Ford, Texas FFA Association Team Up to Promote Safe Driving Habits to Teens

  • Ford is working with Texas FFA Association to help strengthen teen
    driving skills and save lives; from March till June, all 1,000 Texas
    high school FFA chapters will participate in the online Ford Driving
    Skills for Life Academy
  • Since Ford launched Driving Skills for Life in 2003, more than 800,000
    new drivers of all ages have gained valuable safe driving experiences
    through global programs
  • Ford Truck and Ford Fund have a nearly 70-year history working with
    National FFA; this year, Ford is awarding more than 500 scholarships
    to FFA members
  • Texas is the largest state association for FFA, boasting a membership
    of more than 114,000 – one in six members nationwide now resides in
    Texas

DEARBORN, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ford Trucks and Ford Motor Company Fund are teaming with Texas FFA
Association to sponsor the automaker’s Driving Skills for Life program
to encourage safe driving habits among teenagers throughout Texas.

Driving Skills for Life was established in 2003 by Ford Fund, Governors
Highway Safety Association, and a panel of safety experts to teach newly
licensed drivers the necessary skills for safer driving, and the
importance of making good decisions behind the wheel. Globally, more
than 800,000 new drivers have gained valuable safe driving experiences
from the program.

Through free, hands-on ride-and-drive courses, classroom material and an
interactive website, the core curriculum focuses on vehicle handling,
hazard recognition, speed management and space management.

“Since 1997, Ford has awarded more than $8 million in college
scholarships to FFA students nationwide, and today we are furthering our
commitment by together striving to combat the leading cause of death for
young people in the U.S. through education and hands-on training,” said
James Graham, global manager, Driving Skills for Life, Ford Fund.

Between March and June, all 1,000 Texas high school FFA chapters will
participate in the online Driving Skills for Life Academy. Following the
completion of the online courses, Texas FFA members will be eligible to
participate in a hands-on driving clinic at the 88th Texas FFA State
Convention in Dallas in July.

“At Ford, we take great pride in promoting safe driving habits to young
people, and are excited to team up with the Texas FFA to sponsor this
fun, interactive curriculum,” said Doug Scott, Ford truck group
marketing manager. “As both our largest truck market and home to the
largest FFA membership base, Texas is a natural choice to host this
exciting extension of the Ford-FFA relationship.”

FFA members participating in the ride-and-drive event at the convention
will benefit from the Driving Skills for Life program’s recent
initiative to expand its curriculum on impaired driving. Participants
will have the opportunity to wear a suit and goggles that mimic how
being impaired can make a person’s movements slower, reduce
coordination, blur vision and cause certain tasks to be difficult to
complete.

Texas is home to the largest FFA organization with 1,050 local chapters
and more than 114,000 members. At the college level, 170,000 students
are enrolled in agricultural science courses, and there are 1,950
agricultural science education teachers in the state. Ford will award
more than 500 scholarships to FFA members in 2016.

“FFA and Ford have a longstanding history, having worked together for
nearly 70 years,” said Aaron Alejandro, executive director, Texas FFA
Foundation. “With more than 1,000 chapters across the state, we believe
a significant impact can be made in creating awareness of the dangers
facing newly licensed drivers and, more importantly, providing necessary
skills for safe driving habits.”

For more information on the relationship between Ford Driving Skills for
Life and Texas FFA Association, visit www.drivingskillsforlife.com/texasffa.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford
Motor Company
is a global automotive and mobility company
based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 199,000 employees and 67 plants
worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing,
manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford
cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury
vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging
opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a
leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer
experience, and data and analytics. For more information regarding Ford,
its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit
www.corporate.ford.com.

About Texas FFA Association

The Texas FFA is one of the nation’s largest state FFA Associations
with more than 114,000 members and more than 1,050 FFA chapters. FFA
makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their
potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success
through hands-on agricultural education. For more information about the
Texas FFA Association, visit
www.texasffa.org.

For news releases, related materials and high-resolution photos and
video, visit www.media.ford.com.

Contacts

Ford Motor Company
Todd Nissen
313.322.4898
tnissen@ford.com
or
Texas
FFA Association
Aaron Alejandro
512.480.8047
info@texasffafoundation.org