Guest Post from Free Lance Writer : Amy Patterson
With the school year just around the corner, you’re probably putting away your summer bucket list and starting a “back to school” to do list. Not only do your kids need new clothes and school supplies, but you might need to coordinate your schedule for carpool or get everyone signed up for extracurricular activities.
As you’re switching gears and getting back into the school year mode, it’s also a good time to think about roadway safety. Whether you have newly licensed teen drivers, who will be driving themselves or younger siblings to school, or if you’re in charge of getting your kids to and from activities, it’s the perfect time of year to brush up on some safety.
Set Rules for Your Young Drivers
Setting rules for a teen can always be a challenge, but when it comes to driving it’s essential. Have an open discussion, talk about your expectations and concerns, and then let your teen give you some feedback. If you can set rules together, they may be more likely to be accountable for their actions.
Talk about “real world” consequences of driving irresponsibly and stress that driving is a privilege. When in doubt, discuss New York State driving laws and how it pertains to young drivers.
Be A Good Role Model
Do you want your kids to buckle up and be attentive? It’s up to you to show them the way. If you’re in a hurry and forget to buckle your seat belt before you get behind the wheel or decide to talk or text while driving, you’re not being a good role model for your young passengers. Even if they won’t be driving for a few more years, you set the tone for what’s right and wrong.
Use Caution in School Zones
When school resumes after summer break, many people forget to slow down in school zones or to look for young pedestrians. Failing to stop for flashing red lights, speeding in a school zone, or illegally passing a school bus can not only result in a big fine (and even some jail time), but you may end up injuring a child. Stay alert in school zones and nearby neighborhoods, especially during the hours of school.
Sign A Pledge for Safe and Sober Driving
Drunk driving continues to be a top contributing factor in fatal accidents throughout New York State. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Suffolk County had the most fatal alcohol-related accidents between 2011 and 2016.
While the majority of alcohol-related accidents occur during the late night and early morning hours, you or your loved ones could be involved in an accident caused by an impaired driver at any time of the day.
Signing to pledge to end drunk driving and committing to safe and sober driving can make drivers think twice before getting behind the wheel. Sign the pledge as a family and encourage friends, family members, and neighbors to do the same.
If you’re involved in an parent organization or one in your community, encourage everyone to take part in making a change to make the roads safer during the back to school season and year round.
About the Author:
Amy Patterson is an avid reader on trending topics and a freelance writer in her spare time. As a mother, she loves to write pieces on family and parenting, but also writes about health and fitness as well.