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TEENDRIVE365 VIDEO CHALLENGE

See which of our finalists had the best idea to get people to drive more safely.


Jacob O - Parkville, MO

We asked teens from all over the country to get people to drive more safely. Check out last year's finalists to help your teen gain some inspiration to create a video of their own. (And maybe even win $15,000.) Learn how to enter this year's contest
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  • Jacob O - Parkville, MO
    We asked teens from all over the country to get people to drive more safely. Check out last year's finalists to help your teen gain some inspiration to create a video of their own. (And maybe even win $15,000.) Learn how to enter this year's contest
    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends: Mar 16, 2015. For Terms and Conditions/Rules, visit here
  • Ellen D - Toledo, OH
    We asked teens from all over the country to get people to drive more safely. Check out last year's finalists to help your teen gain some inspiration to create a video of their own. (And maybe even win $15,000.) Learn how to enter this year's contest
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  • Rachel M.
    We asked teens from all over the country to get people to drive more safely. Check out last year's finalists to help your teen gain some inspiration to create a video of their own. (And maybe even win $15,000.) Learn how to enter this year's contest
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  • Jenny K., Tyler K., Kevin K., Chase M.
    We asked teens from all over the country to get people to drive more safely. Check out last year's finalists to help your teen gain some inspiration to create a video of their own. (And maybe even win $15,000.) Learn how to enter this year's contest
    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends: Mar 16, 2015. For Terms and Conditions/Rules, visit here
  • Jake M.
    We asked teens from all over the country to get people to drive more safely. Check out last year's finalists to help your teen gain some inspiration to create a video of their own. (And maybe even win $15,000.) Learn how to enter this year's contest
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  • Ethan P.
    We asked teens from all over the country to get people to drive more safely. Check out last year's finalists to help your teen gain some inspiration to create a video of their own. (And maybe even win $15,000.) Learn how to enter this year's contest
    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends: Mar 16, 2015. For Terms and Conditions/Rules, visit here
  • Evan M.
    We asked teens from all over the country to get people to drive more safely. Check out last year's finalists to help your teen gain some inspiration to create a video of their own. (And maybe even win $15,000.) Learn how to enter this year's contest
    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends: Mar 16, 2015. For Terms and Conditions/Rules, visit here
  • Taylor N.
    We asked teens from all over the country to get people to drive more safely. Check out last year's finalists to help your teen gain some inspiration to create a video of their own. (And maybe even win $15,000.) Learn how to enter this year's contest
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  • Grace S.
    We asked teens from all over the country to get people to drive more safely. Check out last year's finalists to help your teen gain some inspiration to create a video of their own. (And maybe even win $15,000.) Learn how to enter this year's contest
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  • Ethan F.
    We asked teens from all over the country to get people to drive more safely. Check out last year's finalists to help your teen gain some inspiration to create a video of their own. (And maybe even win $15,000.) Learn how to enter this year's contest
    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends: Mar 16, 2015. For Terms and Conditions/Rules, visit here
  • Glenn F., Jaunice J., Julian R.
    We asked teens from all over the country to get people to drive more safely. Check out last year's finalists to help your teen gain some inspiration to create a video of their own. (And maybe even win $15,000.) Learn how to enter this year's contest
    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends: Mar 16, 2015. For Terms and Conditions/Rules, visit here
  • Alyssa V., Maria C.
    We asked teens from all over the country to get people to drive more safely. Check out last year's finalists to help your teen gain some inspiration to create a video of their own. (And maybe even win $15,000.) Learn how to enter this year's contest
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  • Toyota Teen Driver TV-Ready PSA: Ryan J.
    We asked teens from all over the country to get people to drive more safely. Check out last year's finalists to help your teen gain some inspiration to create a video of their own. (And maybe even win $15,000.) Learn how to enter this year's contest
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  • Toyota Teen Driver TV-Ready PSA: Vineeth M. & Harrish R.
    We asked teens from all over the country to get people to drive more safely. Check out last year's finalists to help your teen gain some inspiration to create a video of their own. (And maybe even win $15,000.) Learn how to enter this year's contest
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THE REAL COST OF DRIVING

An interactive calculator to help teens understand
the real costs of driving.

  • 1. CAR COST
  • 2. UPKEEP COST
  • 3. INSURANCE COST
  • 4. TOTAL COST

1. Car Cost

Think about your dream car and fill in the following fields.
The cost of your car will be a big contributor to your total cost of driving.

