This Week in Ford Racing October 20, 2010 This past Sunday marked the beginning of National Teen Driver Safety Week. For the past two years, Colin Braun, driver of the No. 16 Con-way Freight Ford Fusion, has been the spokesperson for Ford...
This Week in Ford Racing
October 20, 2010
This past Sunday marked the beginning of National Teen Driver Safety Week. For the past two years, Colin Braun, driver of the No. 16 Con-way Freight Ford Fusion, has been the spokesperson for Ford Driving Skills for Life, a national program geared towards teaching teens the necessary skills for safe driving beyond what they learn in standard driver education programs. Braun talks about the importance of safe driving and offers some advice for those just learning to drive.
COLIN BRAUN - No. 16 Con-way Freight Ford Fusion
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF TEEN SAFE DRIVING? "It's always important to be a safe driver and it's kind of cool that they have a National Teen Safe Driving week. I hope that everybody takes the opportunity to check out the Ford Driving Skills for Life website and check out all of the cool courses and instructions and tips that they have on the website. I think it's something that everybody should go and check out. It might really open up their eyes to a lot of things that are out there and available for them to teach them the importance of safe driving."
WITH YOUR EXPERIENCE LEARNING HOW TO DRIVE IN A REAL WORLD SITUATION, WHAT ARE SOME TIPS THAT YOU CAN OFFER TO TEEN DRIVERS OUT THERE? "I think the biggest one is being distracted while you're driving, that's the biggest tip. I think everyone out there can drive a street car without much problem if they stay focused 100 percent on the task in front of the car. When you start texting, start talking with your friends, and eat in your car that's when you get distracted and bad things happen."
YOU'VE HAD YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE FOR A WHILE NOW. DOES CONFIDENCE BEHIND THE WHEEL GROW WITH TIME? "I definitely feel more comfortable behind the wheel, but at the same time feeling like you're more comfortable behind the wheel can be misleading. It's tough because the more you drive the more comfortable behind the wheel you get, but sometimes the more comfortable you get the easier it is to get distracted behind the wheel. Being distracted and driving is just as bad if you're a new teenage driver or you're an experienced driver. It's actually a tough place to be. You almost have to be more disciplined the more experienced you are at driver."
FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T VISITED THE FORD DRIVING SKILLS FOR LIFE WEBSITE BEFORE WHAT ARE SOME OF THE TOOLS ON THERE THEY CAN FIND? "The site is pretty cool and very interactive. It has learning modules, videos about safe driving tips and how to take care of your car, and interactive games. It's really helpful for any driver to visit the site. DSFL also goes out and has these ride and drives where teens get a chance to go through this course to help them improve their skills in four area that are the cause of more than 60% of vehicle crashes such as hazard recognition, vehicle handling, speed management and space management. I've been a part of this program for the past two years now and have really enjoyed it. I think it's great a way for teens to learn about the importance of safety on the roads.
-source: ford racing