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Saturday, May 12, 2007

The Permit

It has happened! My daughter has passed the written driver's test and is now a proud holder of her driver's permit. As I am sure every parent feels, this is both a happy occasion and one that brings on a whole new set of fears. Who wouldn't appreciate having an extra (very eager) driver in the family to "run to the store", pick up her brother from school or sports, and when the time comes, drive herself places she needs to go.

The other side of the coin, of course, is that my 16 year old now has access to what can also be thought of as a deadly weapon. The DMV worker handed us a sheet for a course where new drivers are taught about what it means to be a driver on the road, and the responsibilities that the new driver is assuming. She will absolutely take that course. I think it cannot be impressed enough on kids today (as in the past) that the operation of an automobile is not to be taken lightly.

The man at the DMV also mentioned a frightening statistic about the increase in the number of accidents and fatalities in the 16 - 18 crowd. Make your kids take this course. Drive with them as much as you can, and set strict rules about when and with whom they can drive.

Just a little public service message from yours truly!



Tracy said...

How fast our children grow up.

Rootietoot said...

It is the best day and the worst. Their independent, and that's grand! And they're capable of hurting themselves and others in ways previously unimaginable. *sigh*
Good luck!

Nancy the Romancechick said...

My daughter is 17 and while she has her license, she is actually hesitant to drive too much. She took a state required course and now she tells me when I'm doing something "wrong." It's funny, but we do trust her. This Christmas we're talking about driving up from Louisiana to Ohio to spend the holidays with my mom and brother and it's so much more feasible to drive now that there are three drivers instead of just two!