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    Posted January 12, 2014 by
    Harbor Beach, Michigan
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Talking to teens: Driving

    Teenage Drivers


    As a parent, you know the day will arrive when your child starts drivers training and sits behind the wheel for the first time. It's an overwhelming feeling especially driving in Michigan with snow, ice, drifts, deer, etc... How do you express the importance of driving to a teenager? I've taken what some might think is weird but was shown to me when I started driving by my parents. They drove me to the local cementary to talk to me.  I work for a great company (Dow Chemical-Dow Agrosciences) in the Safety & Health field. We use visual aids everyday. When my daughter and nieces started drivers training, the first place I took them was also to the local cemetery. I had them drive in and stop and shut the car off to look around. At that moment, I gave them the concerned parent/uncle speech. "This is it. If you screw up,by not wearing seatbelt, drink and drive, text, get distracted by music or friends, it's over! No second chances, no excuses, no retakes, no do-overs, no goodbyes. Dead." It's a scary thought, but it's reality. It's the only way I could give a visual at the same time discussing the concerns and worries of a parent. It's the defining moment your child becomes a young adult. It's a lot of responsibility being a driver. It's a privilege.

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