This DSFL is a specially designed program by Ford, running all over the world with the aim of spreading driving skills and knowledge through “training the trainer”.
The NAJA training for her members is an annual event where the motoring correspondents in Nigeria are brought up to speed in the current trends through theory and practical trainings. For two years consecutively now, Ford Motors and Coscharis Motors have flown in foreign professional driver trainers who come to teach/refresh the motoring journalist’s driving competencies especially as regarding safety on the road.
|Frank Kintum; Chairman of NAJA presenting an appreciation plaque to the trainers.|
This is very essential bearing in mind the statement from the Federal Road Safety Commission which says that ‘80% of accidents are due to human factors so training is vital to reduce road deaths and injuries”.
The training for this year was very comprehensive as the two trainers sent from Ford Motors; Derek and Mo poured out their hearts out and gave us their best yet in a very warm, rich, entertaining and educating format.
The training proper covered areas such as basic tips on safety before and while driving off, use of child seats for child safety, proper utilization of the anti-lock braking system (A.B.S) especially how to successfully use it to dodge obstacles while under heavy braking.
|Proving the ABS effectiveness with the Ford Figo.|
Equally, participants learnt about driving on a 4×4 trail requiring the use of four-wheel drive and about the features that the Ford Ranger offers such as safety, departure angles, brake distance on gravel and anti-lock braking system (A.B.S) and how to use other four-wheel drive functions such as traction control, locking differential and drive train.
|Demonstrating the awesome effectiveness of the 4 Wheel Drive system of the Ford Ranger while the vehicle is stuck.|
The highlight to this practical exercise was the segment that simulated driving while drunk which was done with the use of the drunk-driving goggles. This segment is designed to teach participants the many ills of the huge impairment alcoholic drinks bring on a driver and yes, it did prove its point as it became glaring that alcoholic drinks and driving should never be mixed. All the participants once adorning the goggles were not able to correctly drive though the slalom course designed for the event.
More pictures below….
|Derek giving child seat tips.|
|Mo briefing participants before it got to their turns.|
|Time for practicals.|
|See the driver missing the cones while driving ‘drunk’.|
|My turn to drive ‘drunk’.|