- http://thenationonlineng.net/web2The lesson you can teach your children from drivinghttp://thenationonlineng.net/web2/articles/22952/1/The-lesson-you-can-teach-your-children-from-driving/Page1.htmlBy Olufemi FasanyaPublished on 24/10/2009
I learnt how to drive at an age close to my 32nd birthday. I had bashed my car seriously once (it was reallynot due to my fault). A commercial bus was discharging its passengers on the expressway when I swervedto avoid a head-on collision with the truck ahead of me which had suddenly reduced its speed. Inexperiencewas the reason for the accident.
I learnt how to drive at an age close to my 32nd birthday. I had bashed my carseriously once (it was really not due to my fault). A commercial bus was dischargingits passengers on the expressway when I swerved to avoid a head-on collision withthe truck ahead of me which had suddenly reduced its speed. Inexperience was thereason for the accident. Thank God that at least, I had the common sense to fastenmy seat belt. The insurance company took care of the damage to the car, but I learntsome vital lessons that fathers can teach their children at the early stage of theirlives. There is the need to point out that the law of the country doesn’t permit a minor (achild below the age of 18 years) to drive. This implies that it is only when your childgets to the age of 18 years that the law accepts him or her as having reached theage of accountability. This is the age he or she can be entrusted with certainresponsibilities, including driving a car. I feel that if you have a car and a child that is18 years and above, you should learn to entrust the child with your car. But first, youshould have taught him or her how to drive it. Don’t let your child pick your car’s keyand learn how to do that through a friend or on his own. It can be disastrous whenthey learn it that way.I know a father who allowed his son to learn how to drive through a member of thelocal church he pastored. But, he allowed the young man to drive him around whenhe was back from school to monitor his driving skill. That is one father I appreciate.He allowed his child to be trained and ensured the young man demonstrated what hehad learnt under his supervision before entrusting him with his car.I feel that there are vital lessons in life that your child can learn at that age throughpractical guidance by the best teacher in the world - YOU. Here are some of thelessons your child can learn from that experience:Spontaneous reaction is dangerous.
When your child learns to drive with yourapproval and likely supervision, you can teach him or her a vital lesson in life - that toget trained is a key to success and that doing things on his or her own way isdangerous. People who learn things without guidance always do so the hard way. Letyour child know that you can only trust him or her with vital issues of life if he or heris obedient to instructions you give. If he or she will not consistently obey trafficrules, then, such a can’t be trusted with your car.