On Saturday, all roads led to Boma Grounds in Gulu town as Ford Motor Company and its local distributor, the Cooper Motor Corporation (CMC) extended the highly-acclaimed global Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) programme to the Northern town.
CMC hosted DSFL in partnership with Road Safety Initiative (RSI). RSI was established in 2010, in response to a significant increase in road accidents in the country. The organisation has been created to support the national safety and transportation system, tackle road safety issues, reduce road accidents, and deaths resulting from road accidents. The event included DSFL lead instructors who provided participants from local government, hospitals, universities, businessmen as well as farmers, with a combination of classroom training and on-the-road practice.
The participants got the opportunity to learn about the features that the Ford Ranger, Wildtrak and Everest offer such as safety, departure angles, brake distance on gravel and anti-lock braking system (ABS) and how to use other four-wheel drive functions such as traction control, locking differential and drive train.
The DSFL programme aims at raising awareness of road safety and helps reduce traffic fatalities and injuries by educating drivers on the skills and techniques needed to drive more safely. The training was done by Derek Kirkby, the Director Training Ford Motor Company South Africa, Motebang Mokoena and Aloysius Kawooya. The programme was established in the United States in 2003 by the Ford Motor Company Fund and has been progressively rolled our around the world. It was launched in Uganda in 2016 at Fecitino Cite Mukono. The programme features some of the newest and most innovative tools and techniques to teach drivers to become safer and more aware, thus enabling them to make sound decisions behind the wheel. DSFL is Ford’s flagship global corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme offering free-of-charge, hands-on driver training that covers hazard recognition, vehicle handling, speed/space management, and distraction awareness.