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Teenage drivers are encouraged to register for a nationally acclaimed driver-education program coming to Lincoln this month.

Ford Driving Skills for Life, sponsored locally by the Nebraska Safety Council, is open to drivers ages 16 to 18 who already have a permit or license. It focuses on skills beyond those taught in traditional driver education courses.

In particular, the hands-on training will address areas that are considered critical factors in more than 60 percent of crashes: hazard recognition, vehicle handling, speed and space management. There is also a comprehensive section on distracted and impaired driving.

The half-day course will be at Haymarket Park on Oct. 18, and will visit the Nebraska Safety Center Driving Range in Kearney on Oct. 17 and Werner Park in Papillion on Oct. 19. All events run from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch is provided.

Participants are eligible for a $250 scholarship or $100 Visa gift card. 

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