With car crashes ranking as the primary cause of fatalities among American teenagers, educating teens of their responsibilities on the road is essential. Allstate insurance and NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne stepped up to assist in that effort Oct. 25, when Kahne and car owner Ray Evernham visited Pebblebrook High School in Mableton to discuss safe driving.
Driver of the #9 Dodge car, the 27 year-old Kahne is a seven-time winner in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and one of the sport’s most popular personalities. Speed Channel personality John Roberts hosted the on-stage discussion with Kahne and Evernham, who talked about their careers in racing, their driving experiences off the race track and the importance of teens learning how to maximize their safety on the road. Kahne talked to Pebblebrook’s students about the difference between driving fast on the racetrack and driving prudently on the streets. Evernham spoke about his own teenage son learning to drive and how his role as both a father and a racing engineer has helped him educate his son.
Pebblebrook was chosen for the Allstate-sponsored event because of the involvement of sophomore Sara Diggins (pictured above with Kahne), one of 47 safe driving ambassadors representing The Allstate Foundation. Sara introduced Kahne and Evernham to her fellow Pebblebrook students after sharing some of her personal experiences of losing someone she knew in a car accident. She also explained how she is opting to keep her learner’s permit for a longer period of time so that she can become more familiar with driving in the busy metro Atlanta traffic.
Students experienced a variety of interactive features set up in the Pebblebrook theater lobby, including a driving simulator and displays of authentic NASCAR safety equipment.
Speed Channel’s John Roberts shared some of his thoughts about safe driving for a segment on the channel. Roberts said, “I’ve never seen a text message worth losing your life over.”
Kahne and Evernham also spent time signing autographs and taking pictures with students in attendance.
Allstate used the event to announce a relaunch of its safe driving information Web site, which includes the Parent-Teen Driving Contract to help parents start driving discussions with their kids.