Fifteen years ago, Ford founded the Driving Skills for Life program, which is dedicated to spreading awareness for safer driving habits in order to reduce fatal and life-altering traffic accidents. The company has not only changed lives, but also reached out and collaborated with countless individuals, organizations, and communities working to increase awareness about the dangers of inexperienced and unsafe driving habits.
Part of the celebration of the anniversary involves honoring what Ford is referring to as the “Unsung Heroes of Highway Safety.” These six candidates were honored for their commitment to keeping America’s roads safe.
- Martha Tessmer lost her son to distracted driving and decided to use her 38 years of teaching experience to design lesson plans around the perils of distracted driving.
- Jacob Smith came perilously close to death in a collision and travels the country speaking to young people about vehicle safety.
- From 2005-2006, Tazewell County of Illinois lost 15 young people in accidents, and award winner John Shallenberger, a sheriff’s deputy, formed Operation Teen Safe Driving that helped cut fatalities by 50 percent.
- Purnima Uni created the “Be in the Zone” teen motor vehicle safety initiative at a children’s hospital in Franklin, Tennessee.
- Andy Pilgrim of Bowling Green, Kentucky, is a race car driver that uses his time off of the track to talk to parents about how their driving habits influence their children.
- Sandy Spavone founded National Youth Traffic Safety Month and has worked with youth peer education programs for 16 years.
At the event, Ford also unveiled WheelSwap, a driving simulation geared towards teaching inexperienced drivers better habits.
In coming years, Ford’s Driving Skills for Life program will continue its work in community outreach and promoting a healthier, safer life for all drivers on the road. Jim Vella, president of the Ford Motor Company Fund, said, “We thank each of our honorees for their important work, and for representing the countless safety advocates… who help keep our families safe everyday.”
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Ford is always looking for ways to give back to local communities, especially in its hometown of Detroit. Recently, the Ford brand partnered with the Detroit Medical Center to find an easy and efficient way to get more Detroit residents to the doctor. The Ford GoRide program offers non-emergency medical transportation, which is especially helpful for elderly patients or other individuals who might live far from the hospital.
The Ford GoRide program, according to Ford, is helping patients get top medical care at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Receiving Hospital, Sinai-Grace hospital, and many more. The Ford Transit vans used for GoRide have special equipment and trained drivers to help those with mobility challenges.
“Helping patients with mobility issues or no access to transportation make it to their medical appointments on time and in a safe and comfortable manner is a key part of delivering on our DMC mission,” said DMC Chief Strategy Officer Joel Keiper. “This collaboration with Ford GoRide is one example of how we work to address the needs of our community members and collaborate to provide beneficial solutions that improve the patient experience.”
About 3.6 million American don’t get proper health care because of a lack of transportation, a problem Ford aims to address with the new GoRide program. So far, drivers have a 97-percent on-time pick-up and delivery average, which means patients can rest assured they’ll make it to the doctor for their next appointment.
If you need a new or used vehicle to get you to and from the doctor, contact us at Midwest Ford. We’ll be happy to help you find the ride that fits your needs.
Everyone loves a summer blockbuster and this year, dealerships across the country are preparing for an exciting one — the limited-edition Mustang Bullitt. This 480-horsepower Mustang will pay homage to the classic 1968 film by the same name starring Steve McQueen.
In “Bullitt,” McQueen drives a Highland Green 1968 Mustang GT fastback. The 2019 special edition will be available in the same iconic green color and offers a classic cue ball shifter. It bundles together the GT Premium and Performance packages to deliver an impressive punch.
“The new Bullitt will be every bit as cool and charismatic as the original ’68 Mustang,” said Corey Holter, Ford car group marketing manager. “Since its introduction earlier this year, Ford dealers have been fielding calls from customers wanting to know when they can order this unique piece of automotive history.”
Along with the Dark Highland Green color, Shadow Black is also available. Other exterior highlights include chrome accents for the front black grille and windows and 19-inch aluminum wheels with red Brembo™ brakes.
Inside, details are kept to a minimum with green accent stitching on the leather-trimmed dashboard, seats, center console, and door panels. The 2019 Mustang Bullitt will go on sale this summer, but you can place your order online today.
For more information on the iconic Mustang Bullitt and the 2019 model, visit Midwest Ford.
In the days of ride-sharing services, it’s hardly surprising that Ford would join in on the innovation. Ford’s Chariot is a shuttle service that makes commuting easier than ever.
Chariot is an intelligent and luxurious ride service that operates daily shuttles between workplaces and residential areas. It’s similar to a bus in its operation, but even more peaceful on the inside. Each shuttle is a 14-seat Ford Transit van, making for optimal comfort. Every van is equipped with a Wi-Fi hotspot, making it easy to stay connected even on your commute.
Chariot was initially founded in September 2016 and has since been expanded. In the past month, Chariot has expanded to Columbus, Ohio, and even across the pond to London! While it’s not in Kansas just yet, you can bet that Chariot’s services will continue to expand. But until that happens, we can always provide you with your own chariot here at Midwest Ford.
In fact, Ford recently announced a commitment to build an “open smart city platform.” Various transportation networks will be connected across cities and will begin crossing into each other. Ford is also looking into making self-driving cars available to various ride services, making for an advanced and transportation-friendly world.
If you’re looking for a new high-tech vehicle of your own, stop by Midwest Ford to take a look at our inventory.