The Allstate Foundation’s #GetThereSafe Challenge ends August 8, and you don’t want to miss out on this! The challenge is here to help teens stay safe on the road, and it has an awesome reward: one school is going to win a meet-and-greet with Austin Mahone.
Austin told me about the Challenge earlier this year, and with the clock ticking, he and MTV Act are back with a friendly reminder. Check out these safe driving tips, learn the official rules of the Challenge, and see what Austin has to say below. Stay safe, and good luck at meeting Austin!
ACT: The #GetThereSafe Challenge is almost over! How can people take part, and why is it important for them to do so (besides the chance to meet you, of course!)?
AUSTIN: They can go to teensgettheresafe.com to check out the website and enter to get a chance for me to come to their school and hang out. I basically teamed up with Allstate to inform teens my age, because I’m a new driver and I want to show them it’s cool to just wait and not be on Instagram and Twitter and all that while they’re driving. It’s not safe and it’s actually very dangerous for teens. I wanted to join and push that message out.
ACT: Does being a teen yourself make this campaign especially important to you?
AUSTIN: Definitely. Like I said, I’m new on the road. I just got my license about a year and a half ago, so I’m very, very new. I know what it’s like, you know? I’m constantly on social media and I want to be on there all the time, even when I’m in the car. But that’s the time when you can’t do that. That’s why I joined. So I can inform teens to not do it. You know what I’m saying?
ACT: What do you think is the most useful tip for safe driving?
AUSTIN: There are a couple. I would say, of course, the first thing you do is buckle up. I would say when you’re driving, don’t be too fast. Just drive like a normal person. If your friends are in the car, don’t let them distract you. Even have them take your phone if you want, so you’re not tempted to even look at it.
ACT: If a teen is worried about a friend’s dangerous driving, do you have any recommendations about what they do?
AUSTIN: If I was in the car, I’d be like, “Yo, you guys wanna die? Because I don’t.” As simple as that.
ACT: What’s been the best part of your tour?
AUSTIN: Going to new states I haven’t been to, getting to get close with Fifth Harmony and Shawn Mendes and The Vamps and everyone who’s been on the tour. It’s all a learning experience. I’m having a really good time. It keeps getting better with every show, so I’m excited.