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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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.


  1. My favorite song is Stronger!
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  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.
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  5. Well since Melissa had the same thought that I did, my other idea is to wear your seat belt.
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  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”.
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  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.

  21. Love Kelly and play her “Miss Independent” over and over when I run. I also don’t answer my cell at all when driving.

  22. Because of You

  23. Michelle Hudak says:

    I like “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson

  24. D SCHMIDT says:

    My best tip is never drive when you are tired!

  25. The Kelley Clarkson song I like is Because Of You.

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  26. Wanda McHenry says:

    Stay two car lengths behind when following the car in front of you.

  27. A tip for kids, if the music you are playing is loud enough that you can’t have a conversation and still hear the person talking, then it is too loud to hear the things you need to when driving.

  28. Kimberly Bauer says:

    My favorite song is “Miss Independent”!

  29. My daughter is 17 and a brand new driver. It’s so scary but the best advice I tell her is to limit all of her distractions – that means no loud music, no cell/texting, etc. And, always, always be super observant about what is going on around you.
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  30. rebecca shockley says:

    I would say even though my teenagers started driving, I felt the need to keep talking to them about driving safety and behavior behind the wheel.

  31. April Yedinak says:

    My favorite driving safety tip is to keep your eyes on the road- don’t text, don’t look down at the radio or temp controls, etc.

    My favorite Kelly Clarkson song is ‘Stronger’.

  32. My fav is song is Don’t You Want to Stay

  33. Never text while driving
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  34. After having a teen driver total our truck rear ending us almost a year ago, I’d say make sure you’re accustomed to where your gas and brake pedals are. She thought her brakes went out, but there was no evidence of that…they think she hit her gas pedal by mistake :-/
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  35. Cynthia R says:

    my favorite song is walk away, second favorite is since you’ve been gone, thank you!

  36. Its not always you, watch out for incompetent drivers
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  37. April Brenay says:

    live and breath the 3 second rule while driving

  38. Cynthia C says:

    I always leave more room than I think I need from the car in front of me.

  39. Always be alert on the road don’t assume that another car or pedestrian is aware of you and going to stop.

  40. Tanya White says:

    I never talk on my cellphone while driving.

  41. I like Stronger.

  42. My driving safety tip would be to turn off all mobile devices when you’re behind the driver’s seat so you’re not tempted to look down at them or use them! And my favorite Kelly Clarkson song would have to be “Already Gone!”

  43. Andrea Williams says:

    Have to go with Kelly’s song “Stronger” – We’re from the same hometown and were so excited when she won American Idol!

  44. Sherrie C. says:

    Best driving tip: Stay focused on the road and avoid distractions (no phone calls ect..) and my favorite son by Kelly Clarkson is Stronger


  45. Crystal F says:

    Kelly Clarkson is one of my all time favorite singers. One of my favorite songs from her is Miss Independent. thank you!

  46. Michele P says:

    All I ever wanted is my fave song by kelly clarkson!

  47. Melanie Montgomery says:

    I like Since U’ve Been Gone

  48. steve weber says:

    do not text and drive!

  49. Melissa Hartley says:

    Since You’ve Been Gone is my favorite Kelly Clarkson song .. thanks so much! 🙂

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  51. janna johnson says:

    don’t text

  52. tam childers says:

    dont try to feed your kids while driving.

  53. Jessica Cox says:

    Practice no distraction driving

  54. Jessica Cox says:

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  55. Katie Roch says:

    My favorite Kelly Clarkson song is “Gone”.

  56. Debra Hall says:

    my favorite song is Stronger

  57. My favorite song is Stronger!!

  58. My favorite song is Sober.

  59. Eyes on the road at all times, just looking away for a split second can cause an accident.
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  60. tiffany dover says:

    keep your eyes on the road and distractions to a minimum

  61. My tip is to watch the other guy–be aware of what is going on around you, what others are doing, not just what you are doing.

  62. Ooh I love so many Kelly Clarkson songs. Low is a favorite 🙂
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  64. My favorite Kelly Clarkson song is “Because of You.”

  65. Michelle Small says:

    Love her song “Stronger” And my safe driving tip is to always know what is going on around your vehicle when you are driving. AND DO NOT TEXT while driving. I can not stand that. I see people swerving all over road and when pull up next to them they are texting with little kids in their car.

  66. Darlene O'Brien says:

    I like the song Stronger
    and just to advise please don’t text and drive.

  67. Jessie C. says:

    I like “Behind These Hazel Eyes”

  68. Monique Rizzo says:

    Because of You is my fave Clarkson song.
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  69. Jessica To says:

    I like Miss Independent by Kelly Clarkson.

  70. Cynthia Sizemore says:

    please do not text while driving

  71. Jennifer Matt says:

    I LOVE the song Because of You!

  72. My favorite Kelly Clarkson song is Stronger.

  73. Rebecca Orr says:

    I liked her song Because of You.

  74. No texting

  75. Stephanie Larison says:

    My fave song by her is Whats Up Lonely

  76. Stephanie Grant says:

    Always wear you seat belts and make sure the doors are locked while driving…and of course leave the cell phones on silent and in the glovebox or bag.

