Teaching My Oldest Daughter How to Drive

This is another special occasion milestone in my life as a dad: teaching my oldest daughter how to drive a vehicle. I've been driving for over 20-years and have been trained by some of the best drivers in the world, while I was in the SEAL Teams. One being Josh Hall a consecutive winner of the 'Baja 1000' for team HUMMER. In addition, I have driven in a wartime environment, so naturally, I would not have it any other way but to conduct my daughter's first lesson in a truck and on a dirt road, riddled with bumps, rocks, dust, ruts and ridges.

Safety was always paramount.  I would have her conduct drills, while sitting in my parked truck of breaking, looking around and checking her mirrors.  I would run scenarios around her like playing the music loud and turning the air vents up high, so she had to correct the situation.  once I felt she had a decent grasp of the interior side of the vehicle, I would walk around the vehicle and have her understand the blind-spots.  I would ask her when she was able to see me walking behind the truck and explain to her that if I was a another car, she would've collided with me if she only relied solely on her mirrors (looking around was imperative).

I made sure she understood that driving is a privilege (hence the driver's license) and the vehicle is first and foremost  a transportation tool. It's not a race car or music concert platform.  People die and get maimed for life in vehicles every minute of every day.  Just because she's sees a car commercial of a professional driver driving fast on a curved road, doesn't mean she can do the same.

She attained her license with high marks and is a defensive and safe driver.  It's the other drivers that worry me these days.  I consistently tell her that just because the stop light turns green that you have to immediately go.  Still look left and right to ensure no one else is running a red light.  Let the people behind you honk their horns to their heart's content.  If they're in such a rush, they can go around you (hopefully not into a person running a red light).