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Club News Story

Driving Instruction Opportunity

2018 / 04 / 30

Dear Madame/Sir,

My name is Chris Bednarz and I am sending this message on behalf of Ford of Canada.

Ford of Canada offers a great defensive driving program for students called Ford Driving Skills for Life. We are looking for young drivers with a G1 to join our Ottawa Session – please see below for details:

Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) (click here for youtube video link) is a free, completely hands-on training program for newly licenced drivers. The program teaches skills beyond what is taught in standard driver’s education programs. DSFL was established in 2003 by the Ford Motor Company Fund, and has since expanded to over 40 countries around the world. The program first came to Canada in 2014 with sessions in Toronto and Calgary and we’ve been expanding to other cities across Canada with this year being our 2nd time in Ottawa.

DSFL focuses on the following key areas:

·         Hazard Recognition

·         Vehicle Handling (How to recover from a oversteer situation in a Ford Mustang!)

·         Space Management

·         Speed Management

·         Distracted Driving (Teaching the dangers of texting and driving)

·         Impaired Driving (With Fatal Vision Googles – Partnering with Ottawa Police Services)

The program is conducted on a closed course with professional instructors as well as law enforcement personnel. We are partnering with the Ottawa Police Services and will have officers present throughout the event. In fact, they will be administering the lesson on the dangers of impaired driving activity. Participants must be at least 16 years of age, are required to have a valid driver’s license in order to drive (at least a learners permit or G1) as well as signed waivers. The training helps to educate inexperienced drivers about real-world situations that they may face behind the wheel, including: The importance of concentration, car feel and handling, visual techniques and choices.

***Student’s without a leaners permit may also attend but they will not be able to drive. They will get a chance to sit in the backseat and this can give them a whole new perspective on how dangerous distracted or impaired driving can be***

Also attached is a news article from the Windsor Star that provides more information about our event as well as a presentation about the different activities in our program.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, May 17th and Friday, May 18th

Time: Morning session: 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM, Afternoon Session: 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM (participants only need to attend one session)

Location: Rockcliffe Flying Club at 1495 Sir George-Étienne Cartier Pkwy

Requirements: At least a G1 license and signed media release and waiver form (attached)

Cost: FREE!!!

Registration: (click on Training events and select session)

This is a fantastic and fun way to teach young drivers about staying safe on the roads with techniques taught by professional drivers and also learn the consequences of impaired and distracted driving from local law enforcement personnel. 

Thank you so much for your time and consideration. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Please feel free to cascade this information to anyone who you feel may benefit from this program!

Christopher Bednarz

Government Relations Analyst Intern

Ford of Canada

P: 905-845-2511 x1458


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