My regular readers know that I typically don’t talk about regular “life” stuff on my blog. Most of my life is kept in boxes – a box for business, a box for home, a box for parenting, etc. and I try to keep them as separate as possible. For the past three months the boxes have started to overlap – at least in my mind – because I’ve been giving more and more thought on how my business life is going to change once my son heads off to college.
Here are some of random things that have been running through my mind:
- What life lessons has he picked up from watching me run my business over the past six years?
- Why doesn’t he understand why I’m telling him it’s not worth getting into $200K of debt for school?
- Does he have the determination and motivation to keep going when things get tough in life?
Do you know what scares me the most?
Will he make smart decisions when it comes to driving?
I’ve lost several loved ones due to driving accidents – some involved alcohol, some didn’t. Driving is an integral part of so many people’s lives and when you live in a large metro area the odds of being involved in an accident are even higher. (here are some interesting stats on the most dangerous cities for alcohol related accidents)
I can’t help but to think of all of the new dangers today’s kids face due to how different things are from when I was learning how to drive as a kid. In my opinion one of the most significant change is how prevalent Smartphones are today.
How many of these things have distracted your own driving?
- Using GPS
- Answering the phone
- Reading or writing text messages
- Changing music/radio stations
- Personal grooming
- Turning your head to look at someone in the back
By no means is this even close to being all-inclusive – these are just some distractions that immediately come to my mind.
My son recently finished his driver’s ed class and I imagine they certainly covered safe driving. But teaching safe driving can’t just happen in class. As a parent, I’m “teaching” him every single time we are in the car together. I’ve always tried to be very conscientious that I’m modeling safe driving behavior, especially when it comes to my Smartphone.
Did you know?
Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15-to-20-year-olds in the United States, claiming more than 5,000 lives a year. Ford Driving Skills for Life was started back in 2003 to address this issue. Thousands of teens, parents, and educators have utilized the resources.
This is really scary! I’ll do anything to do my part in trying to prevent him becoming one of these sobering statistics.
I’d love to hear from other parents – what conversations, tools and resources have you used to teach your children about safe driving? If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the many resources available on Ford’s Driving Skills for Life site.
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