What do you remember from your teen driving days, and what wisdom have you shared with your teens? Join SheBuysCars for a special twitter party Oct. 22 as we share tips. Follow the hashtag #SharingSafety and enter to win a set of Michelin tires!

Teen Driving

Driving safely

Driving safely is one of a parent of teens’ biggest concerns. Credit: Judy Antell / Vegetarian TravelingMom

We took a LOT of trips to visit colleges with my three daughters and I followed a rule I had read:  I was allowed to ask exactly one question on each tour. My question each time was “are freshman allowed to have cars?”

This cracked my kids up because they didn’t have a driver’s license. All of my kids started college without knowing how to drive, although my older girls each got their license at age 19 and my oldest bought a car at 23; she just started grad school and needed a car.

But although we started later, the safety concerns are still the same. And what my mother taught me about driving still rings true today: “I know you are a good driver, but I worry about everyone else.”


Defensive Driving

Driving Safely

Once your teen is at college, driving safely is less of a concern; who would leave this? Credit: Judy Antell / Vegetarian TravelingMom

Since my children grew up in New York, they were already primed to be defensive when near cars; they knew that when they crossed the street, they had to be hyper alert to someone running a red light, or turning without looking, When they rode their bicycles, they had to worry about pedestrians darting out into the bike lane, or buses turning without signaling. So defensive driving just comes naturally to them.

Defensive driving is the key to driving safely; anticipate that the person behind you, in front of you, or along side you, will do something stupid and you should be fine.

Michelin has a new campaign, 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. Check out the video, which features Katie Couric sharing her safe driving tips.

Keeping Your Car Safe

Another important way to keep driving safely is to make sure your car is road ready. Worn down, under or over inflated tires can all make your car unsafe. So as part of the #SharingSafety campaign, Michelin is giving away a new set of tires.

Frightening Statistic

Car crashes remain the No. 1 killer of teens, with 2,614 teen drivers of passenger vehicles involved in fatal crashes in 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Join a special SheBuysCars twitter party where we will discuss tire safety and teen driving. We have teamed up with Michelin to share tips about safer teen driving and educating teens about tire safety.

Best of all you can WIN a pair of Michelin tires, valued at $600.

Check out all the details to enter and join the party below.

Party Details:

We’ll be chatting about tire safety and teen driving education:

WHEN:  Thursday October 22, 9-10 pm ET (8-9 pm CT; 7-8 pm MT; 6-7 pm PT)

WHO: @SheBuysCars along with panelists: @ckrusch@NicoleWakelin@merlotmommy@kidsareatrip@suerodman@goodenufmother@RobynsWorld@RaisingDickJane@kelloggshow

WHAT: Twitter party –  tire safety AND teen driving eduction

HOW TO JOIN:  Follow the hashtag #SharingSafety

How to Enter: Enter your Twitter handle, follow @shebuyscars and @Michelin in the widget 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!

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