One of the most momentous occasions for a teenager arrives the day it is time to get a driver license. Somewhere between 10th and 11th grade most teenagers will be dragging their parents out of the house and into the car for driving lessons. Although this will be their first time behind the wheel, it is far from their first lesson.
In fact, did you know that your teenager has watched your every move for years now, and will be mimicking everything you’ve done, without instruction as a teenage driver. I remember the first time I allowed J-bird to take Em to school. I watched nervously from the balcony until they were far out of sight. Trusting that he had listened to all the tips I had shared, and showed him first hand, I had confidence in knowing that my teenager driver would use the knowledge he had gained.
My son has driven for a few years now and I asked him to share some of his driving safety tips so that you can share them with your soon to be and/or new teenager driver. He’s written a letter you can share with your teenage driver.
Dear New Teenage Driver,
Congrats on the new drivers license!!! There is so much I love about driving, it felt like I had waited my whole life just for that moment at the DMV getting my driver’s license. Driving is not something I take lightly because I remember the days of walking or riding my bike to get places, I prefer them to be distant memories because in the heat of the summer in Miami there is nothing fun about it. There is a responsibility that comes with driving, especially since I don’t want to end up a statistic. Here are some tips for you to go over before you head out on the road. The more you practice them, the quicker they will become habit.
– The first thing you should ALWAYS do is put your seat belt on as soon as you sit down – no if, and or buts about it.
– Turn down the radio – you can always crank it up at home, if you are jamming out, you won’t hear a car horn warning
– Put your phone away, texting and driving is stupid.
– Check your mirrors, side-view and rear-view, each time you get in the car. I share a car with my parents so the mirrors are always being moved.
– Don’t eat/drink while driving – you don’t want to mess up your fresh gear. There is nothing worse than staining a new pair of kicks.
– Speeding isn’t worth the ticket or your life – it’s better to be late than….well you know.
– If you don’t feel ready to go out on your, keep practicing – it will happen.
– Follow the law, not your friends – there is simply nothing worth losing your license or your life over.
In fact, as much as you may want to be the cool kid in the crowd with the car, the less you are driving your friends around the more money you’ll save on gas – also the less people in the car, the less distractions you’ll have to deal with. There is a time and place for hanging out with friends, like in your room making all the noise you want and driving your parents crazy.
Catch you at the light,
J-bird – Teenager Driver – Check out my Teenage Driver Safety Tips video below!
The Allstate Foundation is working with parents and teens to get everyone talking about tips to keep our young teenager drivers safe. The #GetThereSafe campaign has made remarkable strides and is responsible for driving down teen car crash fatalities by nearly 48 percent by sharing resources and information.
All of the resources are available for both parents and teens. A teenage driver and their parents can sign a Driving Agreement, check out Teen Driver Laws by State, and read all the amazing information in the Driver Coaching Guide.
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Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored safety campaign with DiMe Media and Allstate Foundation. However, all opinions expressed are my own. I received compensation for sharing the information above. Regardless, I only share products that I truly believe in and use for my family, that I feel will be a good fit for you the reader. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.