Mentoring Behind the Wheel

By Bill Snyder
Do I complete my chores or just continue to lie around the house?    Homework or Facebook? Should I play X-box or study for that math test tomorrow?  We are just going down the block; do I really need my seat belt?  These are the kind of choices and challenges that our young people face every day. While the answer to some of these choices seems trivial, others can be the difference between life and death. 
Whether we are a parent, guardian, teacher, older sibling or just a friend, we must realize that those younger than us will emulate what we do.  If we are constantly watching TV and avoiding our responsibilities, the people watching us will do the same.  If we get in a vehicle and fail to put on our seat belt, no matter how far we are going, those watching us will likely think that is an acceptable behavior. If we are texting and driving, some might say, “Hey, if they do it, why can’t I?”

Traffic crashes are the number one killer of youngsters in Kansas. 

Every day we are faced with many challenges and choices found behind the wheel. No matter the length of the trip, always wear your seatbelt, and don’t start the vehicle until everyone else is buckled.  Avoid distractions, never text and drive, and pull over to a safe location to make or receive that phone call. Never drink and drive, or ride in a car with a driver who has been drinking.
By following the rules of the road, you will encourage young people to make the right decisions and show that driving requires full and undivided attention.  You can be a good mentor and have a tremendous influence on the youth of our community and the loved ones in your life.
Bill Snyder is the Kansas State University Head Football Coach


  1. Anonymous9/26/2012

    Being a good role model, whether it's on the field or behind the wheel, is so very important. It's the little moments in life when you can have the biggest teaching opportunities.

  2. Anonymous9/26/2012

    I agree. Let's buckle up each and every matter the length of the trip, always wear your seatbelt!! Thank you Coach Snyder.

  3. Like good coaching there is no substitute for good parenting. Kids really notice what their parents and others who play a significant role in their lives do and do likewise. Thank you Coach Snyder for reminding us.