Live-blogging from mandated parent-teen 2-hour course on Connecticut rules for a graduated license. The setting is All-Star Driver, Watertown, Connecticut. There are more than 90 locations throughout the state.
Some of the teens in this class have already driven a lot. Others haven't been behind the wheel yet. But the emotion that's palpable is teen sense of invulnerability. That's why All-Star Driver instructor uses a cool tone when he tells teens that in practice driving with parents the latter have plenty of experience on the road. Therefore, "don't push back."
The teens push back on Scott. They believe that they know or will know better than the parent. Scott shifts to telling the parents that they themselves present a distraction to the newbie driver. One parent liked that. She joined in the conversation telling the anecdote of the sister-in-law who had the serious accident because she didn't respond in an emergency. She reacted.
This blogger feels old. Youth does control the world.