Essay Contest 2015 – Speak Up About Safe Driving: Ten Tips for Teen Drivers

Name: Allison Christine Dona
From: Bend, Oregon
Grade: Freshman in College
School: Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon https://honors.uoregon.edu/

Speak Up About Safe Driving: Ten Tips for Teen Drivers

  • How can you
    politely ask them NOT to text while driving and to drive responsibly
    yet not look like the proverbial geeky, unpopular young adult
    driver?

This first method of
asking a friend to drive responsibly is inspired by my (otherwise
very smart) friend in high school who tailgated horribly.

  1. Hey (friends
    name) you might want to give that car a little more room. I saw
    someone get pulled over here yesterday.


The first method can be adapted for any kind of unsafe driving. For
example, if someone is speeding, you could say

  1. Hey (friends
    name) you might want to slow down. I saw someone get pulled over on
    this street yesterday.

These methods could
be used for someone who is trying to change the music on the phone or
the radio.

  1. Hey it’s my
    turn to choose the music! You picked last time

Or

  1. Have you heard
    that new song by (artist name here)? Let me show you.

These methods could
be used if someone is texting and driving.

  1. Don’t text
    him back that fast! You don’t want him to think/know that you like
    him. Wait until we get to (desired location).

  2. Don’t worry
    about it I will text (friends name). It will give me something to
    do.

  3. Lets call
    (friends name) instead! I’ll put it on speaker.

  4. (Friends name)
    is such a slow texter anyways. Lets just wait to text (him/her)
    back.

  5. Pictures never
    turn out as well when you’re driving. Lets pull over to get a
    better one.

  6. Wait to go on
    Instagram until we get there. It will give us something to do.

Essay Contest 2015 – Speak Up About Safe Driving: Ten Tips for Teen Drivers
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