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Beyond the Driving Test

states highlighted in blue
have committed to including comprehensive tire safety information in their driver's education curriculum (e.g., how to check tire pressure and tread depth) by 2020.

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We are working state-by-state to generate awareness and have asked state officials and agencies to adopt a standardized curriculum. Since the beginning of our efforts, 41 states have committed to change their driver’s education curricula to include comprehensive tire safety information. These include states with high concentrations of teen drivers like Florida and Georgia, which have the third and tenth highest numbers of licensed drivers in the country.

ADTSEA Partnership

In early 2015, Michelin and FIA announced a $100,000 grant to improve tire safety education in local communities. The grant was aimed at educating teens in Miami and Low Angeles areas, sites for the first FIA-sanctioned Formula E (electric cares) Championship. This underscored the FIA's goal to create a lasting legacy in the race's host cities.

The chosen winner was ADTSEA (the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association), the professional association representing traffic safety educators throughout the United States and abroad. In July 2015, Michelin and ADTSEA launched their first joint workshop and introduced a new tire-safety education module to driving instructors. A workshop in Miami was held in October 2015. In 2016, Michelin and ADTSEA held workshops in Long Beach, California, and other cities. In 2017, workshops will continue across the U.S. Since launching the tire safety curriculum, Michelin and ADTSEA have trained more than 700 driving instructors, reaching an estimated 200,000 teen drivers through tire safety workshops and special events nationwide. 

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The Situation

Automobile crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens in America, with 2,614 teen drivers of passenger vehicles involved in fatal crashes in 2013 (most recent statistics). What's more, of the 2.2 million crashes per year among inexperienced drivers, 12 percent can be attributed to tire-related issues, such as insufficient tread or pressure. Even so, few driver's education programs offer instruction on tire maintenance and safety.

Driver's Education Curriculum Recommendation

To help students and young drivers understand why they should care about tire safety, states are encouraged to teach new drivers about tire safety by including such information in their driver's education curriculum, and posing questions about the importance of checking tire pressure and tire tread depth on the vehicles they drive. It's not enough for driver's education manuals to only make reference to tires. Instead, each state is encouraged to go beyond just mentioning tires in their curriculum by providing "how-to" information regarding how to check tire pressure and how to check tread depth and teaching new drivers this important, potentially life-saving information.

Sample Driving Permit Test Questions

Suggestions for Driver's Education Tire Pressure Questions

How do you properly use a tire pressure gauge to check the tire pressure when the tire is cold?
Before the vehicle is driven or at least three hours after it has been driven.
How do you determine the proper PSI for your tires?
Refer to the inside of a vehicle door for your tires' PSI.
How do you inflate or let the air out of a tire to reach the correct PSI?
To inflate your tires, hook them up to an air compressor and fill them to the proper levels. To let the air out of a tire, press the gage down far enough until you hear air escaping from the tire.

Suggestions for Driver's Education Tread Depth Questions

How do you determine if your tires are worn and need to be replaced?
Apply the penny test to your tires.
How do you apply the penny test to your tires?
Hold a penny with Abraham Lincoln's body between the thumb and forefinger and insert it into the lowest tire groove. If Lincoln's head can be seen, it indicates that the tires are worn and should be replaced soon.

Resources & Downloads

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Sharing the Road: Advice on Safe Driving
Encouraging safe driving behaviors and sharing advice with young drivers can help decrease car accidents.

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Road Readiness: Glove Box Guide
A handy car and tire safety tip sheet to keep in teen's cars.

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The State of Tire Education
What teen drivers need to know beyond the driving test.

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Proposed Driver's Education Tire Safety Curriculum
Driver Education Classroom and In-Car Curriculum

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Summary of Michelin's Beyond the Driving Test Campaign
A trusted resource for tire safety information in state driver’s education curricula

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Road Safety Workshop & Conferences

Feb
26
ADTSEA NJAHPERD Tire Safety Workshop
Long Branch, NJ
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A one-day tire safety workshop.

Mar
25
Lifesavers Conference
Long Beach, CA
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A national conference on highway safety priorities.

Apr
01
iMAGINE Upstate STEAM Festival
Greenville, SC
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Beyond the Driving Test presentations throughout the day.

Jul
15
ADTSEA International
Sacramento, CA
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An international conference on highway safety priorities.

Aug
19
AAMVA International
San Francisco, CA
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This AIC will feature the latest trends in motor vehicles and law enforcement.

Sep
16
GHSA
Louisville, KY
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This conference will address how technological innovations can impact the way we drive both now and in the future.

About 50 by 2020

Which states include tire safety information in driver’s education materials?
Currently, 17 states either include or have committed to including tire safety information in driver’s education materials. Michelin’s goal is to ensure all 50 states include tire safety information by 2020. Visit the interactive map at the top of this page to see if your state includes or has committed to include tire safety information in its driver’s education materials.
What tire safety language should a state’s driver’s education materials include?
It’s not enough for driver’s education materials to only make reference to tires. Instead, each state is encouraged to go beyond just mentioning tires in their curriculum by providing “how-to” information regarding how to check tire pressure and tread depth and teaching new drivers this important, potentially life-saving information.
Who should I contact to discuss my state’s driver’s education materials and 50 by 2020?
Contact Sheryl Wilkerson, vice president of government affairs, Michelin North America 864-458-5367 Sheryl.Wilkerson@us.michelin.com

Beyond the Driving Test Campaign

What evidence do you have that teens need this tire education? Do you have data that shows that teens are dying on the roads because they lack tire education?
While we don’t have data that shows the number of deaths, according to a NHTSA study conducted in 2012, 9% of the more than 2 million recorded crashes experienced tire problems before the accident. That number increased to 12% with inexperienced drivers behind the wheel. In addition, 26% of these tire related crashes were due to low tread depth while 32% had improper tire pressure. It is not much of a leap to realize that had these drivers been better aware of the condition of their tires, they may have avoided these crashes.
Why is Michelin doing this now?
We’ve partnered with the FIA to help them achieve their mission of saving the lives of five million people on the world’s roads by the end of the decade. While considering areas to make a maximum impact, we realized that there was a real opportunity to look at driver’s education in the U.S. To address the safety gap in the current U.S. driver’s education curriculum, Michelin and FIA are launching an effort to transform the way we prepare new drivers, including mobilizing parental involvement, encouraging peer education and working to update the state-by-state Department of Motor Vehicles education curricula.
What is the aim of Michelin's new initiative?
Automobile accidents are the number one killer of teens in America. We believe that with more comprehensive driver’s education, especially around tire safety education, we can reduce the chances of teen car crashes. That is why Michelin and FIA are launching an effort to transform the way we prepare new drivers, including mobilizing parental involvement, encouraging peer education and working state-by-state to update driver's education curricula.
What specific steps is Michelin taking to address this issue?
We are taking a three-pronged approach. First, we are calling for all 50 states to include comprehensive tire safety information in driver’s education materials and programs by 2020, and we’re offering to help them develop the materials to ensure they have the best, up-to-date information as it pertains to proper tire safety and maintenance. Second, we are supporting teen-to-teen education, sponsoring a series featuring well-known teen YouTube celebrities with large teen audiences and going into high schools across the country to teach tire safety lessons. Finally, we will be actively working to build relationships with key road safety stakeholders and influencers like ADTSEA, AAMVA, GHSA, etc.