Drive for Safety: Teens test their skills

9:58 AM, Sep 15, 2011   |    comments
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SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Ford's Driving Skills for Life program is visiting 30 high schools across the country and giving teen drivers hands-on challenges to help improve their driving.

Scarborough High School juniors and seniors were put to the test in a series of three obstacles that tested their distraction awareness, vehicle handling, and impaired driving.  Drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 years old account for 13% of Maine drivers, and are involved in 36% of all auto accidents, according to Ford Motor Company.  Inexperience behind the wheel is the number one reason teens are involved in crashes.

The main message the instructors want to get across to the drivers is to slow down.  There's plenty of time to be safe if you're driving the proper speed. Driving Skills for Life will be at Bonny Eagle High School on Thursday.


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