Aren't there enough idiots on the roads already?

Yesterday, my eldest son, aged twelve and I participated in a story that aired on Channel 9 News last night, and again on the Today show this morning (I missed this one, so no idea how it went!)

Here’s a pic to prove it 😉

Anyhoo, the story was on a plan to introduce pre-teens (also known as ‘tweenagers’) to driving. As in cars, sadly, not the use of washing powder by the same name. The concept was initiated by the father of two young teenage boys, Eugene Arocca, who would like to see practical driving courses compulsory for kids from the age of 12 years. Which is how we ended up involved in the story.

I think the concept sounds a little more plausible using the term “pre-teen” but when “tween” is brought into the conversation, it kinda uses credibility.

I often find myself in awkward places with stories like this, because I neither think it is a brilliant nor utterly idiotic idea. Or, alternatively, I think it is both a great idea, and a dumb one. At the same time. It’s one of the many multitasking gifts I possess.

Of course, initially, the first reaction is “twelve year olds driving – are you nuts?!” but when you actually read the story, it is about introducing pre-teens to the concept of driving, familiarising them with cars, and giving them a taste of what it

2 Replies to “Aren't there enough idiots on the roads already?”

  1. Back when I was in primary school (holy crap, that was a LONG time ago!), some of the local high schools had a “driver ed” program that introduced (albeit slightly older than 12 year old) kids to road rules, taught them basic car maintenance (changing tyres, checking fluids, filling the tank etc), and gave them a one-on-one introduction on how to operate a manual car. By the time I started high school in 1984 I don’t think any of the schools still had the program, and I think my generation is poorer for it.
    I would really like to see the re-introduction of some sort of driver education, although I think I’d prefer them to be just a little older than 12 before they start the physical driving – many kids are still in primary school at that age, and I’d rather the first couple of years at high school be left to adjusting to being at “big school” and getting through that hormone hit! Maybe year 8 or 9 would be a good time to start that part of it, when the kids are all a little bigger and stronger.
    The rest of it though, and especially maintenance, should be started as soon as possible. And it would be great if parents and siblings of teenagers who have been killed in preventable car crashes could volunteer to come at talk to students about the impact of reckless behaviour on families.

    1. Ooh,yes – maintenance!

      I know so many people who can’t change a tyre (I know how but have never actually done it – nor had to do it) or know where, or what, a dipstick is or where to put the wiper water!

      “We have roadside assist!” is the catch cry. Don’t need it, no need to learn!

      Great points. Thanks Christie! 🙂

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