As the children are getting older, they are looking forward to getting their Drivers Permit. Of course, this is both an exciting and a sober time, as driving is something we look at seriously. A few days ago we brought a couple of them "test driving", and gave them some pointers and guidelines for driving. For any of you in the same circumstances, here are just a few tips I have collected.
1. First of all, stay alert. As my Dad always told me, being aware of what and who are around you -at all times- is the most important part of staying safe on the road! Don't just concentrate on your vehicle, pay attention to the location of other vehicles, signs, merging lanes, etc. This way you are prepared if the car in front of you suddenly stops or swerves, and you aren't caught off guard.
2. Don't ever text while driving! This should be a given, but it is amazing how many people I see texting on their phones while driving, or stopped at a light. It is not safe! I don't even like talking on the cellphone while driving (and it's illegal in many states). If you have to talk, get a Bluetooth device so your hands are free to drive, rather than trying to answer a call.
3. Obey the speed limit and other road signs. These signs are here for a reason-to keep you and other drivers safe! Many drivers act like the speed limit is just a suggestion, and they can drive however fast they want. Then there's the numerous people I see who just slow down when coming to a stop sign. It's not a slow down sign, it's a STOP sign! An important part of teaching the children to drive is teaching them what the road signs mean. (We actually just discussed this today on the way back from Wal-Mart).
4. Don't drive when you're tired. If you're driving and start to feel drowsy, pull off and take a nap or trade drivers. Having a cold water or even a small snack to munch on can also help you stay awake if there's no one else to take over driving.
5. Keep your vehicle in good condition. No matter how good a driver you are, if your car is in need of an oil change, new brake pads, or a tail-light replacement, you aren't driving safely!
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