June 6, 2012

Behind the Wheel

Kaitlin, at twenty years old, still has no interest in getting her driver's license.  But Allen and I figure eventually she will have to give in.  Periodically, we make her get behind the wheel and at least pull the car into the driveway.  It's usually a straight shot and typically taking your foot off the break is enough to get you where you need to go.  Today, I thought we'd be more daring and I told her to pull it in.  The clever bit is she had to actually turn the wheel and give it a little gas to get there.
She managed to turn the ignition on and get the car out of park with a smile still on her face.
After a five minute discussion on why you couldn't use one foot on the break and one on the gas even if you do use both feet on the piano we actually moved the ten yards necessary to get between the trash can and Suburban and into the driveway.  Turning the wheel and pushing the gas at the same time may have been over the top, but she did it.

I drove the rest of the way into town while we discussed important things to remember when learning to drive.  You know simple things like wear your seat belt, don't listen to the radio, turn your phone off and no carrying on with friends.  In the end we summed the whole talk up into two rules.

1.  If Uncle Griffith would do it while driving (text, email, read news), don't do it.
2.  And if Pop pop says it while driving, don't say it.


  1. I love how KK still smiles throughout the entire process. :) Ironically enough, I just had my first driving lesson over the weekend, and it went in much the same fashion. It's rather unnerving getting behind the wheel for the first time, but I know it will grow easier as time goes by. Of course, I only practiced in the empty parking lot at our church. I know the day will come when I'll be expected to drive in the *gasp* street. Horrors! ;)

    Elizabeth Rose

  2. Lol, I remember when I wanted to use on foot on the gas and the other on the brake and my parents were horrified ;o) I could do it perfectly well though so I don't see why not!

  3. Hahahahaha! That's funny, lol! It's always a little scary when they first start driving. I took our youngest over to the church parking lot and we drove around.

    He started heading towards a tree and I was hollering "Put on the brake. The brake! Put on the BRAAAAAAKEEEE!" and he was saying "Which ones the brake?"

    Obviously it was the pedal that he WASN'T stepping on......

    I was a little unnerved after that and went into the church and asked hubby if he wouldn't mind driving around in the parking lot with him a minute, (since it was lunchtime after all). Then *I* drove home and we practiced a lot more before he took it out on the road.

  4. Hahaha! I love the rules. :) Yes, Lizzy just had her first driving lesson with Daddy on Sunday, and I read in the backseat. Except, I didn't read much - I was too busy laughing. ;D


  5. This was a blast to watch from the backseat :)