Motivate Unmotivated Students With These Surprising Motivators
So many youth believe that they are already prepared to live
independently, and don't need anymore training or education
before embarking on life on their own. Here are some very
creative ways to show youth that education will be essential to
their future. All these interventions focus on common adult
transportation problems. If your youngsters don't readily have
the answers to these adult situations, perhaps they also don't
"know it all" about other key adult independent living issues
** Off the Road Again
Explain what happens when you hydroplane, and when you hit black
ice; how do you try to still stay on the road?
Answer: When you hydroplane, your car floats on a sheet of water
caused by rain on the road. Black ice is ice on the road that
you may not be able to see. Black ice can be present before any
evidence of icy or dangerous driving conditions is obvious and
can send you flying. Slow down and avoid turning your wheels
abruptly. Perhaps people think about all those science classes
that they skipped as they hydroplane off the road or fly through
the air on black ice...
** Say Good Bye to a Good Buy You're buying a car.
The dealer says that they will add the option you want to your
car on Thursday. What is an option, and what do you say?
Answer: An option is a feature that can be added to a car, such
as a cassette player. You say "I must see the option on the car
before I pay." Once you have paid for the car, the dealer has no
incentive to follow though, and you lack any clout to gain
compliance once you pay.
** Do You Know the Way to San Jose-- Today?
Name a good site on the internet to get free directions to
anywhere in the US then show how to use it by finding the way
from where you are right now to San Jose.
Answer: Some great, free map sites include mapquest.com,
mapblast.com, travelocity.com, anywho.com and charlotte.com.
** Filling Up Can Drain You
You fill up your gas tank at a gas station. Later, you write a
check for another purchase; the check bounces. You know you had
over $100 in your account. What happened?
Answer: You used your debit card to buy gas and gave your card
prior to the gas being pumped. The gas station put a "hold" on
$100 of your checking account funds. Next time, don't use a
debit card, or wait to use the card until the amount of gas
purchased is known. Then you'll only be debited for the amount
you bought, not the amount you might have bought.
** Insure It You total your car.
You and the insurance company finalize the amount that you'll be
paid for your car. Their check arrives but it's missing $250.
Answer: The $250 was your deductible.
** It's Classified You need to buy a car.
Ads refer to "OAC," "AC," "4D" and "4WD." Translate.
Answer: OAC means "on approved credit," that if you are deemed
worthy of credit, they will loan you money to buy a car. AC is
air conditioning. 4D means four doors, but 4WD means four wheel
drive; got all that?!
** Did You Know That Cars Can Swim?
You're about to get a good deal on a used car. How can you tell
if the car has been for a swim?
Answer: Sometimes that good deal means that the car has a soggy
past. For example, after a flood, cars can be restored to look
and smell okay, but may have hidden problems from time
underwater. Use the internet to search a car's past and discover
past collisions and even undersea adventures.
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