Last night my son Josh took part one of a two part driving course for people who are first time drivers. On the way home he told me some of the tips he got in part one. The instructor asked them what you should do if someone is tail gating you. Josh said the class was silent for a painfully long time until one girl, probably afraid they would be stuck there all night if someone didn’t come up with an answer said, “speed up or slow down.” The instructor said, “You could do that, but here’s what I do…” and then went on to give them this bit of advice. “When someone is tailgating you, keep looking in your rear view mirror” (um, hello? Eyes on the road?) “until you make eye contact with them and then give them a look.” “Or,” he added, “do what my friend does and once you have eye contact, pull out your cell phone and pretend to make a call and they’ll think you’re phoning the police and they’ll slow down.” Eyes on the rear view mirror and on a cell phone. What could go wrong with that scenario?
I asked Josh if everyone was his age in the class. “Mostly,” he said, “there’s one old guy, white hair and wrinkles, must be about 40.” I’d like to be able to say that he, knowing I’m 43, was messing with me but sadly that was his true, 16 year old perspective. Old. Wrinkled. MUST be 40.
I’m talking to a plastic surgeon and personal trainer later this week and coming up with a plan.