Mamas, as you may know, Shannon and I both have 14-year-old kids who will be getting their learner’s permit soon. (Yikes!) So we are VERY happy to bring you this week’s giveaway because it may be one of the most important giveaways we’ve ever done. This gift may be the thing that keeps your kid safe on the road, and safety is what moms pray for most when their teens start driving.
Here’s the fact: Motor-vehicle collisions are the number one cause of death for ages 15-24, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you have a kid age 14 and up, we hope you’ll put your name in this week’s online drawing to win a scholarship for your teen to attend a week-long session at the Driving Academy of Northwest Arkansas. This comprehensive course, which includes a week of classroom instruction (30 hours) as well as 6 hours of private driving lessons with a certified instructor, would normally cost $525. It will be free for this week’s winner. (If you don’t have a teen, please tell your friends who do have teen drivers about this giveaway.)
Keep in mind that, for many parents, having your child complete driver education training may help you qualify for a discount on your teen driver’s insurance. (Check with your agent for details.) There are several different dates to choose from when scheduling the week-long classroom training as well as the private driving lessons.
ABOUT THE COURSE: Far more important than the insurance discount, this course can turn your new driver into one who is more prepared not only for normal driving situations but also the unexpected ones that often cause life-threatening collisions. Training includes these must-have driving skills as well as many others:
- Unique driving hazards for young drivers
- How to drive in bad weather
- What to do when a wheel goes off the road
- Speed management
- Traffic law changes within the past 10 years
- Sharing the road with trucks, motorcycles, bicyclists, pedestrians, and others
- How to use ABS brakes the right way
- What to do if your car hydroplanes
- What to do if the brakes fail and other malfunctions
Here’s a video sneak peek of some of the other things your teen will learn during the Driving Academy course. This video will also introduce you to the course instructor and Driving Academy owner, Kimma Harper.
As parents, we know our job is to prepare our children to navigate life on their own. If driving will be a big part of your teen’s daily routine, we think this course is invaluable, not to mention the peace of mind it will give parents. We’ve heard so many great things about this program from other parents whose teens have attended the course. (In fact, this summer I’ll be paying the course fee to send my son Adam to the Driving Academy in June because I know his safety is worth every penny.)
HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win a scholarship for your teen to attend the Driving Academy of Northwest Arkansas, just click HERE or click on the word “comments” (right under the headline of this post) and scroll down to the bottom of the comments posted by other moms. Then post a comment about one of the best driving tips you’ve learned during your time behind the wheel.
You can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.
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Good luck, mamas! We’ll use a random number generator to select the winner and we’ll notify you via email so watch your inboxes. We want to close out this post with one more video that’s a “must-see” not only for our teens but also for every one of us who have ever been tempted to send or check a text message while behind the wheel.