The OTS, Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and Ford Driving Skills for Life are teaming up to provide free, hands-on training to teen drivers in Anaheim February 15th and 16th.
The training program at Angels Stadium kicks off a 2020 tour featuring 16 cities across the country.
Teens will get behind the wheel with professional instructors to hone their skills in hazard recognition, vehicle handling, as well as speed and space management.
Teens will also be able to understand the dangers of impaired driving through the use of suits that are designed to simulate the effects of impairment.
"Driving is something new and exciting for teens, but it also takes practice," OTS Director Barbara Rooney said. "Ford Driving Skills for Life is a great way for young drivers to gain valuable hands-on training from those with many years of experience. Developing safe habits early prepares teens for the many trips ahead of them."
Young drivers face the greatest risk of getting in a crash compared to all other age groups. In California, drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are nearly three times as likely to be in a crash resulting in injury or death compared to other drivers.
First established in 2003,
Ford Driving Skills for Life
is intended to teach new drivers safe driving skills that go beyond what is taught in standard driver education programs. Since 2003, the program has trained more than 1 million teens across 44 countries.