I'm just happy that the call this afternoon from my wife, a fender bender my 16 year old daughter was involved in, was to let me know everything was okay and the man she backed into just wanted to talk about how to deal with the minor damage. All 3 of my daughters were unhurt and the gentleman driving the other car was understanding ,so no police, no insurance and no screwing up of my brand new driver's record. It was a blessing and I am blessed.
My son totaled a car in January. Icy streets, 8 inches of snow, no control, 15 MPH in a 25 and the officer threw the book at him. Simply for the crime of being 16 years old +1 day. In Iowa you have no rights as a 16 year old driver and he is suffering the consequences of bad roads and a (sorry) prick for a cop. His sister backed into a man driving his son's car. The son, 31 now, got completely screwed over by an adult for the same type of situation when he was 17. Mad is a good driver and bumped the right guy. I thank God for little favors.
Sunsets are great, but meeting people who understand kids are kids and sh@# happens is so much better at this point in my life. Had her license for 3 weeks and ran into a situation you can't prepare for, the worst thing is the person who caused it probably doesn't even know it happened.
I used to think Iowan's knew how to drive. Now I know it depends on where you were raised. In Des Moines, wear a helmet and mount a camera on your dash, you'll be glad you did.
*** Edited to fix my usual missed word and modifiers. ***