New program aims to educate new teen drivers in areas where they lack experience

Strive 4 A Safer Drive on Live in the D

One of the most exciting rites of passage for teens is getting a driver’s license.

It can also be one of the most troubling for parents who have concerns about safety.

Amid National Teen Driver Safety Week this week, we are highlighting an initiative called “Strive 4 a Safer Drive,” which is dedicated to helping teens make safer driving choices.

After Congress created the safety week, Ford Motor Company did several studies to try to learn why teens are getting into accidents. The company found teenagers lacked experience in four key areas: hazard recognition, vehicle handling, speed and space management, and distracted and impaired driving.

What the company resolved from those findings is that teens need more experience behind the wheel, beyond what they get in driver’s education. That’s why the Ford Motor Company and the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning came up with the Strive 4 a Safer Drive initiative. The two hold clinics to teach safer driving habits, and work with schools to create safer driving programs.

Right now, Strive 4 a Safer Drive is accepting applications for high schools in Metro Detroit. Applications are due by Nov. 19, and the first 30 schools to apply will receive a rebate.

For more information, watch the full video above, or click or tap here to apply.

About the Author:

Michelle Oliver is a multimedia Journalist for the 10 a.m. lifestyle show, "Live in the D." She is known as "the food girl" because of her two popular food franchises, Dine in the D and Find Your Fix. Michelle also covers stories on homegrown businesses, style, and other fun things happening in the D.