Imagine a world where all vehicles are Fords, where the scenic views out the window all look little bit like old skool Nintendo video games (somewhere between Pole Position and F-Zero) and where each intersection brings with it another chance to learn a valuable lesson. If you can imagine that, then you'll know what to expect when you head over to Ford's Driving Skills For Life website.

Why would you voluntarily subject yourself to such a site? Well, perhaps Ford's new "eco-driving" module is enough to tempt you. Ford recently added this tutorial to the site and it's a place where you can learn such driving tips like:
  • Drive at posted speed limits
  • Accelerate smoothly and brake gradually
  • Don't be an aggressive driver
  • Check your tires
  • Don't idle for more than 30 seconds
There, now I've given you even less of a reason to go. But perhaps AutoblogGreen readers aren't DSFL's primary target audience. While there is a social-networking aspect to the DSFL site (invite friends to gain points), the place feels like something a court would order people to visit. Anyway, the tips are still useful, so that's something.

[Source: Ford]


FORD OFFERS COURSE ON ECO-DRIVING


DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 24, 2007 – Visit Ford Motor Company's Driving Skills for Life Web site and learn the importance of consuming less fuel to help protect the environment.

The online eco-driving tutorial is available on www.drivingskillsforlife.com – click on the Eco-Driving icon from the menu on the home page. The tutorial reviews ways to conserve fuel while driving, which in turn helps reduce CO2 emissions. Some of the tips offered include:

  • Drive at posted speed limits
  • Accelerate smoothly and brake gradually
  • Don't be an aggressive driver
  • Check your tires
  • Don't idle for more than 30 seconds
Ford and the Governors Highway Safety Association established Driving Skills for Life in 2003 to provide effective learning tools, including the comprehensive interactive Web site that rewards students for taking the initiative to learn safe driving techniques.

In addition, educator materials are available at no charge in both English and Spanish, allowing instruction of the program in school or community settings. Driving Skills for Life has held hands on driving events that have reached nearly 6,000 students. The program also combines learning materials for use by students, parents, educators, and instructors for use at home, in schools and community settings.




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