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Here is a free printable that will give parents piece of mind as their young driver heads back to school.
It’s that time of year when young drivers are polishing up their new wheels to show off to their friends when they return to school. My son has been working all summer to save for his first car. He plans on getting an old C3 Corvette. He can’t wait to polish it up and take it on a road trip. Do you remember your first car? I have fond memories of mine. It was a 1981 Convertible Volkswagen Rabbit. I spend many hours driving around Southern California in that car.
Now that I am a parent of two young adult drivers, I know what my parents must have been feeling when I was behind the wheel. I can still hear my dad saying, “Lock your doors.” I always did, even in a convertible. “Always wear your seat belt!” Which is funny because in the years before me driving, we just played around in the back of our Suburban with no belts in sight when we drove to San Diego for vacation. “Drive with your hands at 10 & 2.” Nowadays the recommendation is to keep your hands at 9 & 3. I find myself saying those things, as well as others to my boys.
My younger son is still working toward getting his license. Illinois is one of the toughest states for teen drivers. These strict driving laws require that the teen log 50 hours of practice driving with a responsible adult over 21, ten of which have to be at night. If you live close to school, pool, work, and shopping like we do, it’s tough to get that time in. My son is also required to get 30 hours of classroom training and six hours behind the wheel with a certified instructor. Both of those are available through the school.
While these prepare students to be good drivers, I still worried about having my kid out on the road driving. He’s not ready to go solo yet, and I’m concerned about the other young drivers and distracted drivers in general. Our oldest lives in another state and I still remind him to drive safe and put his phone down. Don’t even get me started on people using their phones while driving!
Since I won’t always be there to keep my sons safe behind the wheel, I have created a young driver checklist to serve as a reminder to drive smart. I am offering this as a free download that can be printed and displayed in the car for the driver to go though before putting the car in gear. This is aimed at new drivers, but it serves as a good reminder for us all.
Download – You can access the image to download here. Right click Save image as… to download.
Print – I suggest that you print on the best quality possible.
Crop – Cut the checklist out along the outside edge of the black and yellow.
Laminate – If you aren’t able to laminate, put the checklist into a sandwich bag with a zipper closure.
Punch Hole – Punch a hole in the upper left side of checklist/sandwich bag.
Clip – Pull the clip part off the badge id clip and open the book ring.
Attach – Put the book ring through the holes in the clip and checklist and close.
Put in Car – Attach the clip to the bottom of the air vent so that it is visible to the driver.
Those young drivers want to make a good impression when they return to campus, and they can do so with Outlast products by Armor All. Here my husband is showing my son how to use the Outlast Tire Glaze on my minivan.
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What was your first car? Do you have any tales about it to share?