I did not really worry about boys when they first started driving. They were born to drive. Aced the test the first time. My younger has never been in an accident but has had plenty of parking tickets. My older was in two accidcents – one very minor…the car in front of him at the left turn light started to move left then suddenly stopped so my son rammed into him at a snail speed. You’d be surprised how much damage 5-10 speed does to the trunk and fender. The second time, there was a driver that weaved through the traffic and suddenly pulled right in front of my son – squeeze in – so my son braked, causing the car behind him to crash into him and both cars crashed into the weaving car. Thankfully the traffic light video caught that so they charged the weaving car for reckless driving.
Mike doing something for his sister mostly because it would be great for his benefit is too relatable, and it’s freaking me out, lol.
Final panel Elly is so funny. You can tell she is really nervous…for her new car. On the other hand, her nails have never looked so trim.
an overprotective mother of two in one car… oh, boy
Is Elly thinking “What happened to my babies of yesteryear?”
Isn’t there a period after a teen gets a new license that he has to be accompanied by an adult license-holder?
Not only will ’Mom’s’ amount of grey hair increase but her need for finger nail clippers will decrease from now on ! ! !!
I remember the first time my wife and I watched all four of our kids get in the car with my oldest behind the wheel. We felt everything from worry about an accident to pride in the fact that our kids could function on their own in the world (if only for a little while).
Headline, Toronto News: “Asshat Teenager Crashes Car Into CN Tower”.
Either that or he’s overjoyed on passing his drivers test!!!
When your kids drive away alone for the first time is the most terrifying moment.
She sent the heir and the spare out. No wonder she’s nervous.
Finally got over those worries, so I thought. Now my grandson is almost 16, so here we go again.
My son just got his license a couple weeks ago, and the first time he went out on his own, I followed his progress on my phone (we have GPS trackers on all our phones). Turns out that my wife was also watching while she was at work! LOL
That surprised sister, now mom is nervous. I remember my son when he gained his driver’s license, I had no choice but to trust him.
I remember watching my older daughter Amy backing down the driveway by herself for the first time. First pangs of separation anxiety. She’s now forty-eight.
Worrying is Elly’s heroin. It is a part of her, she can’t live without it, she makes excuses why she does it, she can quit any time she wants to, and one day it will kill her.
I don’t understand, Micheal clearly botched his driving exam. did he take the exam twice?
Every parent ever.. experienced this the first few solo drives.
All of us concerned parent’s acted the same way…….
My son’s pickup was teetering over a cliff (the dog pooped on her way out of it!) but he walked home, called the towing company to get it safely back on the road and paid for it by trading computer services for their business (he owned a computer business from age 13 on), I was impressed with how he handled it! I didn’t know until it was all over with.A couple of weeks later he was driving and quietly said, “I suppose I was driving too fast.” I nodded my head and that was that.My daughter had a harder lesson…she rolled her car on a rural road that was known to cause deaths (she wasn’t supposed to be on it) and got a concussion and walked miles back to a towing company’s home. The hardest part for her was dealing with her dad! Car was totaled and she had to save up for down payment on another one, getting rides to/from work from me, and it took a year of payments to get it paid off! Both of them had good non-horrific lessons, I’m glad neither one resulted in worse! Best of all they learned from it.
That car will start after mother’s automatic nail cutter.
Just because you have a license doesn’t mean it’s now a hobby. From age 16 to 18 I pretty much was limited to school, work, and dates. When I graduated from high school, I got more freedom.
Elly’s concern about the car is natural to some degree. If the kids got hurt in an accident, Elly needs to ask herself “How quickly can we get to the US border?”
Isn’t there a rule in NY state that a newly licensed teen driver cannot have younger passengers until a certain amount of time has passed?
Like every mother says when her son goes off to war; she hands him a shield and says: “You either come back with it or on it!”