#SharingSafety for National Teen Driver Safety Week | Robyns.World

I am sharing this post as a part of the Michelin #SharingSafety campaign along with She Buys Cars. I have been compensated, but the story below is my own real story and my own opinion.

Even though my son has been driving for several years now, I still worry about him behind the wheel. It’s a mom thing I guess. T was always a “car guy”, even as a baby. This must be a genetic thing because Hubby is a true “car guy” too. Every toy had to have wheels and if it didn’t, T pretend it was a car anyway.

On T’s 15th birthday I took him to the DMV to get his driver’s permit. He was so anxious, and I was so nervous! He got that permit though and we let him drive as often as we could after that to help him feel comfortable and to learn in a real car. It didn’t matter how many driving video games he had played over the years, he needed to be in a real car doing real driving.

Advice from Hubby to T on this day:

  • Practice as much as you can
  • Don’t try to be a “hot rod”

Advice from me to T on this day:

  • Make sure you log your practice driving on the required log sheet
  • Don’t be afraid to ask me to drive when we go out
  • Wear your seatbelt
  • Be safe!

T practicing driving

On his 16th birthday we took him to get his first real driver’s license. This was a huge event in our family. He was so thrilled and Hubby and I were just as thrilled, but equally nervous.

Advice from Hubby to T on this day:

  • Don’t do anything stupid
  • Don’t ever drink and drive – CALL US INSTEAD – we will not get mad

Advice from me to T on this day:

  • Be safe
  • Don’t drive too fast
  • Wear your seatbelt
  • Don’t ever drink and drive – CALL US INSTEAD – we will not get mad

Taylor right after getting license

T’s birthday is just a couple of weeks before Christmas. Instead of getting him a car for his 16th birthday, we opted to wait those couple of weeks and give him on for Christmas instead. Knowing how teens can be with cars and knowing our budget, we got him an old little truck. It was not anything fancy and it needed some work. Hubby wanted him to learn how to fix things as a responsible driver too so this was perfect. T had no idea this was coming – we had hidden the truck down the street and early Christmas morning Hubby went and got it and parked it in front of the house and put a big bow on it. We wrapped up the keys and let T open it and he at first thought it was keys to one of our cars, but on second look he realized that they key wasn’t for our cars, but something different. We told him to look outside and he was thrilled beyond belief!

Advice from Hubby to T on this day:

  • It’s a big responsibility to drive and own a car.
  • You have to buy your own gas
  • I will help teach you how to do basic maintenance on your truck, you need to learn this along with continuing to learn to be a good driver
  • Be safe!
  • Enjoy!

Advice from me to T on this day:

  • This truck is your responsibility, don’t let me down
  • You have to buy your own gas
  • Make good decisions! (This was my mantra to T for everything as a teen and still to this day)
  • Don’t let other people drive your truck
  • Be safe!

T getting his first car

It’s been a few years now since T started driving. Did he always take our advice? No, sadly he didn’t. But I know he tried, at least most of the time. The last time I rode as a passenger with T was one day when he dropped me off at the airport for a business trip – ACK! His car (a different one than the truck) was loud and fast and he scared the poop out me! Now he is expecting twins (yes, I’m going to be a grandma!) and I’m hoping he will be a much more cautious driver when the babies are in the car with him.

As nervous as we were as parents to have him start driving we were also proud of him. I think showing our trust in him as a driver was one of the biggest safety lessons we actually gave him. Driving is a huge step for teens in becoming independent from their parents and our trust in them means so much to them.

. 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.

This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week (Oct 18-24) and Michelin has teamed up with Katie Couric to help all of us in #SharingSafety for our teens and our fellow parents of teens. I’m also teaming up with She Buys Cars to help spread the word. It is up to us as parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends and family to share our own safety tips with the teens in our lives to help reduce that number to ZERO fatalities! It may seem like the kids are not listening, but they really are and repetition makes those thoughts stay in their mind even more. Don’t be afraid to share your safety tips with the teen drivers in your life.

Things to think about:

  • Automobile accidents are the No. 1 killer of teens in America, with more than 2614 deaths each year.
  • Many accidents could be prevented if people had a better understanding of how to address potential vehicle maintenance issues and how to react in certain driving situations.
  • Michelin is launching a project to crowdsource the best advice for staying safe of the road. We’re asking America to share tips based on what they’ve been taught and what they’ve learned over the years using the hash tag #SharingSafety.
  • Because whether you’re a new driver or have been driving for decades, we all share the road

To help all of us learn more about #SharingSafety we are holding a special Twitter party!

On top of the important messages we are all sharing, Michelin is giving away a set of tires! Good tires are so important in being safe.

How to Enter: Enter your Twitter handle, follow @shebuyscars 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!

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Do you have a new driver in your life? What is a piece of safety advice you have been sharing with them?