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Talking About New Driver Safety & Proper Tire Maintenance with MICHELIN®

I just signed my oldest son up for the classroom portion of Drivers’ Education this week. I cannot wrap my head around the fact that I have a kid old enough to enroll in drivers’ ed. It seems like just yesterday that I was starting to learn to drive. I don’t think I realized the great responsibility that comes with becoming a licensed driver. It all seemed like fun and games back then. I vividly remember my drivers’ education class and all the antics that went on in the class and in the car. We all thought it was hilarious when a girl in our practice car hit a whole row of orange cones and dragged one behind her for a good 500 ft. until the instructor slammed on the brake to avoid the car hitting a fence. We laughed about that for months.

Even though we didn’t understand the responsibility, our parents sure did. Shortly after I passed my driving test and obtained my full driver’s license, my parents began looking for a car for me to drive. We did not have an abundance of money and the car was not given to me as a gift like it was for many of my friends. I had to work for my car. I had a job after school and on weekends and I was expected to pay for all my own gas as well as my own insurance. My parents must have test driven and researched at least 15 cars before they settled on a 10-year-old Honda. I remember how it felt when I got to drive my car for the first time. I felt like a grown-up. My 14-year-old son likes to send me pictures of the different cars he would enjoy owning. I laugh every time I get one of these pictures texted to me because my kid obviously has no concept of the cost of owning and maintaining a vehicle.



Of course, things were very different back when I was learning to drive. Smartphones didn’t exist, cell phones in general didn’t exist, and newly licensed drivers had fewer distractions while behind the wheel. My parents worried about speeding and driving with friends in the car. Nowadays parents have to really sit down and stress the importance of distraction-free driving with their kids. Matt and I have always tried to model the behavior we want our kids to copy and that includes no cellphones while driving. One thing that we will do differently with our newly licensed drivers is to involve them in the maintenance of the vehicle they will be driving. My dad always took care of that part of car ownership and I was clueless when I left home for college. I’d never been expected to take the car for an inspection or an oil change, or purchase new tires. I want to make sure my kids understand the importance of maintaining a vehicle and being safe. My first car wasn’t new or in prime condition but my dad always made sure it was serviced regularly and had good tires. 

I worry about my son beginning to drive. I worry that he doesn’t understand the responsibility. Did you know the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is often referred to as the 100 Deadliest Days for teen drivers, based on accident data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and National Safety Council? As a mom of a soon-to-be driver, that is scary. The cold, hard reality is that automobile accidents are the number one killer of teens in America. They account for a shocking five thousand deaths annually. 12% of the 2.2 million accidents that occur each year with inexperienced drivers are due to tire-related issues (26% are attributed to low tread depth; 32% are attributed to improper tire pressure). Driving on underinflated tires or tires with low tread can lead to safety issues and less traction on the road. The good news is that accidents due to improper tire maintenance are preventable, and simple steps can save lives. Checking your tire pressure with a pressure gauge monthly and learning the proper way to check tread depth are two easy tasks that can help you correctly maintain your tires and contribute to overall vehicle safety.  


As a tire manufacturer focused on road safety for over 125 years, MICHELIN® feels they have an obligation to raise awareness about this issue, and that they can play a role in reducing the roughly 264,000 crashes with inexperienced drivers that occur annually due to tire-related issues. The MICHELIN® Premier® LTX® tires provide exceptional levels of safety even as tires wear down, making them “safe when new and safe when worn.” Even when worn, the MICHELIN® Premier® LTX® still stops shorter on wet roads than leading competitors’ new tires. The MICHELIN® Premier® LTX® tire combines hidden grooves that emerge as the tire wears, expanding rain grooves that widen over time to continue to evacuate water and a unique rubber compound for increased wet grip. The result is prolonged safety and performance for vehicle owners in a range of weather conditions. The #FirstCarMoment campaign is an extension of the MICHELIN® effort to increase awareness of road safety. To learn more about the campaign, visit Michelin Man on YouTube. To learn more about tire maintenance and keeping young drivers safe on the road, including how to check tire tread and pressure, visit the MICHELIN® website here. You can learn more about Michelin by following them on Facebook as MichelinUSA, Twitter as @MichelinUSA, and Instagram as @MichelinUSA.  

For a chance to win a set of MICHELIN® Premier® LTX® tires, tell me: when it comes to road / car safety, what do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started driving?  

A set of tires for giveaway and compensation were provided for this post by MICHELIN® as part of a partnership with SheKnows. All opinions are my own.


