Monday, August 15, 2016

Alex Drives To Pyramid Lake


Song:  New Horizons

Group:  Moody Blues




This was today's route.

The blue dot to the left of Reno is our neighborhood.

Alex drove from home, to Pyramid Lake, and back.

The blue route is the way we took out...
and the grey route is the way we took back.

Alex's route today was a total of 156 miles and over 3 hours of drive time.

There were several specific lessons I had taught Alex on this trip.

I will go over them when the appropriate picture is presented.


It was almost 5:30 PM when we left home.

This was us heading out of Reno towards Pyramid Lake.

I wanted Alex to experience a more crowded expressway than he was used to...
one filled with RVs and trailers.


It was only crowded until we went past a small outlying town just outside of Reno.


For the rest of the trip...
the road opened up to where it had become rare to see other cars.

I had Alex turn on his lights.

I had told him that there are many 90 degree intersections on country roads...
and that it is very difficult to see cars on the road from such intersections...
because there is very little perceptible motion for the drivers to see...
as the cross traffic is going directly towards them.

That is why he needs to drive with his lights on in the daytime on country roads.







We are getting ready to depart this small overview of the Southwest side of Pyramid Lake.


We are skirting the Southern portion of Pyramid Lake here.


 Just a little ways down this part of the road...
these were some restrooms.

They were located on a gravel and sand area.

I have been coaching Alex on how to approach soft shoulders and gravel and sand 
stopping areas from a road.

I especially impressed upon him that the speed of the car must be brought down to 10 MPH 
BEFORE one leaves the road for such areas...
as the car will easily slide if one tries to slow down ON such surfaces.


Momma Bear had to make a pit stop  :)


Alex and I just waited outside and looked around.


We are heading out.



This is the very southern tip of Pyramid Lake.


This is one of two major stores near Pyramid Lake which sells 
all kinds of fireworks year round.

There are designated fireworks shooting areas at the lake.

All types are sold...
all the ones which are illegal in most states
are legal here because it is on Native American Indian land.


We were heading up the East side of Pyramid Lake.




We stopped at our favorite lake view area...
however, we had arrived 30 minutes early (for the sunset)...
so, we went driving North for another 15 minutes. 


This is a view from where we had come.



I have been teaching Alex about blind intersections and corners.

I also showed him blind vertical curves...
and why the passing lines for roads don't break on the side where there are any present.


This was just on the other side of the blind vertical curve...
and I explained why the passing lines were presented on the downside of the hill.


Today was also the first time I had taught Alex about the cruise control.

I had him practice setting and cancelling the cruise function...
and how to reset previous speed stops and how to set new speeds.


We then went back to our favorite viewing spot.














With the colors of the sky retreating...
Alex gave a sword salute to the sky...
and we left for home.



I also taught Alex the use of brights and when and where one should 
and should not use them.


We finally got back on the main highway...
and in a relatively short period of time... 



...we reached Reno.



Alex had done very well during his training drive to, and from, Pyramid Lake.


Although he has only been driving for 2.5 weeks...
he has been learning through a steadily progressive format based upon
 simplicity and forwardness of thought, and repetition of the basics...
coupled with plenty of reaction time ensured by placement of the car 
at least 3 seconds travel time behind any car forward
 and with as few cars to the sides or rear
(driving in the bubble).

Done on a daily basis...
there is no backsliding of skills.

Each day brings reinforcement of old skills...
and when I perceive them as becoming automatic...
new skills are then taught.


My plan is to teach Alex on a daily basis...
at least one hour a day...
and with at least one long training drive every weekend...
for the next two years...
before he gets his license...
and to then get him enrolled in a professional's driver's course...
one which involves skid pad training and high speed cornering...
so he will be able to know how to handle radical driving circumstances... 
before he finds himself in one...unprepared.

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My job is to teach him how to prevent getting himself into such 
emergency situations in the first place.

I have two years of daily training to thoroughly prepare him.

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How many life skills are so often life and death in daily application?


I had been dreading the time when Alex began to drive...
not because of him not being mature or unsafe in anyway...
but because of the number of meatheads in this world
with profound disrespect for the safety of others on the road.

As this is a necessary skill to master...
putting it off only subtracts from the time 
I could teach Alex how to master driving skills...
and how to drive defensively...
always preparing himself for the numbskulls who run red lights or stop signs...
or those who pretend they are race car drivers on city streets...
by constantly monitoring his surroundings through his peripheral vision
for any breaks in patterns of motions...
especially that of speed.


I cannot emphasize enough the great importance of thorough preparation
of a parent's children for driving safely.


1)   Get a 5 star safety rated vehicle for him to drive...
with ONLY enough horsepower to do the job

(you do NOT give an adolescent constant temptation to push a limit...
especially a safety limit...by giving him a sports or muscle car.
An adolescent's forebrain has not formed all the full connections 
necessary to inhibit stupid and dangerous actions.
That is why they are adolescents (until age 25 or so)...
and in my case...until age 40 or so  :)



2)  Give him daily driving lessons at the earliest possible age...
and for as long as possible.


Expose him to varying conditions of climate, road conditions...
extreme travel times...etc...
all under a progressively applied teaching format...
ON A DAILY BASIS.


Make time...
there simply is nothing deadlier to a teenager in the USA...
than himself driving or riding in a car...
without the driver having had adequate training.


Do what you have to do to deeply impress upon your child 
the deadly seriousness of training...
one where each lesson is looked upon as a giver of life...
in a potential sea of death.



Always remember:

School work teaches how to eventually make a living.

Driver Training teaches how to keep on living...
to make that living.











4 comments:

  1. You are doing a great job, giving Alex regular opportunity to practice, exposing him to many different conditions, and instilling the critical things he needs to keep in mind. That you can do all that while driving to such beautiful, scenic sights, well, that is just a fantastic bonus!

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    1. Alex is really learning very quickly. He likes the long weekend drives to new locations. Tomorrow we go to Lake Tahoe for lunch.

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  2. Beautiful pictures! and grown-up Alex!

    Thank you for your comment to my blog. Is that a proverb or something like that?
    Anyway, I went for a drive to Kyushu for three days. I'll write about it.

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  3. Thank you for visiting. Yes, Alex is growing up so quickly. In just a couple of more years...he will be going full time to a university. I am looking forward to seeing pictures of your trip.

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