I just signed my oldest son up for the classroom portion of Drivers’ Education this week. I cannot wrap my head around the fact that I have a kid old enough to enroll in drivers’ ed. It seems like just yesterday that I was starting to learn to drive. I don’t think I realized the great responsibility that comes with becoming a licensed driver. It all seemed like fun and games back then. I vividly remember my drivers’ education class and all the antics that went on in the class and in the car. We all thought it was hilarious when a girl in our practice car hit a whole row of orange cones and dragged one behind her for a good 500 ft. until the instructor slammed on the brake to avoid the car hitting a fence. We laughed about that for months.
Even though we didn’t understand the responsibility, our parents sure did. Shortly after I passed my driving test and obtained my full driver’s license, my parents began looking for a car for me to drive. We did not have an abundance of money and the car was not given to me as a gift like it was for many of my friends. I had to work for my car. I had a job after school and on weekends and I was expected to pay for all my own gas as well as my own insurance. My parents must have test driven and researched at least 15 cars before they settled on a 10-year-old Honda. I remember how it felt when I got to drive my car for the first time. I felt like a grown-up. My 14-year-old son likes to send me pictures of the different cars he would enjoy owning. I laugh every time I get one of these pictures texted to me because my kid obviously has no concept of the cost of owning and maintaining a vehicle.
Of course, things were very different back when I was learning to drive. Smartphones didn’t exist, cell phones in general didn’t exist, and newly licensed drivers had fewer distractions while behind the wheel. My parents worried about speeding and driving with friends in the car. Nowadays parents have to really sit down and stress the importance of distraction-free driving with their kids. Matt and I have always tried to model the behavior we want our kids to copy and that includes no cellphones while driving. One thing that we will do differently with our newly licensed drivers is to involve them in the maintenance of the vehicle they will be driving. My dad always took care of that part of car ownership and I was clueless when I left home for college. I’d never been expected to take the car for an inspection or an oil change, or purchase new tires. I want to make sure my kids understand the importance of maintaining a vehicle and being safe. My first car wasn’t new or in prime condition but my dad always made sure it was serviced regularly and had good tires.
I worry about my son beginning to drive. I worry that he doesn’t understand the responsibility. Did you know the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is often referred to as the 100 Deadliest Days for teen drivers, based on accident data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and National Safety Council? As a mom of a soon-to-be driver, that is scary. The cold, hard reality is that automobile accidents are the number one killer of teens in America. They account for a shocking five thousand deaths annually. 12% of the 2.2 million accidents that occur each year with inexperienced drivers are due to tire-related issues (26% are attributed to low tread depth; 32% are attributed to improper tire pressure). Driving on underinflated tires or tires with low tread can lead to safety issues and less traction on the road. The good news is that accidents due to improper tire maintenance are preventable, and simple steps can save lives. Checking your tire pressure with a pressure gauge monthly and learning the proper way to check tread depth are two easy tasks that can help you correctly maintain your tires and contribute to overall vehicle safety.
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