My husband and I made a deal when the girls were young.Â I would teach them about the birds and the bees and he would teach them how to drive.Â He is much more patient than I am.
Basically, as soon as I get in the passenger seat with a teenager, the volume of my voice increases exponentially with the speed of the vehicle being driven.Â Oh, and I admit to throwing in a few choice words, too.
Sunday, we had this.
Monday, we had this.
We haveÂ three teenage drivers in the house, and we have had one car for them to share.Â Our poor, little 97 Honda – we have probably spent 3x more to repair the various fender benders over the years than we paid for the car.Â (The good news – we have never had more than fender benders.Â No one has ever been hurt, and for that we are eternally grateful).
This latest incident essentially caused NO damage to the car that the kid rolled into, but caused $1,900 in damage to this one.Â I don’t even think the car is worth that much.Â Ouch.
Now, here is our dilemma – do we fix it yet again?Â Oh, and did I mention that it has a persistent oil leak that has also cost us more that we paid for the car to get it repaired not repaired?
My husband has decided to have the girls research, find, and buy aftermarket parts and then have them help him to repair it.Â That will probably take awhile.
In the meantime, it looks like I will be carting three kids around to activities and work.Â I am still kicking myself for not driving them to school yesterday morning.Â Of course, I didn’t know what I was talking about with that suggestion until about 5 minutes after they left the house.
The funny thing is that this accident was NOT due to the terrible road conditions.Â The kid just rolled into the car in front of her because she was anticipating rather than waiting for it to actually pull out into traffic.
Something I Won’t Miss – teenage drivers.Â And their auto insurance bills.Â Of course, by the time we get them off our insurance, our rates will go up because we will be in a new risk category – senior citizens!