Warning! New teen driver released to streets!

  1. My 16 yo daughter got her driver's license Friday. She drove to the movies to meet friends that night and when she exited the theater, she had left her lights on and the car was dead. She had to call Dad to jump the car. Saturday, she drove to WalMart and when she got back, she told me a guy ran her off the road. Inquiring further into the incident, she admitted she was trying to pass him as two-lanes merged into one. "I didn't want to stay behind him, Mom. He was driving too slow!" AND THEN as we were driving to a restaurant last evening, she made a left turn in front of on-coming traffic and we almost got broadsided. She was under the impression she had the right of way. "ONLY WHEN YOU HAVE A GREEN ARROW!!!!!!!!!!!!" I shouted. Her reply, "Chill out, Mom. You're gonna pop an artery!"

    Anyway, I have restricted her to just driving with me or her dad for a little while longer. She is thoroughly p!ssed off at me for the moment.

    Please pray for us and anyone in Indiana driving blissfully unaware that another teen has been released to the streets. . .

    Sherri
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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   karenG
    now I am glad I live in England
  4. by   kittyw
    Do you all have driver's ed up there???? When I lived in East TN it was part of our school program. $5 for gas and you were in. Down here it costs a lot, but it might be worth it (in insurance premium if nothing else!).

    <crossing the street very cautiously...> What's her car look like? :chuckle
  5. by   Rustyhammer
    I am going this week to get my daughters learners permit. she came home with a card signed by her drivers ed teacher saying she is ready.
    I have pretty good faith in her driving. she has been driving already now for a few years.
    -Russell
  6. by   deespoohbear
    st4304-Just where are you in the Hoosier state? I live in Northeast Indiana, am I okay?

    Seriously, she is probably better than my 84 year old grandmother who is bound and determined she is going to get her driver's license renewed this week. She hasn't been able to drive for about 18 months due to health problems. So, anyone in the Evansville area, look out!!
  7. by   semstr
    I am so glad kids have to be 18 here, to get a license!!
  8. by   Mkue
    OMG, hubby and I are coming to Ft. Wayne this weekend.. UH.. maybe I should look out for her ..lol..

    Good Luck Mom ! watch those arteries..:chuckle
  9. by   st4304
    Oh, yes! I dished out $328.00 to Sears Driving School in August for 30 hours of classroom instructions and 6... yes, I said just '6'... hours of ACTUAL DRIVING TIME!

    She is terrified of the interstate and hasn't attempted it yet. We are on the Southside of Indy, so stay on I-65, just drive through without stopping and you should be okay. Just look straight ahead, make no sudden moves, and most important of all . . . if you have a teenage BOY in your vehicle, PLEASE hide him in your trunk! LOL!

    Sherri

    P.S. I don't worry about the arteries so much as the gray hair that is slowly becoming resistant to any kind of dye...
    Last edit by st4304 on Oct 1, '02
  10. by   karenG
    hey I am terrified of your interstates and I have been driving for 20yrs!! in fact driving in the states in general!!! mind you, I will happily drive in london so maybe I shouldnt be such a coward!!

    Karen
  11. by   kristi915
    Hey Karen, do you have one of those cool English accents?? I just looove them!!

    I have my license!! I've had it for about 4 months now. I just got my picture license a week ago.....ummm....I look like a BIG DORK!!! But, whatever..... I enjoy having my license, I don't have to depend on someone to bring me somewhere, and I can go do what I want when I want. I don't have to wait for mom to get home or something like that.

    BUT.....I'm just so scared right now. Someone else got into a car accident yesterday. She was going 70 mph, around a corner and swerved to miss an oncoming vehicle, flipped her car....shes ok...but I'm just afraid that more kids are going to have to graduate with an empty seat beside them. I have lost 3 good friends due to accidents last year. All in one year...I'm just so afraid of having to see another empty seat in our graduating class.....
  12. by   sjoe
    st4304--she obviously needs MORE drivers' education. Surely there are other schools around than the one you used. Perhaps your school's driving instructor (if it has one) would have some useful suggestions.

    But regardless, if it were up to me there would be NO driving without a parent in the passenger seat until she has successfully completed a GOOD driving course. (And I wouldn't choose to be that parent in the passenger seat!)
  13. by   kristi915
    I had 10 hours of driving with my instructor, and 30 hours of drivers ed.....I passed my test with a 93. I took my license test 2wice and got it the 2nd time....stupid green only arrows.......oh well....
  14. by   st4304
    Yesterday, we drove all over town for about an hour and she did excellent. I told her she could not drive to school (it is killing her to ride the bus when her drivers license is burning a hole in her purse!) until I felt satisfied that she could drive without killing herself or someone else. Thank goodness in Indiana there is a three month probation where you cannot drive with any passengers unless there is a parent or another adult licensed driver in the passenger seat.

    Oh well. We'll see how it goes. She may be riding the bus forever!

    Sherri

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