Teen drivers and why my Dad will never let me drive – ever

by Leila on July 29, 2012

My Dad and I were talking about what it was like when I reached driving age and he told me it was pretty much the worst experience of his life. His annoyance started to ooze from his pores and I got that crazy Dad look from him like I was that teenager again.

I honestly couldn’t believe his statement that it was the worst experience of his life.

I then started to remind him of all the other stupid and horrible things I did in my youth and this somehow didn’t comfort him.

In my defense my Dad was the worst freaking instructor ever. Imagine Mr. Miyagi (silent and pushes you harder) and Samuel L Jackson (total badass and gets scary when loud) mashed up as your father figure giving you driving lessons.

Despite what Samuel L Jackson said in Pulp Fiction – It. Wasn’t. Cool.

He sat in the car, crossed his arms, glared at me and didn’t say a word.

I was so nervous I was going to screw up that I couldn’t concentrate. I reversed instead of pulling forward. I forgot to use my blinker. I came out of a shopping center parking lot too fast and the car made the THUMP SCREECH noise.

The whole time he just made this face –

He is terrifying!

This horrible experience lasted all of 15 minutes and he signed me up for driving school. This was mandatory to get my permit but he made me take the extended course twice. TWICE!

To this day my Dad still won’t let me drive when he is in the car and I am fine with that.

Toyota has a program for Toyota Teen Drivers – This program not only helps teen drivers but also helps parents become great co-pilots for their kids. I told my Dad about this program and suggested we took the course so we can one day learn to drive together.

He laughed at me and said if I can survive the course with my daughter then he will consider it. Maybe.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Toyota Women Influencer Network aka TWIN. I was not compensated for this post or participation in the program.

About Leila DontSpeakWhinese

Leila, aka The Ninja, is the advocate for all things not whining. Parenting is fun when everyone stops b*tching! She is the Mom of a big blended family of five awesome kids. They ninja kick through life together. Oh and she is a total jackass.

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Sarah @ The Fence July 30, 2012 at 10:15 am

This is hilarious!
But what a great idea… tips for PARENTS who are teaching kids to drive. That’s genius!
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Amy July 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Too funny! I think I’ll be driving Emma to and from work when she has her career going anyway- so I’m not too worried;) I vividly remember the lessons my mom gave me in the parking lot of Harbor Freight by our house…I also remember when she let me drive home on the freeway when I was a tad more seasoned of a driver, she kept saying”oh wow Amy look at that,” while I kept screaming, ” I AM DRIVING!!!! I can’t look at ANYtHING!!!!!!!” ahhhh the joys of parenting;)


Jake November 29, 2013 at 12:22 pm

It killed me that my father wouldn’t let me drive his car when I needed a license. I really wish there was a driver’s education school in the area that provided adult education (driving practice) and could provide a vehicle for the driving test. That could have saved a lot of trouble with the thread bare relationship with my father who absolutely positively did not want to ever let me drive his car during the last three years I lived with him.


Jake December 28, 2013 at 9:12 am

I remember the first time my father let me use his car. I was twenty three. It took me until I was twenty two to find someone that would let me drive their car (I’d had a permit for seven years!). I’ve lost friends over asking them if they would help me get a driver’s license. I really wish there were more areas were you can get adult driving instruction (driving practice).


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