Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tell About It Tuesday -- Driving Contract

Well, I made it for one week!  Last week I actually managed to post something five days in a row.  But, alas, I failed to get a Monday Mourning post up yesterday.  Last night was our monthly Anchor of Hope support group meeting, and those meeting days are always very busy.  By the time we got in at 9:30 last night, I just didn't have the mental stamina to formulate a coherent post.  So, check in next Monday for a new Monday Mourning post.

As you know if you follow this blog, Bethany turned sixteen a couple of weeks ago, and is now a legal driver.  And let me stop here and thank all of you who have prayed for and asked about Bethany since I wrote about her health issues last week.  We went back to the doctor yesterday and had more labs drawn.  All of her numbers looked much better, with only one liver count still above normal.  We are still waiting for some of her tests to come in, and we still don't know if she has mono or Lyme Disease, but whichever it is, she's getting better, and that's all that really matters.  We'll go back again next week and they will check her again, but we can tell she's going to be just fine.  So again, thank you for your concern.

Anyway, back to her becoming a driver.  As her birthday approached, we decided to create a "driving contract"...something to help keep her accountable as she took on this huge responsibility of driving.  I thought I would share it with you here, just in case someone you love is about to be turned loose behind the wheel.  Here's what we came up with....

Driving Contract

1. Absolutely no texting or talking on the phone while driving. If you must talk or text, pull over in a safe location to do it.

2. Text us whenever you’re changing locations (before you start driving!).

3. Always be where you say you are.

4. No more than one friend in the car at any time.

5. Drive with two hands on the wheel at all times.

6. As long as your grades are all A’s and B’s, we will pay for your gas. If any grade should drop to a C at any time, we will stop paying for gas until it is raised back to a B or higher.

7. You must always be home by your appointed curfew.

8. Because we love you, we will require you to follow the terms of this contract or lose your driving privileges.

I made two copies of the contract and all three of us signed and dated it.  One copy stays in the glove compartment of Bethany's car, and we kept the other one.  Hopefully, this will help keep both her and the other drivers on the road safe.  Feel free to personalize this contract for your own child or grandchild and use it! 


Missi said...

My daughter turned 16 in March so I understand totally. I believe you live in AR (we do) if so #1 & #4 is state law. We have our daughter turn her phone to silent or off before driving so that she isn't tempted in any way shape form to answer while driving.

Jill Sullivan said...

Yes, Missi, you're right...Those are state laws here in Arkansas! And I'm so glad they are. Puts a little more strength behind the enforcement of these items! :-)