Waiting On The Sun

The air was moist and cold. My windshield was misted from the rain being kicked back from the cars ahead of me. There was a sort of fog that engulfed the parkway. Given the circumstances, I more than likely should not have had my camera in my hand taking the photo, but I couldn't help myself. Moments before the image, I thought to myself, "What if someones breaks give out and they lose control down the parkway? What if there's a secluded puddle that someone unfortunately hits and goes skidding across the road? What if that happens to me?" With no radio and a dead phone, all I had was scattered thoughts and downtime on waiting for the next moment to capture. It occurred to me then how heinously some people drive when the weather takes a turn for the worst. Favorably, my father was a great driving coach.

I recall a time when my dad told me to get in the Jeep, right after a big sleet shower. Keep in mind, my Jeep has 32" tires and are super meaty, so rain is my greatest enemy. He took me to an abandoned area that had pockets of rain and sheets of ice. No doubt the worst circumstance for driving practice. Anyways, I took pistol (driver) and he instructed me to start driving. Almost subsequently, the Jeep began to glide. I gripped the wheel as tight as I could, white knuckled, and my eyes were scanning the foreground attempting to find some balance. I felt a warm hand on my shoulder, and it was my dad telling me to calm down and try again; we weren't in any danger of crashing. Because of that day, I became a much more experienced driver and am more attentive to the road. Given the number of accidents per year, it makes me wonder if other people are as encouraged by their guardians to practice this safety.

Each year, approximately 1,259,000 accidents happen due to rainy or unfavorable weather. Is it because of the lack of training or anxiety from driving that makes this happen? It's unknown. However, I believe that not only did my dad's guidance teach me a supportive life lesson, but it strengthened our bond. Parents need to tutor their children in the worst circumstances so that they know how to react in the time it happens. Could parents save the road? Possibly.