In an earlier article I mentioned teenage daughters and Greek waiters. This was drawn at least in part from personal experience except it wasn’t Greece but another of our European partners that shall remain nameless so as not to offend their Latin sensibilities. Let’s just say they wear a lot of Armani.
The trouble with teenage girls (Oh, where to start!) is that, amongst many perceived injustices they also have hormones and stuff blatting around inside them like a thousand angry Pongs in a shoebox. They are susceptible to hot-blooded male workers in the tourist industry who are very likely to end up being pinned into a corner by some righteous, furious Dad anger that, language barrier notwithstanding, will leave them with the firm impression that they should back the hell right off, rapidamente.
At some point in the latter stages of all this angst the question of driving lessons will, as sure as the changing of the seasons and the tides of the sea, come up. (Author pauses to shudder and reflect quietly for a moment). Now, driving lessons are very expensive and you, Dad or Mum, are experienced and capable drivers, so who better to pass on The Knowledge than the old folks?
Well, just don’t, okay? It will all end, literally, in tears; you mark my words. The issues at stake here are immense and frankly, you just don’t understand! Best to leave it to the patient professionals who do a great job teaching our young persons to drive properly and who will command a level of respect unknown to long-suffering family members. Certainly driving lessons are expensive these days but that’s just the way of things. Instructors are entitled to earn a decent living, car expenses have to be met and then of course there’s the cost of the diazepam prescriptions to consider.
Remember, you’re not alone. There’s an excellent organisation called Young Driver – the UK’s largest provider of pre-17 driving lessons – has produced a series of ‘How To’ videos to help drivers master everything from parallel parking to reversing round a corner. And although they were produced for the 10-17 year old Young Driver teaches, the group’s research shows they are just as useful for parents needing a refresher too. Not a bad idea that for some adult drivers.
Dad, if you persevere with giving driving lessons to your daughter personally and Mum says, “That’s handy. You can give me a lift into town, save me driving myself. Maybe we could get some lunch”, try to resist because the whole lesson is sure to go to hell in a handcart because of the two-way conversation you will not be party to, yet may well be about you.
So think twice before you volunteer to train a young driver but you could volunteer to start them at an early age as a Young Driver. It make sense. Stay sane. Leave it to the experts. Geoff Maxted