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What's the total cost of your first ride?
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This is the first payment you make when you buy a car. It's recommended that you pay at least $2,000 (or 15-20% of your total car cost). After you make a down payment, you pay the rest of the cost back little by little—so try to pay as much as you can now!
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This is the bank fee you have to pay for borrowing money. It's usually a percentage of your total loan amount (the total car cost minus your down payment). Average interest rates range from four to nine percent so if you're not sure, choose a rate within this range for now. Have a credit card? A good credit score usually leads to a lower interest rate!
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How much time will you have to pay back your loan? This is your loan term.
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2. Upkeep Cost

Don't forget about the hidden costs you'll have to pay to make sure your car keeps running!
You'll have to account for everything from gas and oil changes to repairs and taxes.

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How many miles do you think you'll drive each month? Multiply this by the cost of gas where you live to estimate your monthly fuel cost.
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Your average monthly cost will vary based on the kind of car you drive, how often you drive, and where you drive. Costs for everything from oil changes to brake upkeep can range from $25 a month (if you drive a compact car) to $50 a month (for an SUV).
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This is the fee you have to pay your state government in order to drive your car. Taxes vary by state but typically average about $100/month. For a more exact tax cost, you can talk to your parents or search online.
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3. Insurance Cost

Many factors impact your insurance rate. Some variables are preset. Less-experienced drivers, for
instance, will receive higher rates because data shows an increased crash risk. (We know--unfair!) But
don't worry: factors in your control like good grades can lower how much you pay! (Awesome, right?) Car
variables like make, model and age have an impact too.

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If you're unsure of your premium, the average for a teen is $2,400 per year (or $200 a month). Consider the factors explained here and adjust this average as needed.
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4. Total Cost

Can you swing these costs? If not, think about what you learned and try again.
Then compare costs and figure out your first ride.

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Safety Gifs

Looking for a fun way to teach your teen about safety
behind the wheel? These awesome animated safe driving
tips should do the trick.

Safety Gifs

Driving is fun. Teaching your teen how to be safe should be, too. Check out these helpful animated safe driving tips.

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PARENT / TEEN
SAFETY QUIZ

Put your knowledge to the test and see who knows
more about safe driving: you or your teen.

TOYOTA PARENT / TEEN SAFETY QUIZ

Think you know what makes a safe driver? Prove it. Take The Toyota Parent/Teen Safety Challenge. And when you’re done, remember to share your score.

Before you get started, which of the following are you?

1/10

Which driving habits of a parent are teens most likely to imitate?

good habits
bad habits
both
none of the above

Whether they mean to or not, teens pick up on everything. That means both the good and the bad.

2/10

What's the recommended way to hold the steering wheel while driving?

with your hands at 10 o'clock & 2 o'clock
with your hands at 9 o'clock & 3 o'clock
with your hands at 7 o'clock & 5 o'clock
none of the above

Because of the way air bags release, 9 o'clock & 3 o'clock are now the best place to hold the wheel.

3/10

If you hear a siren or see flashing lights on an emergency vehicle, you should:

pull to the left and proceed slowly
pull to the right and proceed slowly
pull to the left and stop
pull to the right and stop

Although every situation is different, the best practice is to move to the right and stop.

4/10

Three out of four crashes occur how far from home?

25 miles or less
30 miles or less
35 miles or less
40 miles or less
5/10

It is always illegal to park:

in a tunnel
on a bridge
in a bicycle lane
all of the above
6/10

Texting while driving makes you        more likely to crash.

12 times
18 times
23 times
100 times
7/10

If you are making a left turn, you should signal continuously during the last        feet before the turn.

50
100
200
400

100 Feet. Not too much, not too little. Just enough to give a clean, safe warning.

8/10

What are the odds of a teen having a crash compared to an adult?

less
about the same
double
more than double

Teens are four times more likely to crash compared to an adult. Experience helps.

9/10

What does a flashing yellow light mean?

be alert
slow down
be careful
all of the above
10/10

To check your blind spot before changing lanes, you should always:

look into the left side mirror
look into the right side mirror
look into the rear view mirror
look over your shoulder in the direction you plan to move

Scores

Parents
89%
You
89%
Teens
89%

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Decoded Tips

Have what it takes to uncover safe driving tips?
Share these challenging puzzles with your teens.

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Heads Up Driving Game

Driving distracted is never a good idea. Take this challenge to see just how bad of an idea it really is.

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