I guess it was at the “About Me,” post when I started this blog and promised I would eventually tell some stories about my children and their driving habits.
Well, sitting behind the wheel of Cherry Bomb, the name she gave my cherry red Mustang is Mandy. She is 15 years old and recently got her learner’s permit to drive. Now, many of you out there in bloggersville, might say, what the hell are you doing, letting her drive a muscle-car like that. I guess I just trust her. However it wasn’t that long ago that she was just learning and I let her take the wheel and while I was patiently instructing her to move closer to the middle line in the road, away from the mail-boxes….I evidently used the wrong terminology and she did, in fact, graze a mailbox with the side mirror. Thank goodness….no damage to car nor mailbox.
After that, we had to be clear on what language would be used for instructions. Along with instructing your young driver, I would ask my readers to be aware of other young drivers….it’s really too bad there is not some sort of magnet I can put on the car that says “NEW DRIVER…..STAY BACK.”
She really is a pretty good driver, it’s just the backing up…..direction to turn the wheels that gets her a little flustered and me a little worried when backing out of tight parking spaces. There should be Teen Parking Spaces, like for the Handicapped…but for now, we will just walk a little farther and park in the open spaces.
If you have a new driver in your house…I’d love to hear a comment!