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DEFENSIVE, DISTRACTION- FREE BEHAVIORS While we don’t think of cars as deadly weapons, there’s no denying that automobiles are extremely dangerous. Think about it. A car is a multi-thousand-pound object capable of traveling in excess of 80 mph. For parents of young drivers, teaching your children the responsibility that comes with operating a vehicle is crucial. Chief among these responsibilities are to stay alert while behind the wheel and to drive defensively. The dangers of distracted driving should be made crystal clear to young drivers. While the term has gained popularity to discuss the dangers of using phones while driving, that’s not the only distraction facing those on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines distracted driving as “any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment, or navigation system — anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.” Research conducted by AAA found that roughly 60 percent of all accidents involving teens happened as a result of distracted driving. It only takes a moment of distraction to cause an accident, so you need to tell your teens that those text messages and Facebook posts can wait. “Keep your eyes on the road,” may be cliche advice, but it’s invaluable. Driving requires constant vigilance. When your child is behind the wheel, their only focus should be safely and lawfully arriving at their destination. Your teen should also be mindful that other drivers may also be distracted on the road. Teaching defensive driving tactics will allow them to react to the actions of other drivers. They should leave space between themselves and other vehicles, and never assume that they know how another vehicle will behave. Leaving a few extra seconds of reaction time can be the difference between a near miss and a serious wreck. Driving may be something we do every day, but that doesn’t mean it should be taken lightly. A thorough grasp of the dangers of distracted driving will provide your child with all the rationale they need to drive with complete attention on the task at hand. TEACH YOUR TEEN SAFE DRIVING HABITS
GREEN BEAN AND SESAME SALAD
• 3 cups green beans, ends trimmed • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
• 1 tablespoon olive oil • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
• Small bunch of fresh mint • Small bunch of flat-leaf parsley • Salt and pepper, to taste
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