My daughter just turned 15 and I am gearing up for the inevitable; my baby will be driving soon. She keeps reminding me that in 6 months she will get her learner’s permit and a year from now she will have her driver’s license. This scares me to death. Not because I don’t think she’ll be a good driver; in fact, I think she will be. It’s all the other drivers I’m worried about. Being a good driver means having to not only navigate yourself in your own car, it means having to navigate being on the road with a million other drivers in a million other cars and not having ANY idea what their next move or misstep might be.
We were in the car together right after her birthday and she said, “If you notice me staring at you while you’re driving, I’m not being weird; it’s because I have to start paying attention to how you drive. I need to learn from watching you. I’m getting my permit on May 16th, Mom.” I’ll admit, I am thrilled that she is taking the privilege of driving that seriously. Of course, I know there is a big difference between watching and doing but I plan on taking full advantage of all the time we have in the car together to prep her for this huge (and potentially dangerous) milestone, even if it’s just talking it through.
And talking it through is exactly what we have begun to do. And through it all, it’s helping to remind me of some of the most important rules of the road. Showing her how to be the best driver she can be, means that I am being the best driver I can be.
These are some of the things I keep hearing myself say:
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