June is National Drive Safe Month. While I know that I am definitely not the best driver, I am a defensive driver the majority of the time. It’s just that at times, I make mistakes in turning or pulling out because I am uncertain about the roads.
So, I obviously drive. The odd thing is, unlike most girls, as I grew, I was not anxious to start driving. Instead, I was actually scared to get behind the steering wheel of a car and driving on the roads. I did not know that much, but my parents had taught me the basics such as stopping at a stop sign and that a green light meant it was okay to go and a red light meant that it was okay to stop.
I was shocked at the time when I knew and 8-year-old whose father who was a police man let her drive out of the driveway and down the street at times! I could understand teaching a child in case of an emergency, but it was more often than just the teaching and maybe a review.
However, I found that it was more common for people to start learning about the rules of the road at a younger and younger age when I finally started driver’s education classes. I was the black sheep. I hadn’t driven a car. The only driving that I had ever done was on those racing Go Kart tracks.
I do not think that letting young children drive is a good idea. However, I do think that it is important that the rules of the road are learned. The one good thing that I can remember from when I was young was class that was held either at my preschool or a program for young children where there was a track with tricycles and it had a traffic light for us to learn the stop and go.
I think a great idea to celebrate National Drive Safe Month with children of all ages is to use tricycles or bicycles in a park or bike trail or another designated area where it is okay to ride to review what signs mean, review hand signals, review traffic lights, and other things such as what the lines on the roads mean.
I know that it is important for people to know these things because I’ve seen plenty of people that don’t. Sadly, it was common in Louisiana for parents to “teach” their children to drive and then driver’s education wasn’t required. Thus, was have a lot of people that still don’t understand the rules of the road or what traffic signs mean.
In fact, about once a week, I have somebody honk at me when I am stopped at a red light. About once a week, I also see somebody turn left from a lane with a clearly “no left turn” sign. I’m not certain why the police never seem to catch these people or are never in the areas where they seem to be needed. Yet, they are always in areas where I see them waiting for speeders and there are times that it is more than one in a very short area. This doesn’t make sense.
However, my short rant about the police is not important. It is important to learn about the rules or the road and also vehicle maintenance to be a safe driver. For young children, some even love going to places such as an oil change shop or a car wash. Take them there and help them to learn about vehicles if that is the case.
There are so many ways to celebrate National Drive Safe Month every single day of the month!