Ford’s DSFL Moves to Promote Safe Driving to Newer Cities with Training Program and Pledge Campaign

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Stepping up its efforts to spread the message of Safe, Economic and Eco-friendly driving through the Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) program, Ford India today culminated its ‘Train the Trainers(TTT)’ workshop with additional pool of qualified trainers to accelerate its drive to bring new dealerships in the program for this year.

At the occasion, Ford India also launched First Gear, a guide for the first-time car buyers, and announced its all-new digital pledge campaign for safe driving. Hosting select media and social media representatives, the event also emphasized Ford India’s success in spreading the DSFL message to drivers across the nation as well as its plans to extend the program to newer markets in 2012. Introduced in India in 2009, DSFL is a regional program that focuses on helping combat the global epidemic of road fatalities. Since launch, the program has seen tremendous success in the country, with diverse driver groups. In total, around 4500 drivers have been trained in DSFL since 2009 and 50,000 across Asia Pacific and Africa.  In 2012, Ford India aims to take DSFL to a higher level by extending the program to customers in dealerships in Tier Two cities – Ajmer, Chandigarh, Guwahati, Jaipur and Mehsana, while continuing its focus on key markets such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore.

“We have always considered it our responsibility not just to produce safer cars, but also to ensure more responsible driving on the roads,” said Michael Boneham, president and managing director of Ford India. “India has one of the highest motor vehicle injury and fatality rate in the world and we believe driver education and refreshment through programs such as DSFL can help improve the situation.”

Ford India’s executive director for Manufacturing, Tom Chackalackal along with Minnie Menon, columnist and DSFL evangelist, launched its car buyer guide and were first takers of the new pledge campaign, I Pledge to Drive Safe.  The pledge is available on Ford India’s Facebook community page, where drivers can enroll and share it among friends to encourage safe and responsible driving.

“This is a great initiative by Ford India,” said Ms. Menon. “I have been associated with DSFL for over a year now and I find the program to be informative and aimed at reaching the right people with the right message to help increase responsible driving. Today’s book-launch and pledge program only emphasizes Ford’s commitment.”

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