In the State of Iowa, you can't get your driver's license at 16 unless you've taken a driver's education course. As part of this education, the instructor brought in a highway patrolman to warn the kids of the dangers of driving. They got extra credit points for bringing a parent, so away I went.
I agree in principle with the state trooper's message. Kids are overconfident about their driving abilities and easily distracted by friends, music, or text messages. His delivery, though, was convoluted and disorganized. The grisly pictures everyone expected didn't make an appearance until the last five minutes and then I'm sure they've seen worse online and in the movies.
Two hours later, I made my way home. Daughterling had a meeting for another class, so I drove solo. About a half mile down the road, I noticed a spider on the windshield. The wrong side of the windshield. And he was moving.
I don't do bugs. Ordinarily a bug in the car is grounds for a complete freak-out. The humiliation of getting into a crash after a driver's ed meeting helped me ignore the beast...somewhat. I kept most of my attention on the road, but the bugger disappeared just before I pulled into a convenience store parking lot and I never did find him.
That didn't stop me from poking around the dashboard like a fool in the parking lot or toting a flashlight down to the garage later to give it a second go.
I just hope he's not off having babies in my air vent...cuz the safety of drivers in Eastern Iowa depends on it.