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sound advice from mostly sound people

October 21, 2009

wednesday i asked you, my interwebs family, for driving advice for kass. and you all came through! your advice was fantastic, funny, revealing and a bit concerning ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

here is what you gave us…

dont handle your car like one of those car rides at disneyland

if you dont have a family member who works for a traffic judge, then dont drive over the speed limit

come to a complete stop before making right hand turns at stop signs

if you think youre gonna hit something….aim for something soft and cheap

dont roll through stop signs or red lights – you might end up married if you do

always wear your seatbelt. start your music BEFORE you start driving. do NOT answer your phone. the call can wait!

dont hit a parked car

survey your surroundings to be aware of sudden movements you may have to make. keep both hands on the wheel. if you are faced with driving into a ditch or hitting fluffy….take out the fluff!

check the oil every time you fill up with gas

dont mess with your music while driving, or pick up something from the floor while at a stop with your foot on the break. and NO driving with friends…it is tooooo distracting

watch out for camrys, cherokees and towncars. apparently they target certain people.

practice driving in all situations and times of day. rain, snow, light, dark

When you realize you are not thinking about what youโ€™re doing, stop and think. “Iโ€™ll be riding along, enjoying the view, when all of a sudden it hits me that Iโ€™m not thinking about the road, the other cars, or (most importantly) my speed.” and always have a plan b – an out – be mindful that an accident can happen at any moment

“Remember, cars are not the only things that can be recalled by their makerโ€ฆ. ;) Drive safe!!!”

“Donโ€™t copy your parents when it comes to car maintenance. :)

practice night driving, a lot. avoid having friends in the car with you as long as you can. like….for yeeeears!

“If you lock your keys in the car call Donโ€™s Lockโ€™s.”

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23 Comments leave one →
  1. October 21, 2009 10:10 pm

    You missed an important one:

    Never drive through a Melbourne freeway tunnel while holding two mobile/cell phones to transfer data from one to the other while being followed by a police car!

    Save it till you are out of the tunnel and you’ll get a better upload rate. ๐Ÿ™‚

    <B

    • October 22, 2009 9:24 pm

      “Save it till you are out of the tunnel and youโ€™ll get a better upload rate.”

      brilliant!

      ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • October 23, 2009 1:32 am

        Tank-oo ๐Ÿ™‚

        Note to Kass: please don’t ever do this – even for the better upload rate!

        Both hands on wheel at ”10 to 2″ at ALL times while car is in motion!

        And mention to your Mom it might be the right time to get those blinkers fixed ๐Ÿ˜‰

        <B

      • October 23, 2009 1:34 am

        DANG! – that sweet girl to the right of my last comment really should NOT be driving yet!

        Just sayin’

        <B

  2. October 22, 2009 3:46 am

    Another one – if you take your shoes off to drive, make sure they don’t find their way under the brake pedal (yes, this actually happened while I was in the car my mad American cousin was driving)

    • October 22, 2009 9:25 pm

      that happened to me once. kinda scary ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  3. October 22, 2009 5:56 am

    I’m late to the party.

    Probably not a good idea to drive 2x the speed limit when a trooper is behind you…just sayin.

  4. Heidi permalink
    October 22, 2009 6:20 am

    I’m sorry I”m late to the party too!!

    1. Never eat a peanut butter & Jelly sandwhich while driving, it’s a sticky situation.

    2. When you drive in CA, drive fast, then even drive faster…

    • October 22, 2009 9:26 pm

      “2. When you drive in CA, drive fast, then even drive fasterโ€ฆ”

      sis! we’re trying to teach kass “good” driving skills ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. October 22, 2009 10:20 am

    Now, is that what I said?? Hmmm? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. October 22, 2009 12:52 pm

    ummmm….dont lock your keys in the trunk or while the car is running….i forgot those 2 very important ones!!

    • October 22, 2009 9:26 pm

      not even gonna ask.

      • October 25, 2009 1:04 pm

        oh no…you should. the trunk one is a funny story. and so is the while the car is running, but the trunk is the best. haha!

  7. October 22, 2009 12:57 pm

    oh yes, I second Heidi…sort of. Don’t eat while driving. I do it ALL THE TIME when I’m by myself and I’m amazed I’m still alive to admit to it. It’s dangerous and stupid. ๐Ÿ˜

    • October 22, 2009 9:27 pm

      when i was in high school my boyfriend was eating and driving and we got in an accident. i still have a scar on my forehead and a piece of loose something on the bridge of my nose.

      good times.

      not!

  8. October 23, 2009 12:10 pm

    And I’m really late to the party but joining anyway!! These are great…and from a mom who has now taught 2 teens to drive (and only 1 more–yeah!!)…good stuff here!!

    Oh, yeah, and if u see a car going in the wrong direction on a one-way street at u & u get in an accident & you’re talking on the phone to your very wealthy & high class realtor who’s selling your house….watch your language!! Not that it ever happened to me…am just sayin… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. October 23, 2009 12:11 pm

    btw—do I qualify as a ‘mostly sound people’?? it might be an upgrade!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. October 26, 2009 3:23 pm

    Get roadside assistance on your phone– if you’re with AT&T it’s $2.99/month and it follows your phone, so whether you’re driving your own car or riding with a friend, they will come tow you, get your car unlocked, fix your tire, give you a jump, whatever… for no additional fee. It pays for itself the first time you use it, basically.

    • October 26, 2009 3:38 pm

      that is a great idea, brooke! we’ll definitely be adding that..thanks!

  11. November 3, 2009 6:19 pm

    How bout ‘drive on the right …. err …. left side of the road’ for us Aussie visitors. Progress is so less …. hmmm …. dry.

    • November 3, 2009 8:34 pm

      well, she may “accidentally” do that anyway ๐Ÿ˜‰

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