“Zhen, you need to learn how to drive so you can be independent and you can go places.” This is what I always hear from almost everyone that I know. My answer has always been consistent, “I am scared to drive ever since I had 2 car accidents, as a passenger and as a pedestrian. That’s okay. I don’t have to drive. Buses, taxis, trams and trains are readily available. Also… I will have 4 drivers in my family to drive me someday when I don’t have the strength and the memory to take public transport.”
True enough, my youngest son passed his L’s today. Yeheyyy! Well done, babyboy! (An endearment that we used as the English term for the Filipino word, balong or nakong, which means my child or my beloved son.)
My son would have taken his driver’s learner’s permit earlier if not for the pandemic. The VicRoads, the Public Transport body in Melbourne, Australia is enundated with bookings for learners. You must be at least 16 years or older and live in Victoria to apply. After you pass your test, you will have to complete 120 hours of driving lessons in all weather conditions and in all road conditions fully supervised by a driving instructor or a professional driver. Then you must complete 2 different levels of probationary driving in 3 years. Before one can get the professional driver’s license, they should have no demerit points and no accidents during their probation. I think this tough training for probationary drivers is good because they become more careful and more skilled in driving for everyone’s safety.
My son, I am proud that you passed your driver’s learner’s test. Follow your dad’s instructions and lessons in driving. He is the best driving instructor in the family. He has taught and trained your 2 older brothers well. They are safe and defensive drivers and I am sure you will be too… in time.
Passing a driver’s learner’s test is a sentimental event in your dad’s family because their dad was a taxi driver for more than 30 years. He was even the president of all the taxi drivers in our hometown. Your dad’s oldest brother followed the footsteps of their dad and became a bus driver, a company driver and a manager’s driver until he retired. Almost everyone in your dad’s family is driving their own car.
You are the youngest in the clan and today, you got your license like everyone else in your dad’s family, the family of drivers. I am sure that they are all proud of you.
Take care in driving, my son. Always treat the roads as your battlefield. Be safe, be alert and always use your common sense. I pray for God’s protection to be upon you. May He bless you with alert eyes, steady hands, good analytical thinking and strong body each time you are behind the wheel. Amen.
Jiayou, babyboy! I can’t wait for the time when you and I will go joyriding and stopping somewhere for coffee. I am proud of you, my son. Well done!