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Just last year I faced some of my scariest moments yet as a Mom. My oldest got his driver’s license. He paid attention and listened and did well while he had his permit. He passed his test and got his license. That afternoon, when he borrowed my car and drove away, I thought I might cry. I was more nervous at that moment then during the whole time he had his permit. Why? Because I wouldn’t be in the car with him any more. Recently he got his own car. I felt myself get that nervous feeling all over again, and went over the rules yet again. If it was hard for me, I can’t even imagine what it would be like to be a parent of quintuplets knowing 5 will drive at once, which is what the Jansen family is now facing..
Having a driver’s license is important to many teens, it’s a step towards freedom and independence and adulthood. He learned the rules in the book, and aced his written test. We taught him things he’d need to know to stay safe on the road besides rules for safe driving, things like not using the cell phone to call or text and staying alert.
Car crashes have been the number 1 killer of teens for over thirty years, and the first year behind the wheel is the most dangerous. State Farm is in a position to know this, as State Farm and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. and is a leading insurer in Canada. They know a few things about teen driving. The State Farm Celebrate My Drive program encourages new drivers to enjoy life and celebrate getting their license but also to make positive choices and stay safe on the road. Celebrate My Drive asks all drivers to think 2n2®: 2 eyes on the road and 2 hands on the wheel. Learn more about the initiative at www.celebratemydrive.com.
As part of the State Farm Celebrate My Drive program, the company is teaming up with The Band Perry to encourage safe driving in high schools across the U.S. and Canada. Last year more than 6.3 million safe driving commitments were made through this program. Through October 7, administrators at U.S. and Canadian high schools can go to www.celebratemydrive.com to register to participate in the celebration. Teens and community members can commit to safe driving once a day every day from October 15-24 in support of their favorite high school. Two grand prize winning schools will receive a private concert from The Band Perry. The 100 high schools with the most online safe driving commitments will win a grant award of $25,000 or $100,000.
Since releasing their self-titled debut album in 2010, The Band Perry has ascended to dizzying heights. Fronted by Kimberly Perry and rounded out by her younger brothers Reid and Neil, the band has notched a string of hit singles from their platinum debut and their gold sophomore release PIONEER, including: the quintuple-platinum No. 1 “If I Die Young,” the platinum “You Lie,” the No. 1 “All Your Life,” the platinum No. 1 “Better Dig Two,” and the gold No. 1 “DONE” (which earned Reid and Neil Perry their first No. 1 as songwriters). They’ve also enjoyed sold-out tours and a showering of honors, including multiple ACM, CMA, and CMT Music awards, including the 2014 ACM Award for ”Vocal Group of the Year, ” and CMT’s 2014 ”Group Video of the Year,” along with many GRAMMY®, AMA, ACA, and Billboard Music award nominations — all of which have cemented the sibling trio as one of the hottest acts in recent history. The band is currently nominated for a 2014 Fox Teen Choice Award for ”Choice Country Group,” and is spending the summer touring the U.S. at dozens of venues and for hundreds of thousands of fans. For a list of all tour dates and more, visit www.thebandperry.com.
“We have such great memories of when we first got our driver’s licenses and we love that Celebrate My Drive is such a positive program that supports new teen drivers,” said members of The Band Perry. “Teen driver safety continues to be a major issue, and this program gives us a platform to spread the word and encourage safe driving in teens’ first years behind the wheel. It’s a privilege to partner with State Farm to shed light on this important issue and hopefully help save lives.”
“Getting a driver’s license is a major milestone in a young adult’s life, and The Band Perry is the perfect partner to help celebrate it,” said Leif Roll, Marketing Vice President for State Farm. “Teens, in particular, connect with music in a major way, so it only makes sense to partner with one of the biggest acts in music to celebrate this new generation of teen drivers. As a leader in auto safety, we feel Celebrate My Drive has proved to be a positive way to help educate teens and their parents about teen driver safety.”
Working together, we can all help reduce teen crashes and deaths, and help teens celebrate getting where they want to go safely.