Towards the end of my summer stint with Teens Learn To Drive I booked a trip that was a combination wedding/min-vacation to Bermuda.
We touched down on a beautiful morning, armed with an activity-packed itinerary. First on the list was a scooter (moped) day, exploring the island.
Armed with a new way of looking at the road (from my TL2D experience), I opted out. I went through my mental checklist - brand new driver - CHECK, unfamiliar country with road rules I didn't know - CHECK and lastly, vehicle I had ZERO experience on - CHECK. It was pretty obvious to me that it wouldn't be a very safe decision for me. Unfortunately this wasn't so obvious a decision for others.
I understand the thinking. You're on vacation so live a little, right? Step outside your comfort zone. Wrong! This ended up being an awful vacation for one of people in our group. She decided to scoot around Bermuda - knowing she was a novice driver with little experience – knowing she didn’t know the roads or the rules – and with no scooter experience.
Then she made the incredible decision to TEXT AND SCOOT! That ended up in a collision that ruined her vacation and nearly ended her life. She fell and the scooter dragged her for quite a distance. Her arm and leg was stripped of skin and her face was scraped to the point where she will have scars.
Still - she is lucky to be alive! She will have to live with those scars that will be a sad reminder of a collision that resulted from a poor decision and could have been completely avoided.