Family, Magnets

New Driver Please Be Patient!

azapolya / July 3, 2018
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You guys! Last week was a whirlwind!

We had two birthday’s to celebrate (my daughter and my dad’s). And, since my daughter turned 16, we took her to apply for her drivers permit (she passed!), open her first student checking account, and, on her own, she applied for her first job. Since then, we have spent a lot of time gripping the car door handle so that she can get in some road time. In Kentucky, new drivers need at least 60 hours of driving practice over a 6 month period. Oh how the times have changed since my early driving days!

The switch from teen to ‘young adult’ happened in the blink of an eye. My husband and I are both reeling from the shock, trying to figure out where time has gone. Can’t we space out the transition from childhood to adulthood just a little bit more? Sigh…

I digress…After my daughter and I celebrated passing the written test for her drivers permit, I let her take the wheel for a bit, down some back roads to get the feel for what driving was going to be like. She did a fantastic job, considering the only driving she had done before that was in the driveway at my parents house. Thankfully, the people that found themselves behind her on the road were patient; however, because she was driving slowly cautiously, the line of cars behind us increased greatly, which caused a bit of anxiety. She ended up pulling over and we switched drivers not long after that. Happens to the best of us though, right?

After that first jaunt through town, my daughter and I decided a sign was needed on the back of the car to help other people on the road recognize that it wasn’t an erratic driver behind the wheel, but a new driver. I know that whenever I see a Driving School car on the road, I find myself being a bit more tolerant of slower speeds and longer stops because the person behind the wheel is most likely a beginner.

So, as soon as we got home, I powered up my handy dandy Silhouette Cameo and created this for the car:

We know that not everyone will pay attention to the sign, or give her extra leeway, but it has helped to alleviate some of the stress she feels while practicing, and it’s helped some of mommy’s stress too. We figure now, when the sign is on,  if someone honks or gets frustrated with her they’re just being mean. Ha!

Because the sign is magnetic, once she is more comfortable with driving we can easily remove it and save it for our next child (7 more years).

Putting one of these signs together is a breeze.  Here are the supplies you need if you would like to try and make your own:

  • Silhouette Cameo or other vinyl cutting machine
  • Magnetic Duct Covers (I used 5″ x 12″ covers)
  • Oracle 651 Vinyl Colors of choice (I used yellow for the background color and black for the letters)

Not interested in making one? You can buy one through our Etsy shop.

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