It occurred to me, as I was driving down the road this morning and thinking about our much-beloved granddaughter, who recently got a ticket for driving through a red light, that getting that ticket was a good preparation for life for her, because of all the amazing considerations one must deal with in simply going through an intersection, even in a quiet neighborhood.
For instance, as we approach an intersection, are we in the correct lane; are we turning here or going forward; if turning, which way and are we in the proper lane for that turn? Is there a traffic light, and if so, at what position is it: is it green or red or yellow – go or stop or wait? Is our approaching speed appropriate or not? How far away are the people behind us? In front of us? To either side of us? And are there any pedestrians? If there is a stop sign, is it four-way or two-way, and what is the order of process – who goes next? Because stop signs really require attention as to taking turns.
An automobile is a very powerful machine, even a very ordinary model such as we drive. It is bigger than a bread box, very heavy, very capable of being a problem if we put it in the wrong place, particularly if we are going at the wrong speed for the situation.
Almost every element from our position to speed to where everyone else is has to be assessed and re-assessed constantly and it is simply not easy. And if we are not careful, we could suffer injury to ourselves or we could cause injury to someone else.
And if all of that doesn’t also apply to all our other activities in navigating through life, what would?