July 22, 2014

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Driver's Ed comes home...

How to keep that new driver safe while still providing experience behind the wheel?

I've probably mentioned that my oldest child is learning to drive this summer.

We've done the traditional things, like telling her to read the road signs when we travel.... asking her to read a map with us... and estimate the number of hours we'll be on the road between cities.

But we've also enrolled her in the community's drivers education class.

For almost two weeks the evening classes were held, complete with gory films.... "Death Rides the Roads", "The Highway Runs Red", (You know the type....)

But now we have to spend 50 hours with our child behind the wheel.  This is something new to us, because in Michigan where we grew up, there was no record keeping when you drove with your parents at age 15 1/2.

We're doing something else to help our child.  After searching the Internet, we found several vendors who sell magnetic signs that you can apply to and remove from your car.

They read:  "Student Driver", "New Driver", and "Nervous Parent on Board: Please Be Patient"

Now, you may think these are embarrassing for ANY driver to wear, but I have to tell you we've seen numerous acts of courtesy in our town, as drivers give an extra measure of caution and courtesy to our teen driver.

So, right now, let me thank those of you who have waited at the light while she gets it in gear.... or let her into your lane when turning... or were cut off by a young driver.  She certainly appreciates the  courtesy and will return it in favor as her confidence grows.

In the meantime, may I suggest that other parents invest the $20 or so to get a complete set of  magnet signs for your teen driving experience.  There are plenty to choose from on eBay!

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