Right now, I am on the case of first-time teen drivers. It is something of an obsession at the moment, since I'm organising a first car for my teenage offspring. I am drawing up shortlists of cars, budgets, getting insurance quotes and starting to worry. Not about how much it is going to cost me, that’s just money.
No, what I am concerned about is just how those newly qualified drivers are actually driving.
When I park up to pick up my teenager from sixth-form college (which hopefully I won't have to do once they have their own wheels), most days I see first hand how cars arrive and depart from the area. What I have noticed is that teenage boys are by far the most stupid. Now there’s a surprise, eh?
By contrast girls are super careful. No, really, they are. Mature and considerate. They take their time over each manoeuvre and you can see them looking around with a real sense of appreciation over what is going on around them. I hope they keep that up as they get older and don’t let texting and tableting get in their way.