State Farm® and Grammy Award Winner Kelly Clarkson team up for teen driver safety (giveaway ends 8/31/13)


Teen Driver

I have a sixteen year old daughter. You know what that means – driving! She has yet to go for her driving permit, but she is anxious to do so. She would have gone last week but we found out that it’s $90, which I don’t have at the moment. So she has to wait until I have the money for her permit test. Apparently it doesn’t cost anything if you fail the test, but if you pass it’s $90. Ouch! It’s gone up in price since I got my license almost 30 years ago.

Many of my daughter’s friends are driving now. That makes me VERY nervous. She wants to get in the car with teen friends that can drive, but I worry about her safety. She knows the rules – no getting into cars with other teens without our consent. Some of her friends we might be OK with her driving with. Other friends, no way! We know how “flighty” they are and those are the people we DON’T want our daughter driving with.

Did you know that automobile crashes are the #1 cause of death among teens here North America?

To help educate teens and parents about the dangers of driving and how to be a safe driver, State Farm has created a program called Celebrate My Drive.

Celebrate My Drive wants to encourage families and teens to get involved in their school and communities. They are even giving away fabulous prizes!

Two grand prize winners will have the opportunity to host a concert performed at their school by American Idol alumni Kelly Clarkson. In addition they will also receive a $100,000 grant for their school.

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Here is some more information about the campaign.

Teens who commit to safe driving could have the chance to bring Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson to their hometown for a free concert this coming school year. As part of the company’s Celebrate My Drive® program, State Farm is teaming up with Clarkson and offering teens across the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to learn more about safe driving, win grant money for their school, and be one of two schools to win a free concert by the Idol.

“I am excited to be a part of the Celebrate My Drive program, and to have the opportunity to positively influence thousands of teens,” said Kelly Clarkson. “This program gives me the platform to engage with my fans in a unique way, and I look forward to working alongside State Farm to make a difference.”

“Music is an influential way to reach teens,” said Kellie Clapper Assistant Vice President of External Relations for State Farm. “We know getting a driver’s license is a major milestone in a person’s life and State Farm and Kelly want to help celebrate with this new generation of teen drivers. As a leader in auto safety, we feel this is a positive way to help educate youth and their parents about teen driver safety.”

The Celebrate My Drive program engages teens who are learning to drive in a supportive and positive way. For more than 30 years, car crashes have been the leading cause of death of teens and the purpose of Celebrate My Drive is to win this public health crisis.

More than 1,300 U.S and Canadian schools have already registered to be part of the celebration. State Farm and Kelly encourage teens whose schools are not yet registered to ask a school administrator to go online by October 17, to sign up and stay involved by making the commitment to safe driving during the seventh annual National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 20-26, 2013.

About State Farm: State Farm and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. and is a leading insurer in

Canada. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 17,800 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – more than 79 million auto, home, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is also available.

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies.

State Farm is ranked No. 44 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.StateFarm.com or in Canada http://www.StateFarm.ca.

About Celebrate My Drive:

Celebrate My Drive® is a different approach to a leading public health risk.  Car crashes are the number one killer of teens, and a teen’s first year on the road is the most dangerous. Using research as a guide, State Farm is approaching teen driver safety, a winnable public health battle, by engaging teens while they learn to drive in a supportive and positive way.  It’s a community celebration of safe driving habits emphasizing the benefits of safe choices as teens celebrate the freedom that comes with getting a drivers’ license. Learn more about the initiative at www.CelebrateMyDrive.com.

Kelly Clarkson photo from Wikipedia.com

Kelly Clarkson photo from Wikipedia.com

I don’t think I need to tell you who Kelly Clarkson is. I think most people are familiar with her and her music. She’s had five studio albums and song such hits as Thankful, Breakaway, My December, All I Ever Wanted and Stronger. She is currently on tour with Maroon 5 on the Honda Civic Tour.

Check out this personal message from Kelly about the campaign.


Your child (or grandchild) has from now until 11:59 PM (CT) on Thursday, October 17, 2013 to register their high school for a chance to win.

In order to make a safe driving commitment in support of an eligible, registered high school please visit  https://www.Facebook.com/CelebrateMyDrive between 12:00 AM (CT) on October 18, 2013 until 11:59 PM (CT) on October 26, 2013.

You can also enter here – Celebratemydrive.com

To help celebrate this fantastic campaign I have a special giveaway for a lucky reader. One winner will receive;

  • (1) $25 Visa Gift Card
  • (1) State Farm prize pack (wrist band, over the shoulder bag, sunglasses, key chain, t-shirt)

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on August 31, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and share with me a driving safety tip – OR – your favorite Kelly Clarkson song.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I am being compensated for my participation, however all opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.


  1. My favorite song is Stronger!

  2. Def the song Stronger…it just speaks to you and makes you sing along with her!

  3. Melissa Mazzur says:

    Put your cell phone in your glove compartment so you are not temped!

  4. I wish I could get everyone to put away the phones while they drive! Quit texting, dialing, playing with music, etc. It’s dangerous and they can’t drive well while doing it. Why do they lie to themselves. I see it every single day. The other day, I saw a man reading a book while he was driving. Not stopped, driving, His head was down into the book. Ridiculous.

  5. Well since Melissa had the same thought that I did, my other idea is to wear your seat belt.

  6. Lisa Brown says:

    Tip: don’t text or make phone calls while driving!

  7. sarah miller says:

    if you don’t have Bluetooth then please turn off the sounds on your cell, all you texts from friends will be there waiting for you when you arrive alive at your destination

  8. Linda Stewart says:

    Eliminate anything that could end up being a distraction to you while driving. Unfortunately for the kids this includes toys, games, videos, etc… In the instant that ask you to look at something or change out a movie/game cartridge, while you are driving … you could end up in an accident.

  9. My favorite Kelly Clarkson song is “Miss Independent”.

  10. kelley wood says:

    i love breakaway 🙂

  11. Adrienne Gordon says:

    I put my phone in “drive mode”

  12. melissa Resnick says:

    My favorite Kelly Clarkson song is “Miss Independent” and Stronger

  13. Thomas Murphy says:

    I like the song Stronger.

  14. my favorite song is breakaway!!

  15. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I love the song Because of You

  16. Dana Rodriguez says:

    I like All I Ever Wanted

  17. Michaela R says:

    My favorite Kelly Clarkson song is Mr. Know It All

  18. Margaret Smith says:

    Keep the radio volume low and don’t change it while driving. Be sure to pull over if you want to change the station

  19. Eileen Burke says:

    I love Since You’ve Been Gone!

  20. Lindsey G says:

    My driving safety tip is to always be alert in parking lots. Watch out for pedestrians, stop at parking lot stop signs and follow the speed limit.