I was a late-in-life driver. There were a number of reasons why that is, but when it was time for me to learn what to do behind the wheel, my parents were not available to teach me. So, my Mom got me a driving instructor. (Thanks, Mom!)…Continue
Learning how to drive and getting out on the roads is yet another step into the adulthood your teenage son or daughter will eventually make. As…Continue
Added by Helen Shep on July 21, 2017 at 10:20am — No Comments
Last week I wrote about nagging your teen into being a safe driver. Maybe you won't need to worry about that after all. As it turns out, we have less teen drivers today than we've had in…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on April 19, 2016 at 6:21am — No Comments
My son really, really wants to start the car for me.
He is equal parts excited and unsure in this request. But excitement quickly overrules everything when I say yes.…
Added by Lauren Markman on April 13, 2016 at 6:18am — No Comments
When I turned thirty, my world shrunk drastically. I took a road trip with my three year old from North Florida to the Appalachian mountains in my 15 year old crappy Toyota van to visit another single mom friend. We never made it to the mountains. Instead, the van’s electrical…Continue
Added by MamaMadHatter on February 26, 2016 at 9:39am — No Comments
My son likes to tell me that when he grows up he is going to get a house about a block or two away and he and his wife will ride their bikes over every day to eat dinner with us. And although I am not sure what his future wife will think of that plan, it sounds perfectly reasonable to me. I would never prevent my son from moving away from me, but I would be thrilled to have him within easy visiting range in adulthood.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 29, 2015 at 6:24am — No Comments
I was in my late teens when I started driving.
And I have never thought about this before now, but I saved my mother a large amount of money by not getting my license sooner. I didn't know this, but the average married couple's car insurance rate…
Added by Lauren Markman on August 14, 2015 at 6:26am — No Comments
With all the television that I watched as a child, I recall there being an awful lot of Public Service Announcements. There was the egg one about your brain on drugs (and the other drug one where the frying pan destroyed the kitchen), and all the more you…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on April 13, 2015 at 6:29am — No Comments
We have two cars in our household. One is my husband's (the DaddyWagon) and one is mine (the MommyBus). I use my car to go to work, sit in traffic, drop our son off at school and run errands on the weekends.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 29, 2014 at 6:18am — No Comments
Added by bobbi keener on November 1, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments
My son and I are on the way to the grocery store and my phone dings. I ignore it. It dings again. Then my phone rings. Normally, I have Bluetooth enabled in my car, but it is off right now, so I don't answer the phone. My son asks me why I don't answer the phone and my answer is, "Because I'm driving and people can wait."…
Added by Lauren Markman on October 13, 2014 at 6:38am — No Comments
I would like to issue an overdue apology to my five roommates in college: I'm sorry I wouldn't answer the phone. Back in the pre-cell phone days (you know, when dinosaurs roamed the earth), a call would come into the dorm room phone, and I wouldn't move to answer it.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on August 11, 2014 at 6:48am — No Comments
I'd like to issue a long-overdue apology to each of the five roommates I had in college: I'm sorry that I did not answer the phone when it was ringing. I knew that it drove you crazy, but I was absorbed in something else/didn't feel like talking to anyone, and thus, did not answer the phone.
One of the many reasons we moved was to shorten our commute time. So, although I find myself driving less miles, I find that I am in the car for the same amount of time as I used to be (or sometimes for longer). Every morning and evening, I sit in traffic and look at the other cars around me: I see angry, frustrated drivers who are endangering everyone around them by not using turn signals when merging; I see sleepy drivers who are…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on April 11, 2014 at 6:24am — No Comments
Are you planning on traveling this Christmas? If so, you should make emergency plans in case of inclement weather derail your best laid out plan. Winter storms can make traveling dangerous especially in…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on December 7, 2013 at 9:27pm — No Comments
We all know by now that stupid situations are drawn to me like white on rice. I honestly don't seek them out. They just somehow always find me. And this probably explains why my 2012 SUV accidentally found its way into an antique auto show over this past weekend. Only me, right??!…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on October 17, 2013 at 10:35am — No Comments
** It's gotta be a scientific fact that kids are 10 times crazier in the summer.
** Kicking your own ass is harder than having someone else kick it for you.
** I'm not above napping in public.
** Someone needs to punch me the next time I decide that 4 weeks without summer camp is a good idea.
** Since we didn't win…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on August 9, 2013 at 10:21am — No Comments
Many of us probably remember the joy of having our very first car. Getting our driver’s license was a good feeling of control, the freedom of being behind the wheel without supervision was as exciting as it was scary!
It is a very exciting and scary time for your teen as well and you really need to consider what type of car you want them driving while they are so inexperienced. The additional expense of a new car probably doesn’t sound like a great idea right now so I wouldn’t advise…Continue
Added by Zoey Maldonado on July 22, 2013 at 3:27pm — No Comments
** Mornings love me WAY more than I love them.
** This week's heat wave has made being a nudist seem a whole lot more appealing.
** I get more stupid with…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on July 19, 2013 at 6:45pm — No Comments
Once upon a time in a faraway land
Came 4 funny Dutch farmers with a little time on their hands
They all agreed to go for coffee at ole Joe’s shop
They all left their four houses; drove down the road, then came to a stop.
They came from the four corners of their country farms,
From the north, south, east and west,
All heading to Joe’s not causing any harm.
But when they met each other on that old country road
They knew they were in a…Continue
Added by Lisa Jochim on March 5, 2013 at 2:25pm — No Comments