The global Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) programme was on Saturday extended to Gulu amid great excitement. The Cooper Motor Corporation (CMC), the exclusive distributor of Ford in Uganda hosted DSFL in partnership with Road Safety Initiative (RSI) at Boma Grounds in Gulu Town on Saturday.
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.
A mix of classroom and practical training sessions, DSFL equips motorists with practical skills that help improve road safety and promote fuel efficient driving techniques.
Briefing participants during the theoretical session before the practicaltest-drive began, the Training Director, DSFL, Ford Motor Company South Africa, Derek Kirkby explained that Ford is committed to saving lives across its global markets. Stressing the importance of the DSFL programme, Derek said that available statistics have proven that vehicle-related deaths claim more lives on a daily basis across the globe than deaths from gun violence. 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.
“We are delighted to host the DSFL programme for the third time,” said Herman Mbalasi, the Country Manager CMC Uganda. “Our motive is to equip drivers with essential skills and life-saving driving techniques highlighted by the DSFL programme. This will contribute towards reducing the number of road accidents in the country, and make drivers more aware of the consequences of distracted or impaired driving.”
DSFL is a free driver training programme that was established in the United States in 2003 by the Ford Motor Company Fund, and has been progressively rolled out around the world. It has already been launched in seven markets across the Sub-Saharan Africa region, including: Angola, Madagascar, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.