I do have to say that my son has done very well so far with his driving skills. His first drive was this weekend with his father, on the highway....in the rain......in his pickup truck. Talk about being thrown into the deep end of the pool! I would have chosen a different path and hit a couple very empty parking lots first. Son was even driving when he got dropped off Sunday - more highway driving.
From the understanding comments I've gotten regarding this matter, it feels more of a right of passage for me than my kid. Every parents worst nightmare, and biggest relief: that their kid is finally getting closer to adulthood and flying from the nest (or fleeing or being flung...whatever suits you best)
I clearly remember my drivers ed classes and my teacher screaming at me to "NEVER, EVER,UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES DO YOU SLOW DOWN WHEN MERGING ONTO A HIGHWAY!!!!!" I chuckle every time I'm about to drive right up the back of the asshole in front of me - SLOWING DOWN TO MERGE ONTO THE HIGHWAY.
110 MPH to NH on Rte 93.
Donuts in the highschool parking lot and taking off before the smoke cleared and the cops showed up.
The "Wood Chip 500" in the Jeep.
Ahhh....road rage, brakestands, burnouts, trenching, speeding tickets, surcharges, insurance, parking......the freedom, hopes and dreads associated with driving when you're 16.
The kid is never, ever, under any circumstances driving my car without me in it!
I mean it.