“With the ever growing amount of gadgets and distractions while behind the wheel, offering advice and education to our beginning drivers is more crucial than ever”
National Teen Driver Safety Week – Be Wise While You Drive – #SharingSafety
This post is sponsored by Michelin and SheBuysCars, but all opinions and text is my own of course.
Did you know that Automobile accidents are the No. 1 killer of teens in America, with more than 5,000 deaths each year? Scary for any parent to think about, and with a 4 year old that loves cars and a 12 year old who is constantly talking about how she can’t wait to get her license, these scary thoughts are always running through my head. As parents, we need to make sure our kids are fully educated about what being a safe driver means, as well as potential vehicle maintenance issues and how to react in certain driving situations.
Being behind the wheel of a car entails many things, like focusing on your own vehicle as well as others around you, and such traits only come from experience and time on the driver’s seat. So don’t forget to supplement theory and book learning with some old fashioned driving time!
Meanwhile, here are a few tips you can share with your eager driver:
1. Always wear your seat belt – and make sure all passengers buckle up as well. And remember to never fit more people in your car than you have seat belts available.
2. Check your fuel gauge, specially if you live in an area with harsh weather. Build a habit of checking your gauge as soon as you get in the car, and just in case — don’t allow it to drop past a quarter of a tank.
3. Never ever text, use social media or take a selfie while your car is in motion. Make sure to have a handsfree device handy, not only are they safe, but in many states they are the law.
4. Know your basic car maintenance — make sure your tire pressure is appropriate, visually inspect tires for possible damage like screws, cuts, punctures, etc. Don’t forget to make sure your lights and and wipers are in good working condition.
5. Last but not least, our kids will in fact learn our behaviors as parents, so if you habitually text or speed, remember that leading by example is the best advice you can give them!
I invite you to play an active role in making our roads a safer place for us and our kids, help Michelin spread the word of safety by taking to social media with the tag #ShareSafety, and you can even win a set of brand new Michelin tires! Just in time for the winter! I know I would love a new set of SAFE Michelin tires. Who wouldn’t? Enter below for your chance to WIN!!