Since last October, students across the country have been combining their passion for video production with an important issue: carelessness behind the wheel. Teen drivers have a higher risk of death when driving than anyone else on the road, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A 2013 study out of the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute found that teens used their cellphones while driving an alarming amount of times. In a 30 day period, 80 percent used their phones at least once to make a call and 72 percent sent text messages.
Knowing that teens have a tendency to listen to their peers over their parents and teachers (remember peer pressure?), Discovery Education and Toyota initiated the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge.
In May, the winners were chosen and this past week, the 2nd Place finisher and the People's Choice winners traveled to Tampa, FL to visit the set of one of Velocity's hit shows. The lucky five got to spend the day with the talented trio of Cristy Lee, Bogi Lateiner and Rachel DeBarros. The day was spent checking out the set, learning about the production behind All Girls Garage, and interacting with the shows' stars.
Since 2010, Discovery Education and Toyota have partnered together to develop a comprehensive program for Teens and Educators, designed to help teens avoid distractions and stay safe behind the wheel. TeenDrive365: In School offers a range of tools designed specifically for the people who can have the greatest impact on a teens driving: educators, and the teens themselves.
Check out the impressive second place video, submitted by Demi S, here:
Below is the winner of People's Choice, created by a group of four:
To watch all of the winners click here.
If you are passionate about making the road a safer place for everyone, consider taking the Velocity Drive Smart pledge here. For every pledge, Velocity is donating to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.