My Driving Story @Toyota #TeenDrive365 #ad

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Believe it or not, the first time I went out driving was when I was only 13 years old. My Dad, who was a Correction Officer at the time, knew the perfect place for me to learn how to drive. That place was Hunts Point, NY. The reason he chose that spot was the long roads and minimal traffic. The only part I hated were the tractor-trailers that would go by. They were humongous, loud and very intimidating.  I was terrified but yet very eager to drive so I learn to ignore them eventually. I dreamed about having my first car at 16 thanks to all those Car & Driver magazines I would “read.” I wanted a hot pink, fast convertible. Sigh…

Listen, a girl can dream! Obviously I never fulfilled that dream but I did get to buy my first car at 19. A pretty nice 4-door car in black. Loved it!

My Dad taught me everything a girl needed to know about driving. Like how to keep the wheel straight, how to keep my hands on the “10″ and the “2”, always look in my mirrors and, of course, how to parallel park. He was such a patient “instructor.” Every mistake I made, he would always say, “that’s OK Lisa, try again.”

We would go driving every other week. If it were left to me, we would’ve gone every week but I guess my Dad figured I would lose interest or something. Nope — not at all. I wanted to drive everywhere! I even wanted to drive on the Bronx River Parkway which he said “Oh no – not yet! You still have a long way to go.” Eventually, I drove on the parkway and I loved every second of it. I felt free like a bird.

I knew I was born to drive. Funny thing is that I finally got my driver’s license at 19 years old. I was afraid of that road test but the first time I took it, I passed! I was beyond ecstatic!

Now my son is 18 and I guess you can say like mother, like son. He has yet to get his driver’s license. He’s got his permit and we take him driving every now and then but being that there are so many teen drivers out on the roads that are careless and still text and drive (I’ve seen it!); I want him to take full advantage of the Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinic first before he’s on the road by himself.

Safety first!

It’s easy and it’s completely FREE! Sign up for the #TeenDrive365 Safety Clinic at a Toyota dealer near you!

This FREE 2.5 hour non-driving interactive session provides both pre-driver and new-driver teens, as well as their parents, a beyond basics approach to road safety. It includes car care tips, coaching techniques and other practical tools in a safe, non-sales environment. Families participate in hands-on activities in class and around the car to promote safe-driving behavior.

This interactive clinic will cover topics such as:

• Defensive driving “universal truths” and best practices
• Understanding your vehicle’s performance dynamics
• Dangerous driving distractions and how to avoid them
• Car operations, safety features and basic maintenance fundamentals
• Communication and coaching tips for parents and teens
• Mutual driving agreements for pre-driver/new-driver teens and their parents

Sign up here TODAY!! Classes are filling up quick!


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