It’s important to set a good example and encourage your peers to drive safely. One of the ways I do this is whenever my friends are in the car with me, I always tell them to “be safe and make sure you buckle up.” It may not seem like it has a huge impact to some, but it does; a simple statement like this every time my friends get in my car, reminds them there’s no excuse for not buckling up.
I’m a member of the SADD club at my school which also participates in YOVASO programs and campaigns. One of the ways our club encourages safe driving and passenger safety in between YOVASO campaigns is by displaying posters with simple reminders to buckle up, slow down, and avoid distractions. We also do announcements to remind our peers to be safe when driving or riding in a car.
No matter how small or elaborate your efforts, you and the students at your school can have an impact on your peers by setting a good example for safe driving. Remember, it only takes one person!
PS: Seat belts save lives so make buckling a priority when you get in the car and others will too!
Submitted by Emma Sorrells, student at Stuarts Draft High School and member of YOVASO’s Youth Advisory Council