Getting Your Drivers’ License


It is a day to remember — my 16-year-old daughter is taking her driving test even as I write this.  She is a better driver than I was at that age, careful to obey the speed limits, turn on her blinker before every turn or lane change, adjusts the mirrors and seat before starting the car … wonder how long all of that will last?  She’s petrified that she won’t pass — one of her friends is already on her third try — so she’s consumed with stress.  I have to keep reminding her to breathe.  If she doesn’t pass it will be solely caused by her stress and fear of failing.  It is a scary thing for a parent to let their teen climb into the drivers’ seat and pilot that big hunk of metal that so many teens die in each year.  I wish there was a big flashing sign we could install on the rooftop for at least the first year, warning everyone else on the road that we have a Beginning Driver, Watch Out!  Or that I could build huge rubber bumpers all around the car and/or my child that could protect them in case of an accident.  My daughter wouldn’t let me help her practice driving for the first 6 months after obtaining her learner’s permit, because she’d seen how panicked I was with my now 19-year-old son during this days of learning.  At least once on those trips I was sure to be found gripping the seatbelt with white knuckles while practically hyperventilating because I was certain we were going to wind up dead.  Like everything else, it gets easier with the second child, so now that I’ve finally been allowed in the car I am able to stay calm and have more confidence that she’ll come through alright.  Her test is in an hour … wish her luck!

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