For the last few years, whenever Cait’s been in the car with me, I’ve looked for opportunities to teach her about safe driving. I figure if I can slide in little tips and warnings over time, they’ll stick better and become automatic for her when she’s driving. It’s my chance to start her driver’s education early.
On a recent night, it was foggy and raining, which gave me the chance to explain why low beams work better under these driving conditions than high beams.
Demonstrating, I flicked the high beams on. “See how the light refracts off the fog and actually makes it harder to see?” I said.
“Yeah, I see that,” Cait answered.
“Now look when I put the low beams back on,” I said, flicking the low beams on. “See how you can actually see further than with the high beams?”
“Yeah, I see, Mom,” Cait answered.
I continued my demonstration at different points along the road. Low beams. High beams. Low beams. High beams.
Cait finally put her hand on my arm, looked at me, and said,”Got it, Mom.”
Um, yeah. So, if you’re driving around these parts in a few years, and a car’s coming through the fog with its high beams on, I guess it’s safe to say it won’t be my daughter.