Red Farmer's Biggest Win
“If you’re behind the wheel, pass the phone off to a passenger. Or if you just have to talk, take a few minutes to pull over. The main thing about driving is staying alert, and if you’re on the phone or sleepy or sick and taking medication, you aren’t as alert as you need to be when you drive.”
There is one major improvement in modern driving safety, says the NASCAR star, and that’s mandatory seat belt use.
“When I was driving, wearing seat belts wasn’t cool,” he says. “That was stupid, but that’s the way it was. Now it’s not only a lot cooler than it used to be, it’s the law. The first thing you should do when you get in a car is buckle up – there’s just no excuse not to.
“If you can get through to these guys and let them know how important it is to be safe, you can make a difference,” Gordon says. “When I was in high school I took drivers ed, and to this day my teacher still shows up at a lot of my races.
“He certainly didn’t teach me to speed, but he helped me be safe. Hopefully, programs like Get Real Behind The Wheel can help a lot more kids be safe.”
Meet the Drivers
Hometown: Corpus Christi, Texas.
Married, two children.
Drives the Kellogg’s-sponsored Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.
Labonte, winner of 22 NASCAR Winston Cup races and two series titles, experienced a career resurgence of sorts in 2003 when he managed to win a race and run up front in most of the circuit’s 36 events.
A member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the older brother of NASCAR regular Bobby Labonte started racing quarter-midgets at the age of 7 and moved up to stock cars by the time he was 16.