Happy half term! We’ve been really busy planning a trip to Florida next week (it’s Mr English’s 50th while we’re over there too), and I spent the weekend in London with my friend Erica (more of this very soon). There’s also been more work on The Secret Special Thing that Cannot be Mentioned. All will be revealed soon, I promise.
This week, Charlie’s doing a lifeguarding course at the local sports centre to get his NPLQ (National Pool Lifeguard Qualification, apparently) so he can hopefully get a part-time job closer to home. This has involved driving him to Hemel Hempstead for an 8am start every morning, then picking him up again in the evening. This morning I said ‘blimey, it’ll be nice when you’re driving yourself’, but that in itself brings up even more problems.
I think we probably did it a bit wrong with Sam. We added him to my car insurance, which is convenient (still horrendously expensive) but they don’t build up any no claims discount of their own. He’s now at university, and because he had an accident in my car (just rear ended another car and luckily nobody was hurt), it’s made my insurance horrendously expensive. Plus, now he’s there he very rarely drives, so I’m saddled with sky high insurance while he swans about on the tube. Charlie is determined to save up and buy his own car (sadly nothing like the car he’s trying out in the picture haha), and wants his own insurance. Even talking about it this morning made me a bit sweaty. Two teenagers driving? I’ll never sleep! A lot of people are recommending these ‘little black box’ things. The ‘telematics’ can tell how well – or badly – you’re driving. More Than have one called Smart Wheels which is quite good as you get a discount if you drive carefully, but they don’t increase it or fine you in your first year at all.
What do you think? Do you have teenagers? And if so, how did you get them mobile? I’d love to hear what you think.