Pretty soon you will be getting behind the wheel of the Yukon XL without your dad or I climbing into the passenger seat beside you. (If I am crying, just hand me a Kleenex and pat me on the shoulder.) I knew that this day would come sooner or later, and there are some things that I want to share and/or reinforce with you before that day comes.
Driving is a privilege: Carrying a brand new license with your sparkly-eyed, excited picture in your wallet will not entitle you to using the car whenever or for wherever you feel like going.
Driving is a convenience: Having your driver's license will (hopefully) be helpful to your dad and I. You can drive yourself to meetings, friends' houses, the grocery store, and wherever else that will save us some time.
Driving is a responsibility: Getting into a car and driving it as a law-abiding, sign-watching, responsible teenage boy will take forethought and maturity. Remember to put your seatbelt on as soon as you get in the car. Practice doesn't make perfect, Practice makes Permanent. Keep your eyes and your mind on the road. There are so many distractions when driving, so even fiddling with the radio, checking out a cute girl, rummaging around for a piece of gum, taking a drink of your Gatorade, or talking to someone else in the car can distract you enough to make a mistake. And do as I say, not as I do.
Driving takes practice: Even though you have a shiny new license burning a hole in your wallet, that doesn't a professional driver make. You will constantly be improving and learning as you are behind the wheel. Take it slow. Watch for pedestrians, especially kids. They are short, and don't show up in your windows and mirrors. Check behind you, beside you, and in every mirror and out every window, and then check again. Try not to be in a hurry, and leave with plenty of time to get to where your going. And most importantly; beware of other teenage drivers. Don't try to show off to or one-up any other drivers on the road.
I know this sounds like my usual lecture, but I'm only concerned because I love you. And because I want you to learn from
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