Friday, August 5, 2016

Alex's First Night Of Hwy Merging


Song:  Run Like Hell

Group:  Pink Floyd





We started out this night's driving lesson at 10 PM...
 as I wanted the traffic to be light on the highway so we could practice merging.

I had Alex drive us from one highway on and off ramp to the next. 

I had him experience differing highway exits and entrances so he would know 
the many types that he would be facing.

Starting tomorrow...
we will concentrate on just two highway exits so he could just concentrate on merging.

We are going to practice many nights of highway merging.



The highway, for the most part, was pretty empty...
with the exception of one section which had quite a few trucks on it.



Between highway ramp practices...
I had Alex gas up the car.


Alex going towards the city...
just to turn around from one off ramp...
to return to another one near home.

Alex had merged on the highway at least 10 times during this one hour practice session...
and we had covered over 50 miles.


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During one green light where Alex had to negotiate a turn just prior to an on-ramp...
one Bozo had run his red light and entered the on ramp just ahead of Alex.

I had seen him...
and I told Alex to slow to allow him plenty of room.

That Bozo's cavalier attitude towards other's safety led to visions in my head
of him learning to respect others through a particularly vigorous 
percussive lesson at my hands.

Feeling much better after mentally venting...
I could only shake my head...
knowing that the Bozo had a weak or absent father growing up.

A true father teaches his children to respect others...
not just through their words...
but especially, through their actions.


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Tonight's lesson had Alex having to learn some very important lessons...
but we may now just concentrate on merging for a while.


Merging, and four way stops...
so many drivers simply freak at the thought of having to do these...
and so, execute them so poorly.

It comes down to them having never mastered them.

Alex is going to master these skills from the beginning...
as they are so important.














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