Ford Driving Skills for Life is coming to the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse this Father's Day weekend as part of a 14-city U.S. tour.

Professional instructors will be on hand Saturday and Sunday to teach 400 teen advanced skills behind the wheel.

The training sessions will also focus on issues and obstacles new drivers face due to inexperience, along with distracted and impaired driving.

Highlights of this year's programming include:

  • New "Sleep Suit" technology demonstrates the negative impact of drowsy driving, in addition to existing Drugged, Drunk and Hangover Suits
  • Teens and parents will learn more about the ever-improving safety technology in vehicles that are important to reducing the likelihood of an injury-related crash
  • Parents will participate in a new module designed to give tips and advice that will assist in training their teen driver

"This year we are celebrating our 'Sweet 16' milestone of keeping new drivers safe by expanding training to ensure safe, smart driving," said James Graham, global manager, Ford Driving Skills for Life. "We are dedicated to reducing crashes and fatalities through experience and improved decision-making skills. Our hands-on training program continues to reach new audiences around the globe and this Father's Day weekend we are excited to add Syracuse teen drivers and their parents to that list."

For more information on the event, visit drivingskillsforlife.com/events-cat/events/state/NY.

photo credit: Ford Driving Skills For Life