My newly seventeen year old son has been out learning to drive with my husband several times now. They started out going to the empty school parking lot and then moved on to some small neighborhood roads with very little traffic. My son is slowly learning how to handle the car and keep it in the lane and getting used to the gas and brake pedals. My husband told me that my son has trouble when a car is coming the other way. He tends to slightly veer the car towards the oncoming car. Gulp. He’s been traveling at a top speed of about 20 miles per hour. That’s how it’s been going with his driving lessons with my husband. Yesterday afternoon he had his first driver education driving class. He came home feeling very proud of himself and totally confident. Yikes. My son, who has spent a total of about 5 hours (or less) behind the wheel, now feels confident and thinks he can handle anything that comes his way when he’s behind the wheel. Did I say Yikes? It turns out his driver ed. instructor is “cool” and plays the radio when the students are driving even though he’s not supposed to. While one student is driving, the instructor is carrying on conversations with the other three students that are in the back. My son and the other students traveled on main roads, though not highways, at 55 miles an hour yesterday. As I’m typing this I feel the fear welling up in me.
When he got home he told me all about this cool instructor and how he felt so good driving. He then asked me why I don’t want him driving to a concert, with 4 friends in the car, that’s 2 hours away, in August. After all, he feels experienced enough now. Help! Am I really going to make it though these teen years?! I never thought about how much the worry factor was going to go up once my child (and his friends) started driving! I don’t even want to think about my two younger children reaching this milestone!
And then, there are my neighbors across the street. You’ve probably seen peeks of their house in some of my photos taken in my front yard. My neighbors’ nineteen year old granddaughter and a friend of hers were killed in a car accident last month. They, for no known reason, veered into the oncoming lane of traffic and crashed into two cars. They were pronounced dead at the scene. Two nineteen year old children.
Se’Lah, thank you so much for my lovely prayer flags. They are getting a lot of use!
On a lighter note, we’re going to get a lot more of this today and tomorrow. That will keep my son off of the road!