving skills (Sept. 28, WPRI)

New Hampshire

News Release: N.H. High Schools Receive Teen Driver Safety Investment (Sept. 14)

Media Coverage: Ford's Driving Skills for Life program visiting Southern New Hampshire (Sept. 18, Manchester Examiner)

Sept. 21: Windham High School
Windham, New Hampshire

Windham students are ready for their turn behind the wheel.
Windham students are ready for their turn behind the wheel.

Media Coverage: VIDEO: Safe Driving Program Rolls Into Town (Sept. 22, Windham Patch)

Media Coverage: Ford Motors to Bring National Safety Initiative to Town (Sept. 16, Windham Patch)

Sept. 22: Sanborn Regional High School
Kingston, New Hampshire

A rainy day presents an opportunity to teach teens about driving in wet weather.
A rainy day presents an opportunity to teach teens about driving in wet weather.

Maine
News Release: Maine Schools Get Teen Driver Safety Investment (Sept. 13)

Sept. 14: Scarborough High School
Scarborough, Maine

Left to right: Scarborough Principal Dean Auriemma; Kyle Green, Ford Fund; Charles E. Summers, Jr., Maine Secretary of State; Lauren V. Stewart, Director, Maine Bureau of Highway Safety; and FDSFL instructor (and Maine native) Stephanie Reaves.
Left to right: Scarborough Principal Dean Auriemma; Kyle Green, Ford Fund; Charles E. Summers, Jr., Maine Secretary of State; Lauren V. Stewart, Director, Maine Bureau of Highway Safety; and FDSFL instructor (and Maine native) Stephanie Reaves. Photo credit: Felicia Knight

Media Coverage: Student drivers getting the message about texting (Sept. 15, The Portland Press Herald)

Media Coverage: DRIVE FOR SAFETY: Driving skills for teens (Sept. 14, WCSH 6 - Portland, Maine)

Sept. 15: Bonney Eagle High School
Standish, Maine

The Convincer was developed to show people how seat belts are beneficial event in low speed collisions. The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety, brought it to Bonny Eagle High School.
"The Convincer" was developed to show people how seat belts are beneficial event in low speed collisions. The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety, brought it to Bonny Eagle High School.

Media Coverage: She's in the driver's seat for many reasons (Sept. 16, The Portland Press Herald)

Arkansas

April 12: Robinson High School
Little Rock, Ark.

Maneuvering the Mustang on the safety course at Robinson High School.
Maneuvering the Mustang on the safety course at Robinson High School.

Media Coverage: Daily Photos 04.13.2011 (April 13, Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

April 13: Mills High School
Little Rock, Ark.

Louisiana

April 6-7: Denham Springs High School
Denham Springs, La.

One of the many Denham Springs student drivers.
One of the many Denham Springs student drivers. View All Photos

Media Coverage: Teens get driving experience (April 13, The Advocate - Baton Rouge, La.)

 

Mississippi

March 28: New Albany High School
New Albany, Miss.

First Lady of Mississippi, Marsha Barbour, tests out her driving skills.
First Lady of Mississippi, Marsha Barbour, tests out her driving skills. View All Photos

Media Coverage: First Lady Marsha Barbour Partners with Ford Motor Co. Fund to Launch Teen Driver Safety Program (March 28)

March 30: Terry High School
Terry, Miss.

Terry students jump for joy at the Driving Skills for Life event. Photo: Sam VarnHagen/Ford Motor Co.
Terry students jump for joy at the Driving Skills for Life event. Photo: Sam VarnHagen/Ford Motor Co. View All Photos

Media Coverage: Terry Teens Learn Safe Driving Skills (March 30, WAPT-TV - Jackson, Miss.)

March 31: Poplarville High School
Poplarville, MIss.

Poplarville High School senior Raven Nightingale is excited to welcome the Ford Driving Skills for Life event. Photo by: Sam VarnHagen/Ford Motor Co.
Poplarville High School senior Raven Nightingale is excited to welcome the Ford Driving Skills for Life event. Photo by: Sam VarnHagen/Ford Motor Co. View All Photos

Media Coverage: Ford brings safety course to Poplarville (April 7, The Poplarville Democrat - Poplarville, Miss.)

Media Coverage: Driver safety program to educate PHS (March 29, WLOX - Biloxi, Miss.)

 

Alabama

March 23: Southside High School
Southside, Ala.

The packed Safe Driving Day assembly
The packed Safe Driving Day assembly

Media Coverage: Southside High students get safe driving tips (March 23, The Gadsden Times - Gadsden, Ala.)

Media Coverage: Ford Motor Co. safe driving program coming to Southside High (March 15, The Gadsden Times - Gadsden, Ala.)

March 24: Pinson Valley High School
Pinson, Ala.

The course is ready for Pinson students.
The course is ready for Pinson students.

North Carolina

March 9: Sanderson High School
Raleigh, N.C.

A local news team films the Mustang and Sanderson students.
A local news team films the Mustang and Sanderson students. View All Photos

March 10: Cary High School
Cary, N.C.

The DSFL course at Cary High School.
The DSFL course at Cary High School. View All Photos

South Carolina

March 2: R.B. Stall High School
North Charleston, S.C.

The Distracted Driving test course.
The Distracted Driving test course. View All Photos

Media Coverage: Program shows local students first-hand about driving distracted, impaired, out-of-control (March 19, The Post and Courier - Charlston, S.C.)

Media Coverage: Students learn keys to the road, life (March 2, WCIV-TV | ABC News 4 - Charlston, S.C.)

Media Coverage: Driving skills for life teaching student drivers the essentials (March 2, WCBD-TV 2 - Charlston, S.C.)

March 3: Wando High School
Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

A DSFL instructor quizzes Wando students on the meaning of street signs during a lunch period.
A DSFL instructor quizzes Wando students on the meaning of street signs during a lunch period. View All Photos

Media Coverage: On the road: Wando students learn safe driving skills (March 11, The Moultrie News - Charleston, S.C.)

Georgia
GHSA Member Spotlight: Georgia GOHS Website Details Atlanta-area Visit

Feb. 22: Chattahochee High School
Johns Creek, Ga.

A driving instructor demostrates proper hand placement to a Chattahochee High School student.
A driving instructor demostrates proper hand placement to a Chattahochee High School student. View All Photos

Media Coverage: Driving-safety clinics go into schools to help sober up teens (March 4, USA Today)

Feb. 24: West Forsyth High School
Cumming, Ga.

Ford DSFL car with tour bus in background.
Ford DSFL car with tour bus in background.

Media Coverage: Honing safe habits at West (March 4, Forsyth News - Cumming, Ga.)

Media Coverage: Forsyth County students learn effects of drunk driving (Feb. 28, Forsyth Herald - Alpharetta, Ga.)

Florida

Feb. 7 - 8: Lincoln High School
Tallahassee, Fla.

A Lincoln High School student participates in the first stop on the tour.
A Lincoln High School student participates in the first stop on the tour. View All Photos

Media Coverage: Students Test Driving Survival Skills (Feb. 8, WCTV - Tallahassee)

Feb. 9 - 10: Taylor County High School
Perry, Fla.

A Taylor County High School student trys to walk a strait line while wearing goggles that simulate impairment.
A Taylor County High School student trys to walk a strait line while wearing goggles that simulate impairment. View All Photos

Feb. 16: Winter Springs High School
Winter Springs, Fla.

Ford Mustang on the practice course.
Ford Mustang on the practice course. View All Photos

Feb. 16 - 17: New Smyrna Beach High School
New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

The tour bus outside New Smyrna Beach High School.
The tour bus outside New Smyrna Beach High School. View All Photos