Ford Philippines has launched the 14th edition of the globally-recognized Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) program as part of the company’s Global Caring Month celebrated every September, reinforcing Ford’s long-standing advocacy on road and vehicle safety.
Participants endorsed by the Local Government Units of Muntinlupa and Las Piñas together with members of the motoring media joined the first session today at The Levels by Filinvest grounds in Filinvest City, Alabang.
This year’s DSFL will mark the return of in-person training sessions and hands-on driving exercises. Aside from face-to-face classes, the DSFL will also be available as a fully online training program and a combination of in-person and virtual training session for selected audiences.
With the theme ‘Learning Safe and Fuel-Efficient Driving In The New Normal’, this year’s DSFL covers key topics on basic vehicle dynamics, pandemic driving precautions and car maintenance, driving in various conditions, safe driving technologies, anti-distracted driving, fuel-efficient driving, and a brief refresher on the Non-Contact Apprehension Policy and new road rules and regulations.
Meanwhile, the hands-on driving session will include exercises on parking, braking, anti-distracted driving, and fuel-efficient driving.
“We culminate our Global Caring Month celebration in the Philippines this year with the launch of the DSFL, and we’re excited to finally be able to conduct the DSFL as an in-person training program complemented by fully virtual sessions and hybrid face-to-face and virtual sessions to reach more drivers nationwide,” shares EJ Francisco, Communications director, Ford Philippines. “Each year, we innovate and find ways to enrich the DSFL experience by making it a training program that is relevant to the times and needs of our audience.”
The DSFL has successfully trained close to 30,000 drivers since it was launched in the country in 2008. Over the years, the program has made itself relevant with the changing road conditions, policies, and government regulations. In 2021, over 1,600 public and private drivers participated in more than 20 virtual DSFL sessions conducted on Zoom.
The DSFL has been a consistent recipient of awards in the country. Early this year, it bagged a Gold Award in the road safety category of the 5th Driven to Serve Awards of the Society of Philippine Motoring Journalists (SPMJ).
Driving Skills for Life was established in the United States in 2003 by Ford Motor Company Fund, the U.S. Governors Highway Safety Association, and a panel of safety experts, to teach newly licensed drivers the necessary skills for safe driving beyond what is learned in standard driver education programs. In the Philippines, the DSFL is conducted by long-time partner and training facilitator Tuason Racing School.
A number of virtual DSFL sessions will be open to the public to register and participate. Visit the Ford Philippines’ Facebook page for more updates.