There’s no doubt that having Emma in driver’s ed will be a huge benefit once she gets her license
and can actually drive a car without a nervous, overly-critical parent in the vehicle. In the meantime, getting up at 5:00 am so she can be at school by 6:00 am for her driving classes leaves a lot to be desired.
I think we have it worked out so she is the one getting up at 5:00 am, eating a little breakfast then cleaning up before her class. Then all I have to do is roll out of bed around 5:30, use the bathroom, then we are rolling by 5:45 am. She is at school by 5:51 am – her desire, not mine. I’d rather be arriving at 5:57 but she is much more relaxed when she is early so we arrive an extra few minutes early.
So far, driver’s ed has been enlightening and frightening. I haven’t been frightened at her driving as much as how she has to think about every little turn and signal and acceleration and brake. Her mind is calculating a hundred different things that we as experienced drivers take for granted.
I can see her mind working with every turn of the steering wheel. She hasn’t yet developed the feel for letting the wheel return to neutral position naturally so she is controlling every small adjustment until she is driving straight ahead again. This results in a bit of a jerky back and forth motion like driving in a bowl of Jell-O.
I don’t remember being this anxious about driving when I was learning. I remember I couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel so I could learn how to powerslide, burn rubber, and crank the radio. I don’t think kids these days have the same driving influences we had (Dukes of Hazzard, Smokey & The Bandit).
I have seen great improvement in her driving since the first day behind the wheel. In her class, she is going out on the Expressway this Friday so that will be interesting to hear how she enjoys going 70+ mph with all the other cars.