Tips For Driving ARRIVE ALIVE!!!

Yes!!! You have arrived. You’ve passed your drivers’ examination with flying colors. You’ve spent hours studying, maybe even took a driver’s education course, and now the time has finally come. You are a licensed driver on the streets and highways where you live! Congratulations!

DRIVING ISN'T JUST ABOUT YOUR SWAG OR IMPRESSING YOUR FRIENDS...

DRIVING IS A PRIVILEGE THAT COMES WITH RESPONSIBILITIES!

"You are driving a no less that 1500 pound bullet."

After all the excitement of being a licensed driver has died down. It’s time to look at the responsibilities of driving. Always remember you are driving a no less than 1500 pound projectile. One serious way to look at it is; “You are driving a no less that 1500 pound bullet. Used in the wrong way, the car you drive can be pleasurable or fatal, depending on how you use it. It's up to you.

STOPPING DISTANCE

You need to always mind your speed. Here's why...

Here is a breakdown of how much distance you cover at various speeds:

A football field is 360 feet long from end zone to end zone.

35mph/52 feet per second - equal to 17.1 yards in one second.

55mph/81 feet per second - equal to 27 yards in one second.

70mph/103 feet per second - equal to 34.1 yards in one second.

SAFETY TIPS

DO NOT TEXT & DRIVE

Texting and driving is a distraction and it can kill!

This a reenactment of a traffic accident caused by a distracted driver who was texting.

Ms. Marks talks about the consequences of texting and driving that she lives through everyday.

OBEY TRAFFIC LAWS

Especially speed limits. Look at the stopping distance above again. These are facts and neglecting these facts can cost you your life.

Take a few seconds before pulling off to check your rear and side view mirrors. Make sure you will be able to see other cars in the lanes beside and behind you.

Make sure you buckle your seatbelt. Not only is it the law, it will save your life.

Too much reclining in your car hinders your line of sight and reaction time. I’ve seen some young people nearly lying down while driving…really???

It’s a good idea to hold the steering wheel at the 9 and 3 o’clock position in case you’re in an accident and the airbags pop. Airbags can cause serious injury to your hands because they pop with great force.

Never take for granted that other drivers will obey traffic laws or they will see you. Always anticipate other drivers pulling out in front of you or merging into your lane.

Move your eyes left to right, looking in your mirrors. Do this to check for escape routes in case someone comes over in your lane or pulls out in front of you.

For more driving tips, go to Teen Driving Tips. Drive Safe! Arrive Alive!!!

Published by R.A.R.E. Youth Ministries

Special Thanks to Dr. Ian Johnston, Rigby High Schools Student Council and Liz Marks for sharing the videos used in this publication.

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