“The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.” – Henry Ford. After over 110 years since Ford Motor Company opened its door, this simple motto of its founder is still shining through Ford’s today operations.

Ford - not just a motor maker

Ford Motor Company – 100 years of American motor making tradition, photo by Yvonne Jasinski Creditcard TravelingMom

During my recent Traveling Mom retreat in Orlando, I had the pleasure to attend Ford Company’s presentation about its newest car models. I also learned about the company’s involvement in areas far beyond its motor production.

I am not a car expert. In my daily routine, I just need a reliable car, but when I go on a trip it is different story. I want everything about my vacation to be special, including my vehicle. This is why I fell in love with Ford Explorer.

Ford Explorer

For me, the Explorer is a symbol of adventure.  This mid-size SUV is just the right size to maneuver easily, but spacious enough to load all road trip essential, including camping gear. It offers the best of both worlds, keeping the driver and passengers comfortable in a beautiful interior while still delivering the power and four-wheel drive needed to reach even remote places.

It is almost like it was built to cruise America. I can picture myself driving it along West Cost  – California, through Oregon, to Washington State. I am already planning this trip for my 60th birthday next year. My goal is to see all national parks of the area that were missed in my previous visits. I will rent the Explorer and do it with style!

For larger families, it is a perfect car for every day use. With seats for seven, it still leaves enough room to load it with groceries and kid’s sport equipment.  Learn more about Ford Explorer and its Platinum Edition.

Ford Explorer - a dream car to cruise America!

Ford Explorer for comfort and performance – photo by Credit Card TravelingMom

Ford Motor Company Giving Back

This part of presentation gave me a new perspective on what the company is about. For over hundred years now, Ford is making an American dream of owning a car true, but there is a whole other side of its existence that goes back to Henry Ford’s motto, “How much you can give for a dollar.”

The company’s educational assistance programs pay for tuition, textbooks and school supplies for college students. Other Ford initiatives provide mentors for high school students looking to gain their own competitive edge in business and industry. Each year, the Ford Fund invests more than $8 million to advance educational opportunities and assist students in developing essential workplace skills.

One program that stood out for me is the Ford Driving Skills for Lifedeveloped by Ford Motor Company in partnership with the Governors Highway Safety Association.

Ford Driving Skills for Life program is available in several languages - photo by Yvonne Jasniski Credit Card TravelingMom

Ford Driving Skills for Life program is available in several languages – photo by Yvonne Jasiniski Credit Card TravelingMom

As a mother of a 22 year old son, I still vividly remember the time when at age 16 he started driving. Every time he left home, I could not think about anything else but his safe return. Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. Among those who died was one of my son’s friend, beautiful young girl.  She was texting. I believe that education is the key to reduce these horrifying numbers.

Ford’s program addresses the critical issues that young drivers are facing: hazard recognition, vehicle handling, speed/space management, and distracted and impaired driving. Online training is available and  includes car care videos, several interactive games, and enhanced curriculum noting the importance of eco-driving to personal safety and the environment.

Ford Driving Skills for Life helps teenagers to become better drivers

Ford Driving Skills for Life is a great program for any newly licensed driver – photo by Yvonne Jasinski Credit Card TravelingMom

Young drivers can also attend behind-the-wheel training program at various locations across the USA. They will improve their skills by driving Ford’s cool cars, in a safe environment, with professional instructors sitting right next to them.

Some of the educational devices used at the training sessions are the Drunk Driving Simulation Suit and the new Drugged Driving Simulation Suit. Teen volunteers will be able to virtually experience the effects of drunk and drugged driving. They will put on the suit and go through a field sobriety test, as well as other interactive activities. This is a powerful visual warning for all attendees.

For those not able to attend, the Electronic Educator packet can be used by students and parents at home, as well as by educators in the classroom and community settings. This FREE packet includes an in-depth video concentrating on each of our four driving skills, a letter for parents, a letter for educators, a leader’s guide and brochures.

Ford not just a car marker!

Ford Explorer – my dream car for a road trip, photo by Yvonne Jasinski Credit Card TravelingMom