This is the last post I'll mention this. OK, the last one for a few weeks, anyway.
As a parent of a toddler there are many firsts to record: first tooth, smile, word, etc. The trend of firsts does continue, it just doesn't get recorded in the baby book. Since our firstborn is now learning to drive, it is a momentous first for this parent and household. It is a novelty that won't soon wear off. So, I must write, again, on the topic of driving.
I will admit that with a budding driver now by my side in our well-
I use my blinker light 100 feet prior to my turn. [Don't ask me how far that is. Oh, too late, Sarah already did.]
I make sure I come to a full stop at lights/signs. ["Now see what that black car did? That is what we call a 'rolling stop'. Daddy got chased down by a cop for that once." Oh. Is she old enough to know that now?]
I don't text and drive, nor do I apply makeup, shave body parts, or play instruments.
The long-forgotten three second rule has also come to my attention. It now becomes an obssession with me to count down the seconds between myself and the car ahead of me. [Okay, he passed that road-kill; one....two...three...yup, I have established a safe distance.]
I am not a tail-gater, or (much of) a speeder. [I will provide sunglasses to any who need protection against the glare of my halo.] But I do have one "glaringly" obvious flaw which has come to my attention only because I have a budding young driver watching my every move.
Not the dividing line between lanes. I mean the big, fat line at all stoplights and stopsigns.
Yeah. I roll right on past those -- but I do stop, thank you very much.
I will be working on that. It's amazing how many of those I ignore on my daily routes. Now that I am not ignoring them, it sure gives a different perspective to those intersections.
So while I have a renewed spirit of good driving habits, I would be remiss if I didn't include this link.
Animal crossing signs won't ever be the same for me.
I think I will market a new bumper sticker:
Save a Deer, Move a Sign