Son makes me a better driver
DRIVING home from the hospital with my new son was one of the most important events of my motoring life. Everything changed with Eli strapped in the back seat. I was more aware of dangers and I could feel his presence. A week later I still do, and friends tell me it does not change.
It was a big surprise because I have driven thousands of passengers over the years and, apart from trying not to look a fool in front of people such as Peter Brock, I have never thought much about the other people in the car with me.
Now I find myself thinking about car seats and road design and all sorts of safety stuff.
I’m already angry because the best car seats in the world, designed to the global ISO-FIX standard, are not available in Australia.
Most new cars have ISO-FIX anchorage points, which make it virtually impossible to fit a seat incorrectly, yet we are still waiting for this standard to be ratified. Why?
I’m also thinking about sun protection, the correct side to fit a capsule, how long I should drive between breaks, and so much more.
I’m also thinking about songs to sing when he gets older, putting ‘‘spotto’’ back on the list of favourite games and other ways to avoid the potential disconnection of too much DVD and iPod isolation on future trips.
Eli has done a great job for me and I’m sure he will make me a better, more considerate driver. I have to thank him and his mother, Ali.