License to Drive: National Teen Driver Safety Week
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My parents gifted me my own car when I got my license, but they made sure I was well aware that driving was an earned privilege and not a given right. They made it very clear on more than one occasion that there would be strict rules that came along with those set of car keys I wanted so badly.
Some seemed small, some reasonable, and some seemed really silly, but years later when it’s my turn to hand over keys to my teen daughter, she will inherit the same rules from my past and even gain a few new ones.
Keep your eyes on the road and hands upon the wheel. Always be present, don’t let anything distract you, especially your own thoughts. Before you place that car in drive, make sure not to dwell on anything that might make you daydream.
I can’t drive 55. Oh, yes you can, Sammy Hagar Jr. If you want to be considered a responsible driver you will drive 55. Speed limits are posted for a reason. Obey them. Period.
WEAR YOUR SEATBELT. Always. No exceptions. Do you hear me? Don’t you even turn that ignition on until you hear “click”.
Radio. Radio. It’s cool to listen to the radio, but don’t play your jams loudly. You need to be able to hear things happening outside around your vehicle.
Baby, you can drive my car. NOT. No, no, no! Do not allow your licensed friends to drive your car unless both sets of parents have given their permission.
Fix-a-flat. Know how to change a tire in under 10 minutes flat. Trust me, it can be done.
Into The Great Wide Open. Always check your your levels: Tires, Water, and Oil before road tripping.
No drinking and driving. Not only is dangerous, but it’s illegal and if I ever find out about it I will take your keys, make you cut up your license in front of me and take you off of my insurance. That’s a promise and there is no negotiating.
Tick Tock. Nothing good happens after midnight. All bets are off if you are not home at curfew, and in the house by 11:59 pm. You will lose one day of driving privileges for every minute you are late.
Don’t leave home without it. Always have your license, registration and proof of insurance on hand.
Don’t tailgate. Don’t be that person. It will not get you anywhere faster, well except the ER because they slammed their brakes. No bueno.
Texting can wait. Please keep your phone in the backseat while driving. There is no reason to check, look or sneak a peek while driving.
Fill’er up. Never go below a half a tank of gas. This is something my grandfather instilled in me and I will never forget. If you always keep your tank half full, you’ll never risk running out of gas.
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