Have you ever felt that you are in the front seat of an automobile but have no control? I have recently found myself in this situation many times over the last month as my first child of four has recently received her driver’s permit. There is a whole new level of fear and comfort that I have been experiencing through this “quality” time with my daughter, comfort mainly when we are back at home with the vehicle turned off.
This experience has really allowed me to reflect and acknowledge how something so normal in our daily lives, can be so dangerous if we do not have proper training and guidance. There are so many differing factors that my daughter and I have had to talk through. Driving is different through the hills and valleys of our back-country roads than it is on a straight highway or city street. We do drive different if it is sunny or if there is a risk of hydroplaning because of rain. The vehicle also handles differently if the roads are dry or icy and snow covered.
Without the years of driving and experiences, we would only be able to look at the book and say what driving should be like. Unfortunately, the driver’s education book is not able to guide us and offer the real time, real experience that we need to be successful in many situations.
This is also true with your financial future. We hear so many opinions that just may not fit your specific situation. It is important that you have a trusted driver next to you, to assist you in getting where you need to go. Don’t leave your financial future and legacy up to the twists and turns of the road or a sudden snowstorm. Have someone sitting in the front seat with you, someone that will provide you with the experience and composure that will be needed when life does not go by the book and the roads are not always dry with the sun shining.