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Teen Driver Safety: Getting to School Safely (And on Time)

Teen Driver Safety: Getting to School Safely (And on Time)You’ve hit your snooze button 10 times to many, and now you’re late to school! While your immediate reaction may be to hurry to school in a chaotic panic, that is a terrible idea.

We may all be late at times. But when being late turns into a pattern, it’s time to take action. If you’re chronically tardy, understanding your “lateness personality type” can help you to determine how you can change being late to being on-time or early.

Time management expert Diana DeLonzor was suspended three times during junior high school for tardiness. She decided to help herself and others struggling with being late. She identified different types of “late” personality and created ways for each to overcome the problem.

Diana DeLonzor’s Seven Types of Late Personalities

  1. Rationalizers: tend to blame outside influences (traffic, family members, personal problems).
  2. Producers: are always busy and squeeze more than is possible into their day.
  3. Deadliners: enjoy the suspense of running late and deadline pressure.
  4. Indulgers: procrastinate and put off duties.
  5. Rebels: resist authorities and rules.
  6. Absent-minded: easily distracted and forgetful.
  7. Evader: anxiety and fear-based (worried, clothing, hair or tests).

Tips and Tactics to Be on Time

Late people tend to have unrealistic ideas of how long it takes to do anything. Here are some tips that work for any of the seven late personality types:

  • Travel Time: If your school is 4 miles away, you may think it takes 4 minutes to drive there. Even in perfect traffic, this is impossible. Use your mobile phone or computer-based traffic app to show you how long it will take to get to school. Leave at least five minutes before the time the app indicates you should leave.
  • How Long Does Getting Ready Take?: Keep a notepad by you and write down how long it takes to do your usual morning activities. Include brushing teeth, getting dressed, and eating breakfast. Combine the time for each activity, and then add another five to ten minutes.
  • Determine Your Load Time:After you’ve added up all the steps needed to get ready, combine this time with the longest amount of time it could take you to get to school. Subtract this from the time you have to be at school, and you will have your “load time,” the hour and minute you have to get out of the house and into your car.
  • Add Extra Time: Even though you’ve done everything perfectly, unforeseen circumstances can still intervene. An extra-rainy day can put obstacles on the road. An accident could occur in your school parking lot. Road construction could slow traffic more than expected.

One of the simplest tactics to be on time is setting your home and car clocks 10, 15, or 20 minutes fast. Whichever tactic you choose, the best way to get to school safely and on time involves thinking ahead and taking action to be timely instead of tardy.

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