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New Driver

February 25th, 2010 · 6 Comments

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!

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Tags: Family

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Katie in MA // Feb 25, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Yikes! lol I will start saying prayers and sending warm thoughts your way! I’m sure he will be fine. I had less than 5 hours of experience when my boyfriend’s dad taught me to drive (my mom was too scared) and the first street I drove on was a highway. A crazy-ass highway known for its idiot drivers! If I can live through it, so will he. Trust. me. And I guess a little confident is better than too scared to even try it, right??
    .-= Katie in MA´s last blog ..Lovin’ the new me. =-.

  • 2 mrs. e // Feb 25, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I really believe their should be a special blessing or prayer that priests/ministers give for new drivers! :)
    .-= mrs. e´s last blog ..Quick Update =-.

  • 3 mrs. e // Feb 25, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Their? Are you kidding me?!! argh! It has been a long week for this English teacher!! I get so frustrated when students misuse the “theres.” Karma!
    .-= mrs. e´s last blog ..Quick Update =-.

  • 4 elk // Feb 25, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    deep breath . you can do this . lots of prayers needed for new drivers! and their parents!

  • 5 spread your wings // Feb 26, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    yikes i know what you mean. Taylor’s driver ed teacher took her on a 2 hour drive through downtown Atlanta at RUSH Hour! (i didn’t know that until they returned and was thankful i didn’t). i still worry when she’s on the road, but i will say it gets better. I will keep you and your son in my prayers.
    .-= spread your wings´s last blog ..mind / mirror =-.

  • 6 July Sky // Jul 12, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    […] supposed to have showers, thunderstorms and downpours.  I just hope it all holds off until my son is finished with his driving test!  It’s at 1pm tomorrow!  Why am I using exclamation […]

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