At 11:30 last night I asked my 19 year old daughter what her plans for the evening were. She said she was going dollar bowling with her friends. The bowling alley is about 6 miles from our house. I countered that with the pouring rain I thought it would be better for her to stay in. She blasted me with typical teenaged diatribe to which I responded that she would feel pretty stupid if she wrecked her car going dollar bowling. With two and a half years of safe driving under her belt, I left the final decision up to her.MYmistake. 15 minutes after she left the house it was a done deal. Her car was wrecked after she hydroplaned on the local interstate. Thankfully and of paramount importance, she was not seriously injured.
Typical teenage accident: single vehicle loss of control with the vehicle leaving the roadway.
Cause: Lack of judgement. We can teach car control, teaching judgement is a bit more difficult. This will end up being an expensive lesson for her as she will be held fully financially responsible for all costs of the crash.
Of course to me, if the only cost of this incident is the loss of a 2003 Honda Civic, I'll view that as a free pass when compared to what the outcome could have been. Combined with the massive move up the learning curve it acheives for my daughter and we got off cheap.
I thought that the over 50 forum would be the best possible forum to place this post. Moms and dads, don't be afraid to say "not tonite" when your young driver wants to go out when you know better. I wish I had.
After spending all morning in the ER no bike riding today. The weather is still crap anyway.