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How risky is distracted driving?

It's time to commit yourself to never drive distracted

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Did you know that just FIVE seconds of texting or reading an email at 55MPH is like driving the entire length of a football field blindfolded?

You’ve got big things ahead of you, and it's easy to help keep your future looking bright. Just make the commitment to yourself to put down the phone, get where you’re headed in one piece– and maybe give yourself a little jumpstart towards a promising college career and beyond!

AAA’s Top 10 Tips to Avoid Distractions While Driving

1. Fully focus on driving. Do not let anything divert your attention, actively scan the road, use your mirrors and watch out for pedestrians and cyclists.

2. Store loose gear, possessions and other distractions that could roll around in the car, so you do not feel tempted to reach for them on the floor or the seat.

3. Make adjustments before your get underway. Address vehicle systems like your GPS, seats, mirrors, climate controls and sound systems before hitting the road. Decide on your route and check traffic conditions ahead of time.

4. Finish dressing and personal grooming at home – before you get on the road.

5. Snack smart. If possible, eat meals or snacks before or after your trip, not while driving. On the road, avoid messy foods that can be difficult to manage.

Distracted driving kills an average of 9 people and injures over 1,000 every day. I promise to put down the phone and take the pledge to save lives — I promise to Disconnect & Drive!


6. Secure children and pets before getting underway. If they need your attention, pull off the road safely to care for them. Reaching into the backseat can cause you to lose control of the vehicle.

7. Put aside your electronic distractions. Don’t use cell phones while driving – handheld or hands-free – except in absolute emergencies. Never use text messaging, email functions, video games or the internet with a wireless device, including those built into the vehicle, while driving.

8. If you have passengers, enlist their help so you can focus safely on driving.

9. If another activity demands your attention, instead of trying to attempt it while driving, pull off the road and stop your vehicle in a safe place. To avoid temptation, power down or stow devices before heading out.

10. As a general rule, if you cannot devote your full attention to driving because of some other activity, it’s a distraction. Take care of it before or after your trip, not while behind the wheel.

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ELIGIBILITY: Promotion is open to legal residents who are 15 years of age or older and attend a member school of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) or the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association (NCISAA).  Employees of AAA (“Promotional Participant”), the NCHSAA state office, the NCISAA state office, and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, promotion and advertising agencies, and members of their immediate families (children and siblings) are not eligible to enter or win. Void where prohibited by law.  

HOW TO ENTER: During the Promotion Period, all eligible registrants must complete an online pledge form on a dedicated website ( to enter. Registrants will provide name, email address and school affiliation.   All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on October 24th 2021 to be eligible. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means and entries by any means which subvert the entry process are void. Limit one (1) entry per person and per email throughout the Promotion Period. All entries become the sole property of the Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. Sponsor’s clock is the official timekeeper of this Promotion.

RANDOM DRAWING: Sponsor will select 2 winners in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received throughout the Promotion Period. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Prior to November 1st, 2021, winners will be notified via email. Potential winner may be required to execute and return an affidavit of eligibility, a liability release and, where lawful, a publicity release after the date of issuance. If such documents are not returned within a specified time period, prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, Sponsor is unable to contact the potential winner, or the potential winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s discretion, an alternate potential winner may be selected by random drawing from among all remaining eligible entries received.

INDIVIDUAL PRIZE (2 TOTAL):  $1000 Scholarship Prize/Donation will be awarded to 2 randomly selected winners. The Sponsor or a NCHSAA/NCISAA representative will work directly with the winner and the school to determine best method for applying the prize.

PRIZE CONDITIONS:  All applicable federal, state and local taxes, if any, and all other costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided are the sole responsibility of the winner. Released Parties (as defined below) disclaim all and any liability for the actual provision, quality or nature of any prize (or portion thereof) accepted by the winner. The awarding of any prize is contingent upon full compliance with these Official Rules. Prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by Sponsor. No substitution, assignment, transfer, or cash equivalent of prize (or portion thereof) is permitted, except by Sponsor, who reserves the right to substitute prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value, at its sole discretion. All prize details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion.

GENERAL CONDITIONS: By participating in the Promotion, each entrant agrees: (a) to abide by these Official Rules and decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects relating to this Promotion; (b) to release, discharge and hold harmless the Sponsor, the NCHSAA, the NCISAA and their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the foregoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from entrant’s participation in the Promotion or any Promotion-related activity (including any travel/activity related thereto) or the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize (or portion thereof); and (c) to the use of his/her name, voice, performance, photograph, entry, and/or likeness for programming, advertising, publicity and promotional purposes in any and all media, now or hereafter known, worldwide and on the Internet, and in perpetuity by Sponsor and its designees, without compensation (unless prohibited by law) or additional consents from entrant or any third party and without prior notice, approval or inspection, and to execute specific consent to such use. By participating, entrant also agrees not to release any publicity or other materials on his/her own or through someone else regarding his/her participation in the Promotion without the prior consent of the Sponsor, which it may withhold in its sole discretion.

MISCELLANEOUS: Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, illegible, damaged, inaccurate, stolen, delayed, misdirected, undelivered, or garbled entries, or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Promotion, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Promotion, the processing of entries, the announcement of the prize, or in any Promotion-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Promotion. Released Parties are not responsible for any injury or damage to any person's computer related to or resulting from participating in this Promotion or downloading materials from or use of the website. Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Promotion or associated websites, who act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or who are in violation of these Official Rules, as solely determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified and all associated entries will be void. Should any portion of the Promotion be, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, compromised for any reason, including virus, worms, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes which, in the sole opinion of the Sponsor, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play, or submission of entries, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Promotion (or portion thereof) and, if terminated, at its discretion, select the potential winner in a random drawing from among all non-suspect, eligible entries received prior to action taken. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE PROMOTION MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK ANY AND ALL REMEDIES AVAILABLE FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.
CHOICE OF LAW: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Promotion, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the State of North Carolina, USA.

PRIVACY: Information collected from participants shall not be sold to any third parties and shall only be used by the Sponsor and Promotional Participant in furtherance of the Promotion.

REQUEST FOR WINNER’S NAME: For the name of the winner/s (available after date send a self-addressed, stamped, envelope by date, to: TPG 7755 Ballantyne Commons Parkway; Suite 102 Charlotte, NC 28277

SPONSOR AND ADMINISTRATOR:AAA Carolinas and TPG • Abbreviated Rules

No purchase necessary. Promotion is open to legal residents who are 15 years of age or older and attend a member school of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) or the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association (NCISAAA).  The AAA Carolinas Teen Driving Safety Week/Take the Pledge School Challenge (the “Promotion”) starts on October 18th  at 12:00 a.m  Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on October 24th,  2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET (“Promotion Period”).

Official Rules

The AAA Carolinas Teen Driver Safety Week/ Take the Pledge School Challenge (the “Promotion”) starts on October 18th , 2021 at 12:00 a.m Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on October 24th , 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET (“Promotion Period”). The Promotion is sponsored and administrated by AAA Carolinas 6600 AAA Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212.

Put down the phone & take the pledge during Teen Driver Safety Week– you'll be automatically registered for the chance to win a $1000 scholarship!


Promotion is open to legal residents who are 15 years of age or older and attend a member school of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA).