Driving a car is such a big deal here in the states. Independence, identity, freedom are all associated with getting a drivers license. So.. Is it realistic for Dev to drive and get a license?
Dev is not our oldest, so we have been scared by the idea of one of our kids behind the wheel already. Our oldest took her time getting her license and we were OK with that. Driving in Seattle is a bit scary for seasoned drivers; amazing hills, skinny streets, big vehicles and those were just a few of my problems! So Bren had lots of practice before sitting her driving exam.
Lots of practice is the key we have decided. We are blessed to have wonderful grandparents for our kids. They happen to live way out in the country with some land and “farm vehicles”. This is where our oldest got her first practice along with classic go-cart race way tracks. Dev has never been interested in driving the ATV’s, or go-carts or even horses until this year.
So when we were on the farm a few weeks ago she got her first chance be hind the wheel. The vehicle is a “mule”, sort of a golf cart on steroids. Here we go:
I wish we were closer to the farm, but it takes 2 planes and a 3 hour drive from Seattle… I think with LOTS of practice she will do well in specific settings. So we will keep putting of real driving for a while yet.
We will continue to ride bikes. I do think it is a great precursor in lots of ways. My next post will review Dev’s bike riding!