We were all one at some point . So it stands to reason that we know just what they are capable of. Yes, I’m talking about teenagers and pre-teens. They are a raging time bomb of hormones and inexplicability. If memory serves correct, I was pretty unpredictable and unruly. My parents put a lot of trust in me using common sense to keep myself from serious bodily harm or trouble with the law. They did however offer a few guidelines if you will, along with a few nuggets of hard earned wisdom to help me on my way. So here I am to pass on to you the summer safety tips, that kept me on two feet and free as a bird.
Sometimes The Hardest Choice Is The Right Choice
- Communicate: I know it’s not always the coolest thing to keep in touch with parents. But when you you venture out on your own it is always a good idea to let someone know where you’re going and the times you think you’ll be there. It doesn’t have to the parents, but let some one know for safety’s sake. They’re called accidents for a reason.
- Buddy Up: No matter where you go, traveling in pairs is always a good idea, even if it’s just to the movies. Remember there’s always safety in numbers.
- It’s Ok To Say No: Peer pressure is tough. That’s the nicest way I can put it too. Personally, I’ve never been one to follow the pack. But if you’re being egged on to do some thing you don’t want to do, it’s ok to just walk away.
- Have a way out: This one is for the parents. Make it easy for your kids to make the hard but right choices. Offer amnesty to them for calling you as their way out of a bad scene, even if it’s one they knew they weren’t supposed to be in. This builds trust and makes it easier for them to make the right choices.
- Stop and Think: If something seems like a bad idea, it probably is. Use common sense especially on the road, and you’ll be around long enough to pass on your hard earned wisdom someday.The Allstate Foundation is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary for it’s signature program, Teen Safe Driving. The summer months are the deadliest for teen drivers, and Allstate continues the battle to improve on the safety of our teen drivers.
The Allstate Foundations #GetThereSafe campaign is out generate awareness promote safe driving practices among teens and pre teens. As a teen I was involved in an accident that would have killed me if I had not had my seatbelt on, and I was just 15 years old. Accidents can happen at any time, no matter how good of a driver you think you are, chances are there is someone out there not paying attention that could hit you. Always be on the defensive when you are driving and always wear your seatbelt. Those are the two most important safety tips for being behind the wheel this summer, besides the obvious, DON’T DRINK & DRIVE!!
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What advise do you give your teens before they hit the road on their own?