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    Posted January 2, 2014 by
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    Talking to teens: Driving

    TEEN DRIVING TIP - MY TEEN DRIVING TO AND FROM THE EAGLES "SNOWBOWL" GAME

     
    As an early Christmas present, we got our 17-year-old daughter, Juliette, and 15-year-old son, Jake, tickets to the Philadelphia Eagles game on December 8, 2013. I purchased the tickets on Friday the 6th, after looking at the weather forecast, which called for less than an inch of accumulation, and the snow to start after 3 p.m. or so. So I figured it would be safe for our daughter, who has not yet driven in the snow, to take her brother (a die-hard Eagles fan) to the game . Just to be extra safe, I had her take my 2013 Ford Explorer with 4-wheel drive instead of her 2007 BMW 328.

    As they pulled away from our Burlington County home at 11 a.m. to head to the game, there were a few snow flurries starting to fall. I assured our daughter that the weather should be fine and not to worry!!!!! Well, we all know that the weather forecasts were all wrong and we were slammed with over 8 inches of snow in Philadelphia and up to a foot in other areas. I remember the call from our son about 45 minutes after they left, asking "Juliette wants to know how to turn on the 4-wheel drive in your car? It's really snowing hard!!!!"

    My husband and I were in shock as we watched the start of the game on television and saw the conditions on the field and the roads. We were nervous and worried throughout the rest of the day until our teens made it home.

    They got home safely (THANK GOODNESS), and our daughter said she drove safely and confidently (even her brother who can be more nervous said she drove really well). This was the first real snow we've had since our daughter had her driver's license, and we would never have allowed her to drive to and from the game if we knew how bad the storm was going to be. But she and her brother had a great day overall watching a fun, crazy Eagles win. It was a memorable day overall, and one they will never forget.

    HOW WE COPED: I must have updated my daughter's cell phone location using "Track my iPhone" at least 200 times, to see where they were at all times! I could tell when they left the game and which roads they took home. This helped with the anxiety.

    TIP: After our daughter got her permit last year, we made sure she drove a lot with us in the car, especially on highways and in traffic, during the day and in the dark, and in the rain also. We taught her to always stay calm; never be in a hurry (you will get there when you get there); stay off your phone; and always keep a safe distance from the car ahead of you. Those experiences and constant reminders of safe driving definitely helped her drive over the bridge and on I-95 in the snow.


    GO EAGLES!

    Katie Stockton
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