Monday, August 30, 2010

A shout-out to rude, obnoxious drivers from a protective Mama Bear

Just look at that sweet, nervous face - how can you people be rude to him??

My son got his learner's permit last week.  He has only driven a few places so far, and we have been trying our hardest to teach him how to drive safely.  

We are trying to teach him to pay close attention to the speed limit signs.
Not only because our county has recently acquired unmarked police cars and because we cannot afford a speeding ticket (and the subsequent raise in insurance rates), but because we want our son to be safe when he drives.  We do not want him to be in an accident.

So to those of you who pass, tailgate, honk your horns and glare at my poor, nervous, sweet boy - Thank you.  


We are trying to teach him to keep a safe distance between the car in front of him, so he has time to react.  

So for those of you who pass (especially the ones who have been passing in a no passing zone) and swinging into the small space between our car and the one in front of us, and then slamming on your brakes (I can only assume this is to "teach him a lesson")...Thank you.


Because so many drivers these days run red lights, we are trying to teach our son to pause a moment when the light turns green and look both ways to make sure that everyone has stopped.  For those of you who take that one second pause as a personal affront and begin honking your horn...Thank you.


For all of you who speed, run red lights, tailgate and exhibit aggressive, unsafe driving techniques - Thank you.


If you recognize yourself in any of those scenarios, please stop and think.  You are not the only one on the road.  My son - my baby boy - will soon be out there too.  All alone.  Without Mom and Dad watching him.

I trust him.  I am trying my hardest - in spite of YOU - to teach him how to be safe.  He is nervous enough already (so am I, for that matter!) and frankly, you're not helping.

You have developed unsafe habits and aggressive tendencies which endanger my child.  


Please.  Slow down.  Take a deep breath.  Get a grip.  Be safe.

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