The newspaper headline said, “Get your teen’s attention when teaching the dangers of distracted driving” but after I read the article, I knew it was for ALL drivers–teens and adults. The author stated that there are three types of distractions for teen drivers; visual–actions that require you to take your eyes off the road, manual–actions that require you to take your hands off the steering wheel, and cognitive–actions that take your mind off driving. These apply to adults too. So make a pact with your parents or adult mentors to keep each other accountable to follow the rules below.
Here are ten tips to read and share with ALL the drivers in your life.
- Keep both hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road. (use your mirrors) My husband always told me to hold the steering wheel at ten o’clock and two o’clock.
- Avoid cell phone use–Cell phones are the number one distraction for teenage drivers. Cell phone use falls under the category of visual, manual, and cognitive distractions. Mobile technology has made texting, surfing the web, and social networking too assessable.
- Don’t use your phone for anything at all. Pull over when it is safe and be sure it is somewhere you can park.
- Do not eat and drink while driving.
- Do not have lengthy or involved discussions with passengers.
- Do not apply makeup, work on your hair, or try to arrange clothing.
- Do not read–including PDA’s and GPS units.
- Do not search for directions on a map.
- Never watch a video.
- Do not change the radio station, CD, or MP3 player.
Why can’t I look like her? I’m nothing special. Guys don’t notice me, girls look down at me, and all the adults think I’m “so adorable” (blech).
Hold it girly! I don’t like where that train of thought is headed! Let’s back up a bit.
In this day and age “pretty” is a very dangerous term. Yes, I said dangerous. The truth is many people see beauty as the girls on the magazine covers or the movie screen. What we need to realize is that they have a make-up crew, costume crew, personal hairstylist, and a person trainer. Plus, many magazine covers show the girl after editing to make her look skinnier.
I know what you’re thinking: So, that still doesn’t change that I’m nothing special. Wrong, you are special! “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” God is VERY special, don’t you agree? Well, God made us in His own image. Saying that we aren’t anything special is like saying God isn’t anything special. It shouldn’t be said because it’s just a lie.
Still refusing to believe me? Try this one: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; you works are all wonderful, I know that full well.” What King David is trying to say here is that all of God’s works are wonderful. You can agree on that one, can’t you? Well, we are God’s works too. That means we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Don’t argue, it’s in the Bible!)
I’m Haley Faye Snyder. I’ve lived in the same Christian home in Kentucky since I was born. I have one little brother and two loving parents. I go to Westport Baptist church and have my whole life. I accepted Christ into my heart when I was six and then re-committed my life to Him when I was 11 at Boones Creek Baptist Camp. (read more…)