Teenage Driver

For those of you who have kids who are going to be old enough to drive soon, I’m about to show you some graphic and disturbing pictures. The children have been learning to drive the quad. Most of the time it’s OK but the eldest, the teenager is a bit of a Mario Andretti,  without the years of experience. Marietta was driving the quad when, as she put it, she got confused and hit the gas instead of the brake. The result, was that she wedged the quad into a tree trunk. Her sister, who was also on the quad, came running down the hill screaming (gleefully?) that Jules had the quad stuck in the tree. I redirected her to her father. That’s one of the perks of being a step-mom. Sometimes, you don’t have to deal. When Dave got up the hill, here is what he found:

I know that it doesn’t look like much but the ground is all sand and the tire is wedged under the tree trunk then dug into the sand. I knew it was good when Jules came back down the hill asking where the shovel was stored. The Boy, who is 9, thought that when his father (Dave, in case you are getting lost in the story) suggested getting a shovel, that they were going to use it to either, A) Beat the quad or B) Pry the quad off of the tree. My husband, sees this as a serious failure in his upbringing of The Boy, as he still hears his own father’s words echoing in his ears, “Use the proper tool for the job, son.” The “men” then spent the next half hour digging the quad out of the sand. Then Dave explained to his son that there are better tools to use if you are going to beat a quad or pry it out. That’s why we have baseball bats and pry bars.

In the end the tree took some minor damage and we have a new sand pit where the tires were. Moo sustained minor injuries on her chin from the full face helmet.

I think I’m going to have to have a talk with our young Marietta about getting control of the vehicle at low speeds before trying to go faster. Maybe we’ll set up an obstacle course so all the kids can hone their skills because my 16 year old Camry can not take a hit like the quad can.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. I read this while standing on line at Whole Foods today… Bad move, I was laughing so hard that I must have looked like a total lune. Thank goodness I had a phone in front of my face, in NY that automatically bumps up your sanity points.
    I used to work at a ranch in Truckee that used electric golf carts to transport goods (i.e. manure). The gas pedals stuck religiously, so you had to develop a talent for lifting the gas pedal up with one hand, while steering with the other and braking with your foot. One time I was backing up and forgot about the sticky gas pedal, and backed right in to a pipe pen. With a horse in it. FYI, you can move pipe fencing with an electric golf cart. Luckily no one was injured, but the horse was really confused as to why his stall had shrunk in size so much. After reading this entry I no longer feel so bad about this mishap; and I also think that crashing a small vehicle in to a random, inanimate object is a right-of-passage.

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  2. Posted by Moo on September 13, 2010 at 18:26

    Wow. One little think got left out. I injured with a little sctrach on my chin. it wasnt bad. but it still hurt.

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  3. Posted by ma / gramma on November 27, 2010 at 11:56

    And she warned them to “always wear your helmets!”

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  4. Posted by ma gramma on November 27, 2010 at 11:58

    PS…and thats all Im going to say about that.

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