On the road again… some guidelines for au pairs and host families
When an au pair is expected to drive as part of their daily responsibilities, they are frequently given the opportunity to utilize the car for personal use as well. This arrangement can work out well as long as the rules of car use are clear to everyone involved. It is important for host families to not only review the car rules in the first few days of the au pair’s arrival and at the 2 week orientation meeting with their LCC, but also keep a list of important reminders about car use rules and expectations in the glove compartment of the vehicle. Better yet, host parents can laminate an index card with this information, attach a Velcro sticker to the back of the card and an area on the dashboard, and adhere this to the dashboard so it’s always visible.
Here’s a list of the top 10 rules and expectations. These represent some of the most frequently asked questions as well as the “gray” areas that can cause the most conflict.
- No cell phone use while driving
- Seatbelt use
- Speed limit reminders
- Occupancy rules (no more than 2 other people in the car, etc)
- Mileage/distance limitations
- Prohibited driving locations
- Car curfew
- Frequency of use/on-duty vs. off-duty driving time
- Type of gasoline to use
- Local police phone #, State police phone #, AAA phone # & other emergency contact numbers
Conflicts often arise when either the au pair or host family assume that the other knows the rules of car use.
These tips were received from Natalie Jordan, director of marketing at Cultural Care… this one can help make those rules clear and personal car use conflict free.
Of course, you can always call your LCC for HELP! 🙂