You talk, teens listen (they really do) and you can save their lives. And, you can qualify to win a brand new set of Michelin tires
Keeping your children safe is one of the most important jobs a parent has. When they’re little we buckle them into infant and car seats, sit them in the rear of the car, choose cars highly rated for safety. But what happens when they hit the road on their own?
When my daughter and her roommate drove back to campus alone the first time, I was a wreck. After hours of waiting (and my daughter heading out to a party before checking in!) I finally got the call I’d been waiting for.
After she called me, I called my mother to apologize for all the grief I’d caused her long ago.
Luckily, talking with your teens about road safety is easier than ever, due to this shocking stat:
- 80% of teens cite their parents as their #1 driving influence
But, here are some stats to take to heart:
- Car crashes are the no. 1 killer of teens
- 2,614 teen drivers of passenger vehicles were involved in fatal crashes in 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
This means that simply talking to our teens can help to prevent the single biggest danger they face. And what we talk to them about matters: Discussing not just safe driving practices, but also, safe practices of other drivers, following road rules and car maintenance.
We asked a number of parents (in an unscientific survey) what messages their teens best respond to, and they said:
- Speak up if you think the person behind the wheel is driving unsafely
- Don’t be afraid to stick to a curfew–everyone has one
- Slow down or pull off the road if you feel road conditions are too challenging
- Turn your phone off or put it in ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode when driving
- Be sure your car is safe and all systems are working, from headlights to turn signals to properly inflated tires
Michelin is working to help more teens to be safe behind the wheel by encouraging drivers to share their tips for teen driver safety, using the hashtag #SharingSafety. The campaign coincides with National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 18‒24. Katie Couric is the campaign spokesperson and Michelin has produced a video of her sharing her safe driving tips.
To help spread the message, AGirlsGuidetoCars and Michelin are sharing tips and ideas all week, culminating in a Twitter party where tire safety and teen driving will be the focus. Join us for the Twitter party on October 22 and you can WIN a set of Michelin tires, valued at $600.
WHEN: Thursday October 22, 9-10 pm ET (8-9 pm CT; 7-8 pm MT; 6-7 pm PT)
WHAT: Twitter party – tire safety AND teen driving eduction
HOW TO JOIN: Follow the hashtag #SharingSafety
How to Enter: Enter your Twitter handle, follow @A Girls Guide to Cars and @Michelin and for additional entries, follow the prompts on the rafflecopter, below. To be eligible to win you must enter the rafflecopter below and participate in the Twitter party using #SharingSafety. Tell your friends for extra chances!