“As part of this year’s DSFL program, we decided to invite our friends from the media and their loved ones to participate in a seminar, and see just how simple it is to be a safe, smart and fuel efficient driver. With our Driving Skills for Life campaign, we hope to do our part in promoting road safety across the region and closer to home,” said Anika Salceda-Wycoco, FGP’s AVP for Communications.
Unlike safe sex which only requires wearing a condom, being a safe driver doesn't just involve wearing a seatbelt. Especially when driving on the Philippines' notorious roads, an accident can be waiting for you just around the corner. We can blame road conditions, other drivers, pedestrians, or even poor governance; but in reality, road safety should begin with ourselves.
Most of us know what road signs and lane markings mean, but do we really follow them? Oblivious to their purpose, some don't understand the fact that they're put up for our own safety. Traffic laws should be observed no matter where we are, what time it is, or even if a traffic enforcer is present or not. Sadly, there are those who can't even identify what a road sign is and shouldn't be on the road in the first place.
Other major causes of road accidents include over-speeding, drunk driving, and use of mobile phones.
Here are Ford's Top 5 DSFL driving tips to become a safer driver:
Tip 1. Use safety / restraining belts at all times
Tip 2. Adjust rear and side-view mirrors for clear sight
Tip 3. Drive relaxed and anticipate traffic situations
Tip 4. Avoid distractions, including mobile phone use
Tip 5. Maintain a safe 3-second distance between other vehicles
Driving Skills for Life
It is important to realize that being a careful driver is not the same as being a safe driver. Just because we hold a driver's license and take caution while driving doesn't mean that we're educated drivers and most certainly does not guarantee us from accidents. It's about time for us to start being responsible and become a safe driver, because it can help save lives.
Ford's Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) is conducted in collaboration with Tuason Racing School (TRS) and offers free courses in both classroom and practical training to help educate road users of all ages on safe and smart driving practices. Currently, the DFSL program is on a University Tour and targets to visit 15 colleges and universities in the Philippines by year's end.