A Word with You – September 4, 2020

It Isn’t Real Until It’s Behind the Wheel

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My teenage son was learning to drive. He had completed the classroom portion of Driver Ed. and he was very interested in getting some “behind-the-wheel” experience.

One afternoon he wanted to shoot baskets in the driveway behind our house, and he said, “Dad, would you move the car?” I said, “No, why don’t you move it?” He stammered, and said, “Yeah, why don’t you move it?” So I got in the car with him and I said, “Okay, what do you do first?” He said, “Put on your seat belt.” I said, “Great! Okay.” Well, we’re only going 12 feet, but “Good. And then what?” He said, “Put it into gear.” I said, “What do you do first?” He said, “Put it into gear.” “What do you do first?” “Oh, put your foot on the brake. That’s right.” Well, we had a very interesting little maneuver going on there.

He did manage to back it up and kind of pull it up the driveway without taking out too many trees. Afterwards he said, “Well, Dad, classroom’s one thing, but, you know, doing what they taught us? That’s a little different. I mean, I know how to drive, but there’s going to be a big difference between classroom and behind-the-wheel isn’t there?” Yeah. Uh-huh. Of course, classroom has no purpose unless you do put it to work behind the wheel. I mean, it’s easy to learn a theory; the challenge is to use it on the road.

© (c) Ronald P. Hutchcraft
Distributed by Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc.

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