The reason we left Scotland and started our nomadic life (of sorts) is because my late husband worked for an international car rental company whose tag line was”Let Hertz put you in the driver’s seat.” Are you old enough to remember this? Click here for an ad of the times.
Because of this my family used the phrase ‘who put you in the driver’s seat?” when somebody was being bossy or trying to lay down the law. Do you have phrases and comments peculiar to your family?
And when thinking of this it came to me that the men in our family Always want to be in the driver’s seat when driving the car. When my husband was alive he always picked up the car keys when we were leaving the house – even if the keys were to my car. Once he had his license my son assumed that he would drive us if his father were not around.
My son and son-in-law do the same thing still. And this week, my grandson picked up my car keys. But he didn’t get to drive as my car isn’t insured for anybody under 25.
I wondered whether this was a male thing generally or just peculiar to our family.
When I queried several friends they agreed that this was what happens in their families. So why I have to ask myself. And have no answer.
- Do men think nobody else capable of driving?
- Do they think we can’t find our way, with or without a map/satnav?
- Does it give them a feeling of power?
Perhaps you have an answer.
“If everything comes your way
You are in the wrong lane” Unknown.