TeensDriveSmart.com Road Show Rally Contest

Have you been trying to raise awareness at your school about safe driving habits?  Well then you might be interested in TeensDriveSmart.com Road Show Rally Contest.  What is the Road Show Rally?  The Rally is Teen's Drive Smart spin on a driving safety event.  It will include a road safety quiz game for the whole school, special guests, tire checks, and a $5000 grant for your school.

To enter you must create a video between 30 seconds – 2 minutes.  The videos do not need to be flashy, cinematic masterpieces but should show why your school deserves or is need of a driving safety event.  Maybe talk about some project your school has been working on to improve awareness or something you have been trying to get together yourself.  If your school has been unable to find a viable way to host an event themselves, explain why.  Express the desire and interest you or your school has for hosting the event.

Any students between the ages of 16-21 that attend a high school, college, university, community college, or trade school are eligible to enter.  Multiple entries from students from the same school are allowed!  Videos will be judged on a basis of three factors: creativity, poignancy, and need.  Once videos are uploaded they will be posted on Teens Drive Smart website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.

Even if you don't win the Grand Prize Road Show Rally and $5,000 grant for your school, two runners up will receive $2,500.  So a total of $10,000 is up for grabs!  The money is for promoting and educating students on safe driving habits at those students respective schools.

The contest ends on October 7th, 2011 and the Winners will be announced on October 11th.  Get out those video cameras and make a video!

Day 9 Chicago to Cleveland

Cleveland

On Monday I set out from Chicago around 9.  The Windy City is great and I would have loved to stay longer.  I had to get going back home for the Baltimore Grand Prix and a dog in Ohio that I am going to transport to Maryland.  It was actually good to leave Chicago to get away from the ridiculous gas prices.  The most expensive in the country!  The average price seemed to be around $4.10.  Luckily I did not drive much and did not have to fillup my car in Illinois.

Driving through Ohio was fairly uneventful.  The only real events happening was stopping at tolls!  They are a killer.  I think I spent more on tolls driving through Illinois and Ohio in 1 day then I have ever in my whole life.  It must have amounted to about $20 or more for the day.  I will have to check all my receipts I got to see exactly how much.  At least Ohio's rest areas are nice.  Most are clean bathrooms and have some sort of convenience store or food court.  Overall Ohio is not bad.

For some reason today I was not up for driving much.  After about 4-5 hours of driving I got really tired.  Driving by yourself can be difficult.  I listened to Pimmsler's Speak and Read Russian tapes again trying to learn Russian.  Don't ask me how to say anything in Russian because I can't even remember much if anything that from those tapes.  To a certain extent trying to listen to make you mind think too much is not good for driving because you need to pay attention to the road.  I found Audiobooks to be the best.  So I put in “The Bourne Supremacy” by Robert Ludlum and listened to that for the majority of my driving.  There are great movies and books.  Especially listening to when you are by yourself in a car for long periods of time.

Originally I got a call from a very nice guy in Youngstown, OH named Andrew from Couchsurfing.  He said I could stay at his place, but when I was getting closer and closer to Cleveland I realized driving another 2 and half hours to Youngstown from where I was would not be safe.  Another girl from Couchsurfing, Alissa, called me back after confirming my request and said I could stay with her and her roommate in Cleveland.  I decided to go with Alissa because I was too tired at this point to drive much more.  Cleveland was only 1 hour away.

I got into Cleveland and was driving around.  Man, Cleveland feels a lot like Baltimore.  A lot of bad neighborhoods next to good neighborhoods.  A city in change with lots of new construction going up.  All it mainly geared toward gentrification, yuppies, and colleges.  When I got into Cleveland I finally meetup with Alissa's roommate David.  We started talking and were talking about where we are from.  Turns out we are both from Newton, MA.  Small world.

 

Safety Scholars Video Contest, Win Money for College

If you like making movies and need some cash for college, you are in luck.  Bridgestone is running their annual Safety Scholars Video Contest.  Essentially you make a short movie about motoring safety and upload i, then you might win a $10,000 college scholarship!

You might be curious, why would Bridestone have this contest?  Angela Patterson Sikes who coordinates digital media and teen driver safety initiatives for Bridgestone, “Bridgestone started the contest in 2006 as part of its teen driver safety initiatives.  Safety Scholars originally began as an essay contest, but in 2007, Bridgestone decided to turn it into a video contest because they thought video would be the most effective form for teens to communicate that message and might reach more people that way.  Sadly, car crashes kill more 16 to 21 year olds than any other cause, so Bridgestone hopes this is a strong, creative way for teens and young adults to consider what they do behind the wheel.”

If you want to submit a video to be judged the deadline is June 24th, 2011.  Videos must be either 25 or 55 seconds long.  Not between 25 and 55 seconds, but one of the two.  The contest is open to 15-21 year olds, within the US and Canada.  The videos must be well thought out and executed.  Angela Patterson Sikes, “Bridgestone chooses the finalists based on the following criteria: how well the video compels viewers to be more safety-conscious when using their vehicles and how well the video effectively and creatively communicates its message.”  Last year there were 1,373 entries, and this year's number will hopefully top that.  Each year the videos get better and better.  There should be no exception for this year.

Even if you are not quite lucky enough to win the Grand Prize, the second and third place finalists will receive a $5,000 scholarship.  The top ten videos will get a Free set of Bridgestone or Firestone tires.  So get working on a video to submit.  Remember, it's not just about getting money for school but helping create safer drivers on our roads.

For more info or to upload a video visit: http://www.safetyscholars.com/