|Ready for her first driving lesson|
THE PARTS OF THE CAR
Next we reviewed where the gas and brake are and I discovered that she had to look at her feet when selecting the needed peddle. I also discovered that Grace was going to insist that she needed both feet and preferably one on the brake, while one was on the gas. So we practiced, with ONLY her right foot....gas, brake, brake, brake, gas, brake....notice the peddle that I'm focusing on. Then I had her turn on the car and we practiced shifting between P-R-N-D and the importance of keeping her foot on the brake. (10 minutes)
|Almost to the church|
Finally I explained to her, that the Durango will go when she removes her foot from the brake and I suggested she try it without using the gas so she could use the brake to stop and get a feel for the brake...well, Grace had to look at her feet to find the brake and when she located, she applied it with all her might. I must tell you; I NEVER thought a person traveling at 3MPH could be thrown through a window of a car, but I now know it is probably possible...ALWAYS wear a seat belt, even in the driveway when rolling at 3 MPH. Lucky for me, Grace caught on to steering turns fairly well with only a few laps around the oak tree and the yard. Backing up seemed more challenging, but Grace had perseverance on her side....well, that and the fact that Grand-dad attached the porch hand railing to last a lifetime...yeap, can't even tell that she "nudged" it, while I said brake and she looked at her feet. (20 minutes)
ON THE ROAD
Grace was actually catching on very fast, except for looking for the brake and the gas, so I decided that she could drive the dirt road about a mile to where the church used to be beside the cemetery. This is where I was starting to wish for a hidden camera. It was becoming obvious that America's Funniest Home Videos would have received the video and just mailed us the prize money. The highlights of the 1.7 mile drive to/from the old church were the following:
- Discovering that Grace stops the car to sneeze or cough...or just when she needs a break from the fast pace of driving at 2 to 4 MPH.
- Grace drove so slow that the problematic neighbors were changing the signs along the road from "No Trespassing" to "No Parking".
- The old gravel road has branches that stick out. I reminded Grace several times to watch out for them. Finally I just let her hit a small protruding branch to which she declares, "I have to be looking out there too?!" as she motions to my side of the Durango. (40 minutes)