  77. Jennifer T. says:

    My favorite is Since You’ve Been Gone.

  78. Jennifer T. says:

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  79. Lindley A says:

    My favorite song of hers is “Since You’ve Been Gone” -thanks!

  80. My favorite is Stronger.

  81. My favorite Kelly Clarkson song is Since U been Gone

  82. Miss Independent

  83. Diane baum says:

    My driving tip is to replace your wind shield wipers frequently , especially if you live in a state that gets snow

  84. kyl neusch says:

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

  85. Ann Fantom says:

    My favorite Kelly Clarkson is Catch My Breath

  86. Call when you reach your destination and call again prior to leaving.

  87. Put the cell phone in your purse zipped closed.

  88. Jill Myrick says:

    Make sure that if it begins to rain that you reduce your speed. The beginning of a rain storm brings oils and grime to the top of the pavement and can make it slick.


  89. Jennifer Reed says:

    My favorite Kelly Clarkson song is Catch My Breath.

  90. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    Don’t use the phone in the car. Nothing is so important you need to answer that second

  91. My favorite Kelly Clarkson song is Miss Independent.

  92. Stronger

  93. My favorite Clarkson song is Stronger.

  94. I like “Since You Been Gone.”

  95. kathy pease says:

    I like because of you

  96. Jessica Vaughan Gengler says:

    I like to put cell phone away while driving

  97. I like the tip to not talk on the cell until you reach your destination.

  98. Breakaway is my favorite Kelly Clarkson song 🙂

  99. Whitney Lindeman says:

    Since U Been Gone is my favorite song of hers.

  100. Sheryl Holden says:

    I have State Farm insurance and love my agent. Distracted drivers are dangerous so be on the defensive when passing other cars, you never know when they may swerve into you.

  101. Since you’ve been gone.

  102. crystal smith says:

    My favorite Kelly Clarkson song is “Breakaway” but I like quite a few of her songs- remember cheering for back in her Idol days lol

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  105. My tip is to turn your phone off when you get behind the wheel.

  106. My driving safety tip is to drive defensively, always keep an eye on the other guy.

  107. Holly Kennedy says:

    Stronger is a great song.

  108. Denise B. says:

    I won’t let my children drive until they are 17. Sixteen year olds are 25% more likely to get in an accident than a 17 year old. I don’t believe in rushing children through things. They should learn and mature enough first.

  109. My favorite song is Fly Away.

  110. I love Since U Been Gone.

  111. Mary Cloud says:

    I like A Moment Like This
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  112. Christian Alejandro says:

    My best tip is to stay aware. Even though cars can be fun and used all the time, they are still heavy machines that need to be treated and used with respect.

  113. My favorite Kelly Clarkson song is Because of You.

  114. Don’t ever try to reach across seats or in the back while driving
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  115. Lisa Garner says:

    I love Because of You.
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  116. Rebecca Lock says:

    Moment Like This and Since You’ve Been Gone are my favorite Kelly Clarkson songs.

  117. Julie Hawkins says:

    I like breakaway from Kelly clarkson

  118. I like Since you’ve been gone!
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  119. krystal wethington says:

    I like because of you.

  120. Brenda Elsner says:

    Driving tip: Put away the cell phone.

  121. Brittney House says:

    I like since you’ve been gone!

  122. sheila ressel says:

    What a great motivator for getting teens to commit to safe driving! I’m happy to see so many schools participating in this program. My fav Kelly Clarkson song is Since you’ve been gone.

  123. My favorite Kelly Clarkson song is Stronger 🙂


  124. My driving safety tip that my whole family observes is to keep the phone off while in the car. We don’t answer, call or text while we’re driving.
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  125. Fave song is (what doesn’t kill you makes you) stronger!

  126. Susan Smith says:

    My favorite Kelly Clarkson song is “Miss Independent

  127. catch my breath is my favorite

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  128. Steve Stone says:

    Stronger is the best one

  129. Nicole Millheim says:

    My driving tip would be to not use your phone at all while driving. I cant do it and dont know how people risk even trying to do it

  130. My favorite Kelly Clarkson song is “Catch My Breath”

  131. kristi kiser says:

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  132. Ann Council says:

    Keep both hands on the steering wheel and that prevents eating, reading, phone calls, texting.

  133. Wear your seatbelt please! And “breakaway”. Thanks for the chance to win!

  134. Never drive angry!
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  135. My favorite song is Because of You by Kelly Clarkson.

  136. My favorite song is Stronger. Love Kelly!

  137. amy deeter says:

    the song Stronger

  138. I love Stronger by Kelly Clarkson! I’m seeing her in concert this Wednesday!

  139. Melanie Montgomery says:

    Since Uve Been Gone

  140. Corey Olomon says:

    Also use your low beams at night.

  141. always keep both hands on the wheel

  142. Kelly Grant says:

    Because of You with Reba

  143. Don’t try to do anything else when driving. I know, I’m guilty of eating, drinking, putting on makeup, & reading maps while driving in the past, but I wouldn’t try doing any of those things again.

  144. I think the most important tip is to not drive distracted. Thanks for the chance to win!
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