To say our son, Michael, loves cars is an understatement. In fact, he shares his love for cars with his son, Jude. Jude frequently asks us the name of our cars. Not the given name, but the type of car. He knows the different models, their names, and even their engine type; and he is only four-years-old! When Michael was a little boy he would line up his cars (toy size) and play with them for hours. Now, as an adult, Michael still enjoys lining up his cars (full size) and playing with them with his son Jude.

When we asked Michael about naming his cars, he responded, “Cars are more than the sum of their parts. They can make you feel things if you let them. They have their own personalities and characteristics. Quirks and odd things. Some even look like they have faces. Cars are a form of functional art that get you and your loved ones there safely and back again. They deserve a name!”

Here are a few of our car names: Pearl, George Lucas, The Pink Lady, Henrietta, Pete, and Re-Pete.

Last year our oldest grandson turned 16 years old. We sent him the book Everything New Drivers Need to Know but Don’t Know to Ask. This month our second grandson will turn 16 and get his drivers license. Do you remember when your oldest child started driving? It’s a little nerve racking! As grandparents, what can we do to help our children and grandchildren be safe on the road?

An IDEA to keep grandkids safe while playing outside is a Caution Go Slow Children At Play Sign. Grandpa Bob and Grandma Connie have one, which they’ve named Steve. They live on a busy residential street. When the grandkids are out front, Steve is out on the road to remind drivers to slow down and drive with caution.

Grandpa Bob’s counsel for all drivers, especially new drivers, when behind the steering wheel of a car you are no longer in a hurry, and a car is not a toy. Good advice!

Tips for Parents ~ Here we give you a few pointers on teaching your kid(s) to drive and how to be a good example, how to draw up a β€œteen driving contract”, tracking your kid’s progress, and what safety products they may need to keep in the car.

Safety Tips from TEENDRIVING.COM

  • Always obey the speed limit and traffic laws, and always wear seat belts. They should make sure any passengers are buckled up as well.
  • Let you know when they are coming and going.
  • Never use cell phones while driving. This is incredibly important to stress to them.
  • Never engage in drinking or drug use. Always be vigilant in watching for signs of alcohol or drug use by your kids. Driving while impaired is one of the leading causes of death in car accidents. The contract should state that teens are not allowed to drink and drive, have alcohol in the car, or even be a passenger in a car with a driver who has been drinking or using drugs. Make sure that they know they can always call you to come get them if they get stranded at a gathering.
  • Don’t drive with friends in the car for a while. We suggest that teens not be allowed to drive with friends or even younger siblings in the car for the first six to twelve months of having their license, unless an adult is also in the car. Friends or siblings can be huge distractions.
  • Have a curfew. Night driving is especially difficult for a new driver, and more accidents happen in the 9:00 pm and 2:00 am time frame than during the daylight hours. Set realistic curfews, but also tell teens that if they are running late, it’s always better to drive safely than speed to make up the minutes.

#GoodGrandma #Grandma #GoodGrandmaDotCom #GivingGrandmasGoodIdeas #Nana #Papa #Grandpa #Granny #Grandkids #GrandParenting #FunGrandma #Grandchildren #GoodIdeas #NameYourCar #NewDriversSafety #TeenageDrivers

Subscribe to Receive Weekly Updates

Subscribe to Receive Weekly Updates

We would love to have you on our mailing list!

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Scroll to Top