Update: intern finds driving is not always easy

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By Lizzy Donker, BCN intern.

Editor’s Note: Lizzy Donker, an intern at Bryan County News, a high school student in Richmond Hill, got her driver’s license over the summer. Here’s an update and a hint: It hasn’t been a smooth race.

A few months ago, I officially got my driver’s license. You may have even read the article. A lot has happened since this article, so I thought it might be nice to give you a little update on how the driving is going for me. And, like most of the news you read, in fact, it’s not good.

Let me start on a positive note before I get into my real driving experiences. I have definitely improved my driving since my test and have practiced a lot (like it or not). And I was right about parallel parking. I’ve never had to actually use it yet. Okay, but other than my usual * fairly * successful driving, there have been a few incidents since I hit the road.

Let me start off by saying – Mom, if you’re reading this, now is the time to ask it.

Seriously, put the item down. There are some things that will only really make you lose sleep at night. And while I’m afraid you’ve already defied my wishes and are still reading, let’s consider the rest of this out-of-script and say I’m just making it up for the sake of the article.

In any event.

Okay, so, real conversation.

Backup – why did no one warn me that it would be so difficult?

And over the past two months, I’ve learned the sad truth that looking in your rearview mirror and praying to whatever God you believe you have enough room not to hit what’s behind you is just not enough to go around. You can ask for the metal fence I backed up into and the scratches on the back of my car (OFF SCRIPT, MOM!).

I also had the pleasure of experiencing hindsight in a boat firsthand. You think that something or someone in life would have prepared me for this situation.

Turns out some things drivers just can’t teach.

Just in case the scratches on the fence (and other experiences that I feel the need not to go into as my mom knows, in fact, where I live), weren’t enough to accessorize my car, it now has a hole in the back with the bumper partially disconnected to match!

Seriously, if my car was a boat it would sink, which I guess is my karma for hitting one.

Let’s just say this pumpkin and spice latte season ended sooner than expected because I’ll be using that money to pay for more fun things like a new bumper, and if I’m lucky, duct tape to cover the hole.

But you should see the other guy. Another takeaway from this experience: if you get back into a boat, even parked in your own driveway, don’t go. Even if you think it just left a scratch (which we both know it didn’t). Because it turns out that the jail time that comes with a hit and run is probably a better deal than the punishment your mom gave for doing a hit and run in your own backyard.

Not like I’m talking about anything from experience. But, seriously, I have to conclude because there are toilets to clean.

And, while we’re here, let’s clean the air. I also stuck my car in the mud. I mean, seriously, the only time I had the chance to back up without hitting something, I found myself in a knee-deep mud field.

And even though I couldn’t walk in that mud field without completely stopping my foot, the warning signs apparently weren’t there as I saw no problem reversing my car in said field (thanks Georgia for weekly tropical storms). And once my car was completely submerged in the mud, it really surprised me when the repeated tire slippage only made the situation worse. I can now verify that my car is towed out of my own backyard from my bucket list (because it was definitely there in the first place).

So I have learned a lot in recent months. I backed up in some things I wasn’t supposed to reverse in, stuck my car in some things it shouldn’t have stuck in, and honked about 20 times too many (if that was you and you are reading this, I hope you are feeling guilty, by the way). Long story short, they meant it when they said you learn from experience.

And the experiences that I have had. So, here are more future experiences to come, hopefully positive, and less car repairs (side note, I will be starting a go-fund myself to pay for damages, so donations are welcome).


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