|Ford Malaysia recently completed a global road safety program, entitled “Driving Skills for Life”, at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).|
University students from IIUM were the invitees to participate in Ford’s DSFL program, following sessions with the German Malaysian Institute, Taylor’s University and Malaysian Multimedia University.
The complimentary DSFL workshops, meant for the university students, were specially tailored to address the risks that young drivers face on the road, such as dealing with unexpected situations, the dangers of distracted driving such as use of mobile phones while behind the wheel, hazard recognition, speed management and the importance of child seats. Participants also gained valuable safe driving knowledge from a range of topics that covered steering control, under-steer and over-steer, tips for highway driving and driving in the rain.
“Being a newly licensed driver, my confidence increased after attending DSFL. The session really helped me with skills to stay calm even when in emergency situations, and I learned how to appropriately apply ABS braking without losing control,” Ain Syafiqah Za’aba, one of the DSFL participants and a third year Bachelor of Computer and Information Engineering student, testified.
Another student, Nur Ashra Arshad undertaking her Bachelor in Human Sciences added, “DSFL was an eye opener and it is an effective program. Before attending the workshop, I never knew the right way to hold the steering wheel or how to manoeuvre a vehicle safely through corners. The instructors made learning about safe driving skills fun, and I will definitely recommend my friends join.”
The program was also useful as a refresher for more experienced drivers, with Ford recently hosting more than 100 owners from a range of Ford owner’s clubs for intensive training sessions.
DSFL is Ford’s flagship global corporate social responsibility (CSR) program. In Asia, Ford DSFL is now in its ninth successful year of training licensed drivers of all ages. In addition to Malaysia, DSFL training is provided in China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.