Scappoose High School students will participate in the Ford Driving Skills for Life Safety Tour during an upcoming assembly on Feb. 2 as a way to learn additional safe-driving skills.
The program was established in 2003 by the Governors Highway Safety Association, Ford Motor Company Fund and by a panel of safety experts.
Driving Skills for Life representatives will lead the assembly and discuss such topics as: driver distractions, vehicle handling, speed/space management and hazard recognition.
Columbia County Commissioner Earl Fisher, who is co-chair of the U.S. Highway 30 Safety Corridor Working Group, will also speak with students about the importance of practicing safe driving skills.
After the assembly, students will have the chance to get one-on-one safe driving experience alongside former professional racecar driver Mike Speck. The students and Speck will drive a Ford Mustang on a controlled course in the high school parking lot.
"They're driving the car and they're experiencing a lot of the challenges that teen drivers face in real life, but they have a professional driver next to them telling them what to do and how to handle those situations safely," said Ford Motor spokesperson Jenny Yim-Nordquist.
Yim-Nordquist said the safety tour is all about offering young drivers extra knowledge and driving practice.
"I think it's important for all of us to learn how to be safe drivers, but especially when you are a teenager and you don't have a lot of experience with driving. It's nice to have a program like Driving Skills For Life to help you gain additional experience while you have a professional driver with you."
The Feb. 2 assembly begins at 8:30 a.m.
For more information about the program, go to www.drivingskillsforlife.com.