First Driving Experience

Driving can be tough, especially if you’re just starting out.

I remember my first days of driving. My father took me out in town as soon as I got my temporary permit. He drove all the way to the other end (while we lived on the opposite end), parked at a small shopping center, got out of the car and told me to get in the driver seat and drive home.

I was terrified! It was the very first time I got behind the wheel and I had no idea what I was doing. The only thing I remember mumbling to my dad, was about payback and the fact that it’s coming.

It took me almost an hour to set up all the mirrors, adjust the seat and strap the seat belt, at least that’s what it felt like. The time would stretch and it felt like the moment would never end. I felt anxious and afraid, but eventually restarted the car and began driving.

I remember my first feel of the gas pedal, not so much the brake, but the gas. I was totally terrified of it. Just like probably most first time drivers out there, I slammed on it. The tires started spinning, engine revved up like crazy, my father’s eyes opened up and almost fell out of sockets. Before I knew it, the tree in the middle of the parking lot was a park of my dad’s car.

Now, before I go on, I gotta saw that It’s not completely real until the parking lot decoration is in the middle of your dad’s fairly new car and you’re to blame for it.

I was extremely terrified about the way my father would react to the crash and damage done to his car, especially since he had to drive to work the next morning, but surprisingly, he simply looked at me, smiled and called towing richmond for assistance. Luckily, he was friends with the Jared Sr. who owned the company at the time. Today, I believe it his son Jared Jr. and partner Gerard.

After waiting for about half hour for the tow truck to get there, we figured things out between my dad and I, and I haven’t gotten behind a wheel of a car for another 6 month, other than the driver’s schools car.

The next day, I remember reading about us running over the poor tree in Richmond Dispatch. I also remember feeling super popular in school the next day, because the newspaper wrote about us. As soon as I got home, my father and I had the big talk.

I respect my father very much for covering everything up and not getting me in trouble. We talked things over and came to an agreement… I ended up working as a babysitter and had to clean the house for the next 6 month to cover the repair to his car.

Just to clarify, it wasn’t about the money to him… Education and discipline were very important and those were the things guiding him.

The reason I’m writing this is to show that nobody’s perfect and noone’s expected to be. There are times you’ll make mistakes, they’ll blow over, don’t sweat it too much.

Worry about the things you can control and don’t worry about the rest, because there’s nothing you can do about it.

 

Preparing your Children for Safe Driving

Driver education is often overlooked by parents until their kids reach an age, when they’re qualified to begin driving, but what about the years until then.

Wouldn’t it make you happy to see your teenager drive like a pro at the age of fifteen or even less? On average, 92% of children in the United States don’t learn to drive until they start taking driver’s education classes, that means that average new driver has six months of knowledge and a month or two of actual driving experience before getting on the roads in their own car or truck. That is a bit scary, because roads don’t differ for them versus the 45 year old person with over twenty years of driving experience.

Thinking about it makes you think, whether or not it is safe and does the Department Of Motor Vehicles have procedures and tests in place to prepare all those kids for safe driving. In our opinion, the answer is NO! Feel free to look at the statistics for drinking and driving and car crash accident related fatalities. Most of those drivers are under 25 years of age. Unfortunately the newspaper didn’t break down the statistics by specific age, but the numbers don’t like for age groups.

Here’s how you, as a parent, can prepare your kids for driving.

  1. Be an example

Being a parent means, being a role model to your kids. believe it or not, but they look up to you and will eventually start mimicking your actions. The best way to begin their driving experience, is by driving like a pro. Not a racing pro, but a professional, every day driver. Often times they might seem like they aren’t watching or care, but have faith and do the right thing even when you think that they aren’t watching. They’ll learn what’s important subconsciously.

  1. Hands on experience

I remember when my mother would take me to this old, abandoned airport runway and have me drive there while she was in the passenger seat. There’s absolutely no traffic, so it wasn’t a real life experience, but the feel of operating a vehicle early on was priceless. I was fourteen or so, super excited to drive around on my own. Nowadays, I’d rather chill in the passenger or back seat and avoid the driving. The point is that theory is a very small part of a skill such as driving. Hands on education is where the money is! Find a safe area and let them try it out!

  1. Educate and again educate

Tell your kids about experiences you’ve had as a young driver, people you know who got in trouble and their stories. Educate your children about good and bad habits and how those combine with operating a car when there are people all around you. Paint a picture and be sure to never stop educating them.

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Thanks for reading and stay safe out there!

Basics Of Safe Driving

 

In our society today, many people, especially the younger ones, are taking driving for granted. They treat it as a right and not a privilege which is exactly what it is. There are rules and regulations to follow when driving and they must be followed, otherwise you won’t be allowed to legally drive any longer and forced to use public transportation or a bicycle.

This article will cover some tips and essentials of safe driving and how to stay on the road without losing your license and getting pulled over.

  • One of the most important things both on the road and in life is respect for others. The fact of the matter is you’re not alone on the road and need to pay attention on all drivers around you. There is a constant negotiation that’s going on, whether it’s changing lanes and having another driver let you merge into their lane or making a left turn at the light when you’re not in the turning lane.
  • Staying vigilant is crucial to your safety, safety of other drivers as well as all pedestrians out there. As a driver, you’re entrusted with operating a very dangerous machine, which could potentially kill somebody. It happens every day , when people behind the steering wheel decide to get distracted and run over another person, not that’s a newspaper headline don’t you think?
  • Drinking and driving is an absolute no! Too many innocent people get their lives taken every day by others, who choose to drive impaired. Apparently it’s not a big enough deal, because of how light the punishment is, so people don’t take it seriously enough and continue to do it. If you’re looking to ruin your life, find yourself in debt and potentially kill another human being, go ahead, get drunk and drive.
  • Driving while intoxicated is one thing, but not very many people realize that there are plenty of DUI (Driving Under the Influence) incidents involving illegal drugs and prescription narcotics. Nowadays, people get treated using drugs and medication for pretty much anything possible, what patients don’t realize though is that they cannot drive after taking the meds. It is important to read the warning and side effect label before taking any medications, especially if you’re about to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Distractions are definitely a huge contribution to unsafe driving and accidents, but did you know that the biggest distraction for all drivers is texting. It is imperative to never text while your vehicle is in motion. If it’s an urgent situation, make sure to pull over and reply. Plenty of commercials are made against texting and driving, but apparently people are still doing it… Don’t be one of them.
  • Driving conditions are a huge factor in many of the accidents all around the country. Think of the difference between driving on a clear, sunny day versus being on the road at nighttime, while it’s raining or snowing. It is crucial to adapt your driving style and raise awareness based on the driving conditions you’re in. If it feels a bit too dangerous, it most likely is and you should slow down or pull over.

We hope that the information here was useful to you and If all these tips help save even one life, it would be totally worth the effort. This post was brought to you by our supportive friends at the best parking lot striping company in all of Mobile, Alabama. Be sure to spread the awareness and reference this article.