Ford and its local distribution partner, Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC), once again hosted a safe driver training programme to corporate partners and members of the public through the long-standing Ford Global Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) programme.
The training sessions were held at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) where more than 50 licensed drivers – including corporate partners, participated in two half-day workshops.
According to the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS), nearly 81 percent of road accidents in Malaysia are caused by driver error, such as unsuitable speed management or impaired driving.
Therefore, the Ford Driving Skills for Life programme aims to educate licensed drivers of all ages how to drive safely through practical, hands on experiences, provided free-or-charge, helping them become safer, more aware drivers.
The DSFL workshops addresses various driver risks, such as dealing with unexpected scenarios, speed and space management as well as raises awareness on distracted driving caused by mobile phone use or drowsiness.
Family safety tips, such as the importance of ensuring child seats are securely fastened or driving tips for expectant mothers, were also highlighted in both classroom and practical sessions.
“Road safety is a very serious issue and a top priority for us at Ford and SDAC. Apart from ensuring that our vehicles continue to comply with and exceed safety standards, we also consider it our responsibility to implement public awareness initiatives to promote safety. We are proud to be part of this programme and continue to help reinforce best practices for safe driving among Malaysian motorists,” said Syed Ahmad Muzri Syed Faiz, Managing Director, Sime Darby Auto Connexion.
An emphasis on the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or medication was also incorporated in each training session. This included having participants wear specially designed goggles that help simulate the experience of driving while movement, coordination and alertness are impaired.
The DSFL safety training workshop has successfully reached over 100 Malaysian licensed drivers this year alone, with scheduled workshops taking place since August. Participants comprised inexperienced young drivers and professional drivers from various private companies.