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Teaching My Son to Drive Comparable to an Amusement Park Ride

Updated on October 18, 2015

The First Lesson

As my son was growing up, I never really thought about teaching him to drive. I did that assuming thing…….I assumed either my oldest son or my husband would be one of the chosen ones. Well, here it is …..the time to teach Johnny to drive. My oldest son lives too far away, and my husband has been very sick over the last few years He is unable to teach him to drive.

A job….I did not apply for has now landed in my lap. Heaven help me…………..please!

My fifteen year old son has never been behind the wheel of a vehicle. That, in itself, is your first clue as to how this story is going to play out. Needless to say, he has only had two…yes two…..lessons from Mom at this time. I need time to recuperate.

The first was just a few times around the local Walmart parking lot late at night. I wasn’t about to put him out on the road with other drivers. He didn’t do too bad. However, I realized his sense of perception with distance was not as it should be. I should have realized then, he needed a few more parking lot trips before allowing him access to the open highway. It was the normal teaching a new driver stuff. He would hit the brake a little harder than he should, plunging the seat belt into my chest. If it was not for the security of the seat belt, I may have become a hood ornament. Then we had the acceleration which was the equivalent of taking off in an airplane. As I became a part of the passenger seat, I was thankful I had had enough common sense to use the parking lot first and not the highway.

Teenage Driver
Teenage Driver | Source
Air Traffic Controller
Air Traffic Controller | Source
Driving Instructor and New Student
Driving Instructor and New Student | Source

The Second Lesson

Then approximately a week and a half later, I decided to allow him to drive the less than ten miles to our house from the same Walmart. The thrills and chills were on their way, and I didn’t even know it. He gradually eased out onto the highway. Okay, I think we will be alright. Wrong! The fun was just around the corner. Not!

Let me give you the layout of the road. We are TALKING about the winding, roads in West Virginia.

He started out slowly, but as he gained confidence he increased his speed. Which would have been fine, if we were not heading into a curve. Okay, we made it through the first one with me directing him to get off the white line and to slow down going into curves. I kept explaining to him one should never accelerate in the middle of a curve. Typical teenager....'okay mom...okay mom.'

You could feel the panic in him every time a car approached from the opposite direction. He would wander aimlessly toward the white line. I’m sure the gentleman following us thought I was practicing to become an air traffic controller. Each time I would let go of the “oh sh*t” handle, I directed him with fingers pointing and hands waving to move back between the yellow and white lines. Yes, I did forget to mention most vehicles are equipped with “oh sh*t” handles for times just like this. These are the handles on the ceiling of your vehicle just above the windows.

I said my prayers and several ‘hail maries’ praying for this trip to soon be over. I just wanted to be safe in my own driveway………….. no dings, no dents, no heart failure or anxiety attacks. Just as I thought he was getting the hang of curves, there it was! A car coming at us in a curve from the opposite direction. He made his dash to the white line, and all I could see was the guardrail coming closer, and the river on the other side. I felt as if I was on a roller coaster ride and at any minute I was going to fly off the track. However, if I flew off this track I was going to be taking a very cold dip in the frigid river. The air traffic controller in me took over once again. I directed him back between the yellow and white lines. He regained his composure, and we made it through the curve once again. Whew! That was a close call!

Finally We Reach Our Destination-The Driveway

As we pulled into the driveway, he drove slightly off the gravel and into the wet yard. Once again, he stomps on the brake. The stronghold of the seat belt plunges me back into the seat. Of course, the car skids to a halt. So proud of himself, he looks over at me and says with a big smile, “I didn’t do too bad. Did I?”.

As I pried my fingers from the ‘oh sh*t’ handle, not wanting to discourage him, I replied. “No, honey, that was fine. We just have a few more things to work on." I sat there for a minute regaining my composure and popping a xanax to calm my nerves. I made a decision. I was going to wait a little longer, before we attempted the next lesson. Then the light bulb came on, maybe I will sign him up for driving lessons instead!


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    proudmamma 5 years ago

    Thank you roxygurl464 .... I'm glad you enjoyed. I was hoping it would be humorous to those reading it.. I enjoyed writing it. It was my first attempt at a humorous hub.... so thank you. I appreciate you stopping by to take a read. God Bless!

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    roxygurl464 5 years ago from New Jersey

    This is great! Actually made me lol while reading this! My son is only 8 years old, but I cringe at just the thought of him driving an actual car! Good luck and I'm sure he'll do just fine!

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    proudmamma 5 years ago

    My son is still having anxiety over driving... so we are still in the learning stages. I'm sure I will have more experiences to share. Thanks for taking time to read and comment on my hub.

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    gabgirl12 5 years ago

    My eldest will be 16 next year. I really enjoyed reading it, now I know what to expect if I try to do it myself. The teenage driver caricature is hilarious!! Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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    proudmamma 6 years ago

    TripleAMom wishing you the best of luck. Hoping for a successful transition.

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    TripleAMom 6 years ago from Florida

    Oh, I will be in your shoes soon. New 15 year old asking for learner's permit means driving lessons. I'm in trouble. :)

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    proudmamma 6 years ago

    Thank you for taking time to read my hub and comment. If you have been acting after 4 now almost 5, you need a medal or at least some reward. My oldest was easy.....I'm not sure I will be able to keep my nerves under control for this one. Lots of practice before he gets turned loose.....

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    Pam Valentine 6 years ago from The Heartland, USA

    That was great! I can relate to teaching my sons and daughters to drive. I taught four, currently teaching my last number 5. My last, ah, empty nest syndrome, NAH! not me. But my kids told me they will send the grandkids to me to teach them to drive, cause they say I'm so calm. NOT! Apparently though,I'm a good actress, if they only knew I was shakin and quiverin when they apporached those suicide on and off ramps.....

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    proudmamma 6 years ago

    Thanks you billips. I appreciate you taking the time to read my hub. Unfortunately, all parents go through it. I just wasn't as nervous with my oldest son. Probably because he was always driving something when he was younger. My youngest, on the other hand, has never spent anytime behind the wheel of a vehicle until now. Time and patience will pay off in the end.

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    billips 6 years ago from Central Texas

    Wonderful! - you had me hooked with the title alone - I guess this is something all parents go through, more or less bumpily - regards - B.

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    proudmamma 6 years ago

    Teaches12345, thank you for stopping by to read my hub. I'm still recovering from this trip. I haven't taken him out since that day....hahaha. However, I will have to do so again soon. I'm sure I will have another story to tell. What's the saying...'practice makes perfect'. Thank you for your comments.

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    Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

    I enjoyed reading your hub. You are a brave woman to drive teach your son to drive. Keep your sense of humor it is charming! Be blessed.