A favorite story my mother loves to tell is when I got my driver’s license and drove off in the car by myself for the first time. She talks about standing in the driveway with tears in her eyes. I asked, “Why are you crying? I’m just headed to the store.” She replied, “Oh it’s not that.. it’s just that you’re growing up and getting ready to leave!”
I laugh about that now because as the mother of one licensed driver and another on the way, I know exactly what she was feeling.
It’s not just the idea that they are about to leave; it’s all the STUFF that is out there.. some good.. some not so much.
I am happy to report that, at least with the first driver, none of the bad stuff has happened and, though I chewed my cuticles to the nubs, I am fairly certain she could handle an emergency that came her way.
Do you feel the same way about your kids, be they drivers or passengers in a car?
OnStar® knows the best defense is a good offense, so keeping kids safe starts with arming them with knowledge. I know sometimes as parents we don’t like to talk about scary stuff, preferring instead to think that if we don’t mention it, it won’t happen. That’s simply not the case.
Talking about emergencies in a calm manner prepares our children in the event they do. But how do you go about that?
OnStar® has been on the forefront of safety and technology for almost 20 years. Now they have created an eBook, designed to help kids know just what to do in the event of a vehicle emergency.
You can click here to download the eBook which covers things like what information to give a 911 operator, how to handle common road emergencies, when to stay in the car and when to get out as well as myriad other topics.
It’s definitely worth downloading and sharing with your kids no matter their age. And even though mine are already behind the wheel, we’ve gone over the information more than once.
Check it out for a little piece of mind and maybe the tears won’t flow as your kid pulls out of the driveway for the first time.
So tell me parents of older kids, how did you do when your kids drove off for the first time? And if you haven’t experiences that yet, is it something you are dreading?
Oh and don’t forget to join us for the Twitter party where you can learn more about #KeepingKidsSafe
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Disclosure: I am working with She Buys Cars and was compensated for this post. All opinions are my own