Driving is a way of life. But what if you could get rewarded for safe driving?
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SAFE DRIVING TIPS
Wear Your Seatbelt
It’s probably common sense that you would wear your seatbelt. However, when you are in a hurry taking kids from point A to point B, it can be easy to forget. It can also be an easy one to skip if you’re going a short distance. But when it comes to safe driving, making sure everyone is wearing their seatbelts is always a number one.
When I first started driving at 16, I remember not moving the car even an inch until my friends in the back seat had put on their seat belts. I’m still the same way. My car doesn’t move until my boys have their seat belts on!
Pay Attention to the Road
In a world where everything is a distraction, you cannot afford to be distracted while driving. You need to pay attention to what’s going on in front of you, not inside of your vehicle. Leave the phone alone, leave the radio alone and focus on the road.
Admit it… how many times have you seen someone driving and wondered if they’re paying attention, only to see them holding a phone up to their ear. Just as others can get distracted, we can too. We’re not immune!
My kids will sometimes ask for a particular song in the car. If it’s not easily accessible, I tell them they’ll just have to wait. It’s not necessarily what they want to hear, but I remind them that while I’m driving, my number one job is their safety.
Keep Your Hands on the Wheel
Lately, it seems common for individuals to do a lot of other things with their hands while driving. Just like you should avoid distractions, you should also keep your hands on the wheel. Keeping your hands on the wheel not only keeps yourself safe; it keeps those around you safe as well.
As a mom, I understand that kids are dropping things all the time in the backseats. And yes, it is tempting to reach around to pick up that toy… but don’t! I used to tell my kids that as long as I was driving, I couldn’t pick up things in the car. It didn’t take long for them to catch on and not get upset if they dropped something. Toddlers are smart!
Keep Your Eyes Forward
On the same note, when your kids are acting up or just want your attention, it can be easy to turn your head to see what’s going on and take your eyes off of the road. Just don’t!
When my boys were little, they often wanted my attention because they were upset or something was wrong. Rather than get distracted, I would pull over if I could to address whatever was going on. Stopping for a minute or two is worth it.
Even now that they’re 7 and 9 years old, they want me to check out their dance moves in the backseat. I just gently remind them that I’m driving and say I’d love to see their moves the moment we get home.