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  • slehan

    It’s been 50 years since I learned to drive. My father taught me well and had the best advice so I can’t say there’s anything now that I wish I’d known then.
    Thanks for the contest.
    slehan at juno dot com

  • Bert

    I wish I knew changing the oil on my car and having it well maintained was important

  • erica best

    that tire cost alot money and need to take care of them

  • Thomas Murphy

    I wish I new to be more careful when its raining out and the roads are wet.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

  • Tabathia

    That speeding isnt cool, its dangerous and increases insurance premium

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  • Rust

    I wish I would have known more about the condition of a car overall when at the mercy of a used car dealer and known more about what to look out for, including when it came to tires.

  • AngelaLilly

    That you are basically driving around a 2000lb bomb, so take that into consideration with every move you make.


    14earth at gmail dot com

  • AmandaSakovitz

    I wish I knew had to curb a skid properly in a storm.


  • Linda C

    I wish I had known the importance of regular maintenance.

  • Kristine Barrett

    I wish I had known to ALWAYS give adequate space in front of you, so when the car in front of you pulls into the left turn lane and doesn’t leave enough space for you to pass, you don’t hit them!

  • I wish I know back then that I should pay attention to other drives as well. Doesn’t matter how careful I am, I gotta always keep an eye on other cars around me as well.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  • bellows22

    i wishi i had been more attentive to the other drivers around me

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Stephanie Phelps

    I wish I had known how to use the defroster. It came a bad storm and the windows fogged and I ended up in a ditch! my4boysand1@gmail.com

  • Ellie W

    I wish I had known more about how to drive defensively then.

  • Rebecca W

    I wish that I had been a little more cautious of bad drivers to save me from an accident I was in.

  • Danielle Magee

    I wish I was taught how to change a tire as soon as I received my license.

  • Kristen

    I wish I’d had more instruction about how to drive in inclement weather.

  • maria cantu

    I wish I’d known then about car maintenance.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

  • Cindy

    I wished I had learned earlier to drive defensively. Drivers don’t use turn signals and be prepared to stop suddenly.I wished I had learned earlier to drive defensively. Drivers don’t use turn signals and be prepared to stop suddenly.

  • sazzyfrazz

    I wish I had realized how important routine maintenance was. My first and second cars would have lasted a lot longer.
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

  • D Schmidt

    I wish I had known the importance of checking tire tread, maintaining your vehicle and how ridiculous some other drivers can be!


  • latanya t

    the importance of regular oil changes and car maintenance

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  • Linda

    I wish I had realized that there are a lot of careless, bad drivers on the road that put themselves and others in jeopardy daily and to always be extra aware of that when on the road. I have had a few accidents in the years I’ve been driving that were caused by someone just not paying attention and hitting my car.

    cbythesea5 at gmail dot com

  • bellagirl07

    When it comes to road and car safety, I wish I knew how important it is to take a defensive driving class when you first start driving. It is so important to watch out for others on the road. Also it is important to learn how to drive in snow and ice.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

  • lifeskit

    I wish I was more prepared when it comes to road trips and kids, in terms of food and games

  • Madeline

    I wish I’d known that you always have to be aware of what the drivers
    around you are doing. I once swung around another car that was turning
    left and didn’t realize the car behind me was already doing the same
    thing around me (because I had hesitated), and we collided. It actually happened the day after I got my license!
    maddiembrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

  • Amy

    I really wish I knew to check my tire pressure regularly, It’s so important and I’ve had so many mishaps before i learned this lesson, as in popped tires, superbly flat tires and more. I now check all the time, just for peace of mind!

  • Ray Ray Cartucci

    Wish I had known what happens when you don’t get the oil changed in your car…totally ruined my first car.

  • I wish I would have thought more about watching out for other drivers. Even if I’m driving fine, a lot can go wrong.


  • Susan Smith

    I wish I didn’t assume that every driver was obeying the rules of the road.
    s2s2 at cox dot net

  • Julie Wood

    I wish I knew that you can not use different types of tires on your car because of uneven wear , and that the tires need to be rotated for even wear, and that the tires need the proper air pressure to keep them in good shape. My neglect of the tires on my car caused them to wear out prematurely. Now I take excellent care of my tires!

    • Julie Wood


  • steve weber

    I wish I had to known how to parallel park on the LEFT side.. I’m the worst!

  • Lisa Brown

    I wish I had know more about, or practiced more about, parallel parking; I am the worst at it and bumped a car once, learned fast to absolutely avoid this kind of parking.