A free program to help young drivers improve their driving skills will be offered in Cheyenne Thursday and Friday (August 6 and 7).

The Driving Skills For Life Program is being presented by Ford Motor Company, the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) and the Governor's Highway Safety Association.

Spokesman Nolan Katerburg says the program is not a basic driver's education program, but rather an advanced driving skills program that features behind the wheel training in four key areas: vehicle handling, hazard recognition, space management and speed management.

Katerburg says the instruction is given using specially-equipped vehicles.

The training sessions will be held at the Wyoming Army National Guard Base Helicopter Ramp Area. There will be two sessions each day, from 7:30 a.m. until noon and from 1:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

The program is open to newly-licensed drivers and teens who hold a valid learner's permit as well as their parents. Even though the program is free, participants are being asked to register for the class online

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