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Old 17th October 2011, 19:58   #1
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Default @ Chennai BHPians : Ford's "Driving Skills for Life" program on Sunday, 23rd October

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Keeping in mind Team-BHP's commitment to safe driving, Ford is organising a "Driving Skills for Life" program only for BHPians. You can own any make of car as a participant (or not own one at all). Only requirement is a commitment to driving safe, and motivation to improve your driving skills. Participation is free of cost.

- Link to the Bangalore session held last month (Ford's "Driving Skills for Life" for Bangalore BHPians. EDIT : Report Pg. 10 onward).

- What? Refer to the post below for my report on the DSFL program.

- When? Sunday, 23rd October 2011 from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm. The interactive classroom session by a Ford trainer will be followed by refreshments and a demonstrative practical session.

- Where? L25, Taramani - Velachery Road, Taramani, Tiruvanmaiyur, Chennai - 600041.

- Capacity? The session can accommodate 40 BHPians (Team-BHP guests also welcome). Prior registration is mandatory.

- How do I register? Drop an email to drivesafe@team-bhp.com with your name and cell number.

Thanks to Ford India for organising this event for us, and for pro-actively conducting the DSFL program across the country. India is in dire need of safer roads.

P.S. Good chance to meet fellow BHPians too
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"Driving Skills for Life"



Source: Visit to Ford's Chennai Factory (PICS : Ford's Chennai Factory. Detailed report on the making of Figos, Fiestas...)

As part of its "Corporate Social Responsibility" initiative, Ford has recently launched the "Driving Skills for Life" education program in India. The program's scope will cover its employees, while some dealers too have evinced interest in conducting the program at their level.

So, what is the Driving Skills for life program?
  • Training that includes theoretical (classroom) and practical sessions
  • Total time = About 2 hours in the classroom, and another 1.5 hours for practicals
  • Subjects : Driving for Safety. Driving for Economy.
  • Several points covered, including the importance of seat belts (for rear passengers too), maintaining a "3 second" distance from the car ahead, right of way at intersections, the dangers of speeding (e.g. the dramatic difference in braking distances from 60 versus 65 mph), blind spots, avoiding distractions (SMS'ing while driving) and, of course, maximising fuel economy (the right gear changes).
  • Videos made the training interesting. Sure-shot way of captivating the audience.
  • Mr. Shakti from Hubert Ebner (Ford's partner in the event) is so obviously well-read on the subject. He frequently backed up bits of safety advice with sheer statistics (nothing like numbers to drive the safety message home).
  • Though the program is targeting regular drivers, even as a petrolhead, I benefited from some key points (e.g. seat belts for rear passengers, importance of daytime running lights etc.). Great refresher of safety pointers for pros too.

More info at the Driving Skills for Life Homepage


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Is it open only to owners of Ford cars ?
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Hi Longhorn,

Request to read the opening post carefully:

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You can own any make of car as a participant (or not own one at all). Only requirement is a commitment to driving safe, and motivation to improve your driving skills. Participation is free of cost.
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I have registered just now!
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I have registered too. Waiting for the confirmation mail!
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Any plans for Delhi?
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Feels so glad to be a t-bhp member to get such good opportunities.
I have registered too. Waiting for confirmation mail.

Thanks!
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i have registered for 2 persons, just now, waiting for confirmation mail.
cheers.

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Any plans for Delhi?
Hopefully, sometime soon.

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waiting for confirmation mail.cheers.
As long as you send the mail, you are confirmed. Just swing by the venue on Sunday. In case of any changes, Ford will call you.
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Thanks GTO for the initiative.
Cheers, Good Day.
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I have just now sent a mail for registration. I would like to know the venue is Ford Dealer ship located on Velachery Road (while coming in Old Mahabalipuram road from Madhya Kailash you have to take a right turn in the first signal after crossing the Tidel Park signal)
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Great! Too late to join since I need to travel!
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Wonderful initiative. Thank you, GTO.

I've just sent the request to drivesafe@team-bhp.com. Waiting for confirmation.
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Thanks GTO. I too have sent a mail. Waiting for confirmation.
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