Driving tips with Sydney

My daughter Sydney, 15, is in Drivers Ed class after school, about a week and half now. Unfortunately, she already knows more about driving than I do. AND,  she really likes to “test”  me for a good time. Fun, right?

*These are the conversations that take place.*

Syd: Mom, I got my Texas Driving Handbook today.

Me: Oh Yah, cool! (opens up flipping through, frowning – it’s kinda got a lot of pages) Hey!! Here is something on highway hypnosis! I always wondered why I got so sleepy on the highway. Says here,  the hum of the tires on the road can put you to sleep. I knew it! I knew I wasn’t just old.

Syd: (takes the book, finds a page, smirking) Mom, Do you know what sign is a Pentagon shape?

Me: Huh? Pentagon, what in the world? I never heard of such a thing.  Pentagon, hmmm, gotta have a bunch a sides, maybe a stop sign?

Syd: MOM!!! Stop sign is an OCTAGON. It’s a school crossing sign. ( laughs hysterically)

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Me: (shrugging) HA, Okay. I never noticed that before, like ever. (Whatever! GEE!)

Syd: What signs are in white?

Me: White? (White like snow)  Um, I don’t remember any signs in white. (What the heck?) White signs…white signs….I give up. What are white signs? *All I can think of is green road signs/street signs*

Syd: MOM,  SPEED LIMIT signs. White means information. Duuuuhhhhh! (snorts from laughing so hard)

Me: DOH!!! (Smacks forehead) I knew that.

Syd: (Smiling) What about brown signs?  What information is on those, huh?

Me: (okay, now she is just showing off) Brown? You know I’m kinda color blind right? I don’t remember any brown signs. I bet brown is hard to see at night.

Syd:  MOM!! Historical marker signs.

Me: Oh yeah!! Those are good, they tell history,  and stuff. Totally forgot about that.

Syd: How far  from a corner are you supposed to park?

Me: (HA! She told me this one the other night going to Sonic) 15 FEET!  HA!! *I have no idea how far that is by the way*

Syd: Yeah ,  Well how far away is an oncoming car when you should dim your bright lights?

Me: 15 feet?

Syd: No.

Me: 50 feet?

Syd: No.

Me: 500 feet?

Syd: Yes. (rolls eyes)

Me: (shakes fist in the air) HA! YES! In your face!! (can’t believe I got that on the third guess)

That’s all for today folks, stay tuned for the next episode of Driving tips with Sydney. It will be another embarrassing time lesson learned, plus I will tell you all about how Jason FAILED his first driving test. Gasp!!! You don’t want to miss it.

And remember, pay attention to the colors and shapes of those road signs! There will be a test later.


20 thoughts on “Driving tips with Sydney

  1. Correction- The white signs mean, Regulation not Information. Regulation means “State Laws, Ect.” Anotherrrrr correction- parking within 15 feet is of a fire hydrant, not a corner. A corner is 20 feet:)

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    1. Jaymie, I can’t believe I’ve survived in a city of 6 1/2 million driving around, knowing NOTHING. But then again, when I was 15 – I must have known how to drive. I knew everything! HA.
      It is fun, isn’t it? But when she gets behind the wheel with me in the car, I may change my mind about that.

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  2. Oh, God…I’ve got hives just thinking about having to take those danged tests. Why do they load all of those rules/regs into the minds of 15 year olds with the expectations that they are to remember them for the rest of their lives? I thought we just dimmed our headlights out of courtesy…I didn’t even remember there was a law about it! Pathetic, eh?
    Mindy
    http://www.thesuburbanlife.com

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    1. Mindy,
      I think they do it, so the 15yr olds can torture their parent. Oh wait, that can’t be it 🙂 I think as we age, we gratefully forget all that useless info. I don’t even know how far 500 feet is…yeesh. LOL.

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  3. although I’m sure it was only to read Josie’s hilarious post – I wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog, I love meeting new friends… 🙂

    I loved this post!!! I’m the oldest of 5 with a single mother and I got the enormous privilage of training all 4 of my siblings in drivers-ed… this was such a flash back for me. My baby sister is now 19 and it’s been a while but I SWEAR they wondered if I knew ANYTHING when I WAS TRYING SO HARD TO TEACH THEM TO DRIVE. (mostly so I wouldn’t have to drive them around everywhere 🙂

    Hang in there, but just so you know the written stuff is the easier part of this experience so buckle up and be safe – and just keep saying to yourself – someday she will drive ME everywhere ;)wink

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    1. FOUR? You taught FOUR? I am like bowing down in awe. WOW.

      I am *not* teaching her to drive. I already told her that. My boyfriend has so kindly offered. Me teaching her, BAD IDEA. I’m a terrible driver, not just the book, road driving. LOL.

      She knows this, like she knows not to bring me her math, or chemistry , or any other kind of homework that gives mommy a headache. (I sound like a terrible mother, but I promise I AM HELPING HER by this, haha)

      In the meantime, I guess she is doing me a favor by *helping* me learn what I missed skipping drivers ed.

      Seriously four????

      Loved your blog! Will definitely visit even when Josie is not there. 🙂

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  4. Our N2S just passed his driving test. We had tog o through this while he was learning but with much less humour! He was laughing….we weren’t. 🙂 I struggle to get onto Peggy’s blog but I am going see if I can bounce over on the link you’ve got on your sidebar.

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  5. Hooray – I’m so glad both my blogs are on your side bar so DJ can find me 🙂

    Ang – this is too cute. Go Syd! Teach your mama how to drive (finally! LOL)

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  6. THAT IS TOOOOOOOOOO FUNNY ANGIE!!!! I’M SOOOOOOOOO EXCITED FOR HER FINALLY LEARNING TO DRIVE!! NOW SHE CAN DRIVE US AROUND AND BE OUR LIMO DRIVER!!..LOL….I TOLD HER WHEN SHE COMES FOR CHRISTMAS I’LL LET HER DRIVE MY HONDA ELEMENT TO PRACTICE (ON BACK DESERTED ROADS OF COURSE!!) EVERY TIME I DRIVE BY A CAR LOT, I’M ALWAYS LIKE…SHOULD WE ALL GET SYD THIS CAR, NO MAYBE THAT ONE, NO SHE’LL LOOK CUTE IN THIS ONE AND STILL BE SAFE….HOW EXCITING THIS IS FOR ALL OF US!! OUR LIL’ SYD IS GROWING UP!!! SO WISH MOM COULD BE HERE TO SEE WHAT A FABULOUS, BEAUTIFUL, SMART, FUNNY YOUNG LADY SHE HAS BECOME!! (INSERT TEARS IN MY EYES AND LUMP IN MY THROAT HERE) IT’S AMAZING TO SEE PARTS OF YOU, SONNY, ME AND MOM IN HER PERSONALITY!!! WE ALL LOVE HER SO MUCH!!! I HOPE SHE NEVER FORGETS THAT!!

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    1. Hi Cheli!
      I think she will be a very good driver. She is so consistently thorough and particular to get it right. She has heard all my driving horror stories. Her boyfriend drives very safe. I have complete confidence in her. She has grown into such a beautiful soul, representing us all. I am so humbled (big croc tears). What an amazing young woman.

      I wish Nana was here too, for Sydney and Tyler. She would have been in heaven, now she is looking down from heaven, loving every moment. Her spirit soars within Sydney. I am so proud to call you, Sonny, Kim and baby Tyler family. I love you all very much. Without you, I wouldn’t have her. My little miracle.

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