8 Simple Rules for My Teenage Driver

8 Simple Rules for My Teen Driver. Being prepared isn't just about big emergencies but for everyday life, too!

Being prepared isn’t just about big emergencies but for everyday life, too! In fact, it’s about our everyday life that is about to change drastically in our household. You see, our oldest son is about to start driving.

As a mom, I’m torn. YAY! Someone else can run the small errands or take a turn at driving on the big trips. But it’s my baby. My first born. My wee boy getting behind the wheel of a death machine — and growing up much too fast.

We’ve talked long and hard with our boys since they were old enough to understand about the safety and responsibility of driving. And now that it’s time for him to begin the task of learning for himself, we’ve set up

8 Simple Rules for Our New Teen Driver

Don’t Drive Distracted

This covers a multitude of sins, but the idea is that he’s not to drive with those things that keep him from paying full attention to the road. NO texting, no phone, no messing around with the radio, no rowdy kids in the car, nothing that will keep him from paying full attention to the task at hand, to keep him, his passengers and others on the road safe.

Enough said. Even spending a little too much time fiddling with your radio can end up like this.

Don’t Drive Impaired

We define impaired as anything that makes your body incapable of giving full attention to the road. This includes drinking, drugs (even prescription), sleepiness and make sure you are using whatever assistance devices you need (glasses, etc.). Just don’t do it.  And don’t get into cars with friends who are impaired. If they won’t relinquish the steering wheel, get somewhere safe and call us. If you’re out and impaired, we’ll come get you, no questions asked tonight. Tomorrow, we’ll likely kick your butt, but at least the butt will be safely at home and not wrapped around a telephone pole.

Never Leave Unprepared 

Make sure you have at least half a tank of gas, the tires are full, your emergency pack ready to go. Don’t drive around on almost no gas, and don’t keep thinking you can wait til the next day to fill up your tires. That’s how you get flats.

Learn How to Do Maintenance

Never begin driving until you have learned on how to do some basics of car maintenance and repair. You’ll have to learn how to change a tire, charge a battery, do simple maintenance. Learn how to pump gas on your own, and fill the oil/radiator. If you’re really into it, learn how to change your own oil and other light maintenance.

Obey the Traffic Laws

Don’t start getting goofy on the highway or thinking you can beat a light. Be safe. And more likely than not, you own’t have to deal with the police, either. And please, if you have missed your turn, PLEASE just go to the next exit or light. It isn’t worth the risk.

Situational Awareness

Don’t park your car in a dark corner, check to make sure no one is behind, inside or under, don’t pick up strangers (we’ve had talks about God-inspired service), don’t leave your valuables out in the car, watch for the weather and know when to call an outing off, don’t get into cars with people you don’t know. Don’t give in to road rage, and don’t antagonize someone into it.

Know What to Do in the Case of an Emergency

If you’ve had a wreck, make sure you and your passengers are okay, make sure the other drivers are okay. Pull your car off to the side of the road if you can. Call 9-11. Administer first aid that you’ve been trained to do if you feel safe doing it. Call us.

Call for Help

If you’re going to be changing your itenerary, if you’re in trouble, if you’ve had a wreck, if you’re not wanting to ride home with someone altered, call home. You’ll never get in trouble for calling. Ever.

Oh, and son? No girls in the car alone, ever :D Love, Mom.

And for the parents. Model the kind of behavior you expect your kids to have when they begin driving. If you’re  a wild, mad, texting, crazy driver, chances are your kids are going to be, too.

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8 Simple Rules for My Teen Driver. Being prepared isn't just about big emergencies but for everyday life, too!

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Katy Willis is a writer, lifelong homesteader, and master herbalist, master gardener, and canine nutritionist. Katy is a preparedness expert and modern homesteader practicing everyday preparedness, sustainability, and a holistic lifestyle.

She knows how important it is to be prepared for whatever life throws at you, because you just never know what's coming. And preparedness helps you give your family the best chance to thrive in any situation.

Katy is passionate about living naturally, growing food, keeping livestock, foraging, and making and using herbal remedies. Katy is an experienced herbalist and a member of the CMA (Complementary Medical Association).

Her preparedness skills go beyond just being "ready", she's ready to survive the initial disaster, and thrive afterward, too. She grows 100% organic food on roughly 15 acres and raises goats, chickens, and ducks. She also lovingly tends her orchard, where she grows many different fruit trees. And, because she likes to know exactly what she's feeding her family, she's a seasoned from-scratch cook and gluten-free baker.

Katy teaches foraging and environmental education classes, too, including self-sufficient living, modern homesteading, seed saving, and organic vegetable gardening.

Katy helps others learn forgotten skills, including basic survival skills and self-reliance.

She's been published on sites such as MSN, Angi, Home Advisor, Family Handyman, Wealth of Geeks, Readers Digest, and more.

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