When I become a mom, all of a sudden, safety took on a new meaning for me. I was reckless when I was a teen and was in over 17 car accidents, had 5 speeding tickets, and cannot take any more court classes to forgive the points on my license. Once my driving record was 7 pages long! Now I am 41, a mother of 3 boys, and have a clean driving record now. I love my truck and want to make sure I can use it to see the world one campsite at a time. I didn’t realize the value of a good vehicle, clean record or driving safe when I was young. How that changes when you have kids and/or mature!
When my oldest son started to drive, I was so freaked out (still am) when he gets behind the wheel. I know there are people who drive like I used to out there, so I have reason to worry! I talked about 10 ways to drive safe (or how not to hit a train) in my last post about safe driving because this is a subject that hits home with me. Hopefully, after sharing this information with my son, a little might sink in. On Sept 3, 2014, 18536 people joined together to take the pledge to drive safer. I was one of them as you can see by my pledge below! It’s never too late to pledge to drive safer, and it is a GREAT PLACE to send your new teen drivers. Go ahead and take the pledge today. You can see all the results from the pledge on Progressive’s Drive Safe Today Day page.
I grabbed a few facts from the site and listed them below.
- Ohio made the most pledges.
- The only states not pledging were Wyoming & Hawaii – so watch out when driving there!
- It is no longer 10 and 2 o’clock position like I learned in Drivers Ed. You should place your hands at 9 and 3 because most cars we drive have an air bag which deploys at 150 to 250 mph. I think you would want your arms out of the way right?!
- It is the least safest to drive during evening rush hour.
- Saturday is the worst day to drive.
- Summer is the worst season.
- July 4 is the worst holiday to drive. I know this one from experience. My cousin was killed by a drunk driver on this day.
You can keep all the times above in mind when you drive, but the best way to keep safe on the road is to drive defensively and to pay attention to the road.
What bad driving habits would you give up?
I’ve teamed up with Progressive for their Drive Safe Today Day initiative. Although I’ve been compensated for my post, the thoughts and ideas are my own.