Did you know that car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens in America? And to make it worse, teens are less likely to wear their seat belts than any other age group. Scary thought especially since I’m just three summers away before my oldest starts taking driving lessons. Thankfully, there’s help. State Farm is committed to reducing the rate of these tragedies by inviting teens and parents of teens to review the resources available on State Farm’s Teen Driver Safety Website. The website is filled with free tools, tips, and resources designed to help teens and their parents throughout the learning-to-drive process.
State Farm is also inviting our local high schools be a part of this effort through the #CelebrateMyDrive program. During the week of October 18-26, your community will be encouraged to make safe driving commitments on behalf of your high school. Schools that participate will be entered to win a grant for your high school and maybe even a concert from Kelly Clarkson. The more commitments made, the better your chances of winning! State Farm agents will also be hosting student-focused events across North America.
Five Tips for Encouraging Your Teen to Drive Safe:
1. Encourage positive habits that has young drivers truly thinking before driving. This includes holding the steer wheel at 10 and 2, following passenger limits for each vehicle, keeping the volume down while driving, and more.
2. Encourage your school to register for Celebrate My Drive. Check and see if your high school is registered in Celebrate My Drive. If your school is not registered, consider contacting your school principal to encourage them to register your school.
3. Be a good role model by practicing what you preach. This starts well before your teen is of age to start driving. This means wear your seat belt, drive the speed limit, put the phone down, and be aware of your surrounding.
4. Spend 50 hours with your teen doing supervised driving. Consider it a great reason to spend one-on-one time with your teen!
5. Discuss severe weather driving conditions. Driving in perfect weather can be hard enough. But when severe weather hits, it’s important to take extra precautions. Share these tips for driving safe in severe weather with your teen.
To help all of us make an online commitment to safe driving, State Farm is helping me host a giveaway for three lucky winners to receive one $25 gift card each.
Entry is simple, check and see if your high school is registered. If your school is not registered consider contacting your school principal to encourage them to register them in the Teen Driver Safety Website. Leave a comment saying you did!
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- Giveaway ends October 16, 2013, 11:59 p.m. P.S.T. Winners will be picked at random and notified by email if they win. Open to U.S. residents only.