ADESA Des Moines hosted a Ford Driving Skills for Life (Ford DSFL) training program that gave young adults the opportunity to learn advanced driving skills in a controlled environment.

In four educational and engaging sessions held over two days, hundreds of teens learned four critical driving skills—hazard recognition, vehicle handling, speed management and space management. Children of ADESA Des Moines employees and customers were also part of a session.

In one course, instructors taught the drivers techniques for regaining control of a sliding car, as if on snow or ice.

Teens also got to experience distracted and impaired driving simulators, to help them realize the dangers of being on the road while unfocused or under the influence.

ADESA Des Moines first served as a host for the Ford DSFL in 2015. This year, the auction was the last of four stops on a summer tour that also included Louisville, Cleveland and Chicago.

The Ford DSFL was established in 2003 by Ford Motor Company Fund, the Governors Highway Safety Association and a panel of safety experts to teach newly licensed teens the necessary skills for safe driving, beyond what they learn in standard driver education programs.

Studies show that crash rates are highest among teens in their first few hundred miles on the road. Of those crashes, 60 percent result from inexperience in the four key skills highlighted in DSFL sessions.

Hosting this program is a great way for ADESA Des Moines to give back to their local community—especially the kids—and help keep everybody safe on the roads.

Check out photos from this year’s ADESA Des Moines’ Ford DSFL sessions below.

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2018 Ford DSFL at ADESA Des Moines

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2018 Ford DSFL at ADESA Des Moines

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2018 Ford DSFL at ADESA Des Moines