C’mon parents – be a good driving role model.
Someone once said that the sincerest form of flattery is imitation. Except when you’re pesky 5-year-old nephew repeats everything you say. But for the most part it’s probably true. Espcially when it comes to kids/teens.
They will copy you. That’s why it’s critical to be a good driving role model for your children - especially teenagers, they’re watching and they’re learning.
That’s why it’s critical to practice what you preach and operate your vehicle in a safe and courteous manner:
Follow the rules of the road - go the speed limit, use your signal lights, come to a complete stop at a stop sign, slow down on a yellow light, and for crying out loud – put your seatbelt on. You get the drift (oh yeah… don’t drift… it’s very unsafe and illegal).
Practice good habits – always shoulder check when changing lanes, only drive when you’re well rested and in a good frame of mind, leave a safe distance between you and the car in front (more info on that to come), and the list goes on.
But most importantly – put your phone on do not disturb (read more about an awesome new iOS feature HERE) and put it away. No text or call is that important.
Here are some other pointers that are worth giving a shot;
Try using some safe driving slogans that will not only make your teenager cringe, but make them remember what you said when it’s their turn to get behind the wheel. Here’s a few of our fav’s that you should persistently repeat with your child in the car:
- Safe Driving is No Accident
- Safety starts with an “S” but begins with “You”
- Driving Faster can cause a disaster
- Buckle Up Buttercup
- If you drink or get high and drive you’re a bloody idiot
- A text or call can wreck it all
- Buckle Up, Hang Up, Heads Up – it all adds up
Send us your favorite slogan
Get your teenager involved with driving safely even while they are a passenger. Ask them questions, see if they’re paying attention to their surroundings and other drivers, check their knowledge of the rules of the road.
You should also show poise and restraint when another driver does something incorrectly and use it as a teaching opportunity (while calling said driver a Cotton headed ninny-muggins under your breath).
All in all, it’s important to keep in mind that teenagers will mimic behavior – good or bad. So polish up those driving skills and be a good role model. Our streets and our children will be safer.
TLSAE (Traffic Law Substance Abuse Education)
The first step to developing good driving habits and getting your Learner’s Permit in the State of Florida is taking your Traffic Law Substance Abuse Education course (TLSAE course). This course introduces the rules of the road and the effects of drugs and alcohol on the body.