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Carol Perkins: Knocking off mirrors on SUV's

"Even with sensors," Carol says, "mirrors are never far from danger"
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By Carol Perkins

Our son Jon takes his kids and Carla's son J.C. on a road trip each summer, visiting baseball parks and attending professional games. Last year, they went to Chicago, and this year to Cleveland to see the Indians vs. the Yankees, visit the Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame, down to Cincinnati for a Reds' game and then to Kings' Island. Being outnumbered by boys, Eme brought a friend, so Jon had five kids to keep track of under the age of fourteen. (His wife came for the Cincinnati game and King's Island.) Guy went last year but vowed he'd rather have a tooth pulled than go to Kings' Island. "Have fun," he smiled as they drove off without him.

Jon drives a truck and a Ford C-Max Hybrid, both too small for so many people, so it was only right that I offer him my SUV for the trip. "Mama, you drive my car anywhere you want, but let me show you some things about it. For one thing, you will start it, but it won't sound like it's started." He was right. "Oh, and please don't knock off the mirrors when you back out of the garage." I laughed at first, not getting his meaning. How could I knock off his mirrors in this little thing?

Later, we went to town in his car, and I told him he needed to pull over because I heard an ambulance. "There's no ambulance," he said looking in his mirrors. I was sure I heard sirens. A few minutes later, I told him the same thing. "You need to see where the ambulance is coming from and get out of the way." It occurred to him that what I was hearing was the sound his car makes when he increases the speed. "That would drive me crazy."

"It wouldn't drive you crazy if you got 34 miles per gallon. I have saved $400 a month on gas since I bought this car. (His daily drive is about an hour each way in traffic.) For its size, it was top of the line in safety features, but much too small to pit against a normal vehicle that might veer in my direction. Driving it made me a little insecure, but I admit that I liked being able to zip around more easily than I could in mine. When he returned from his trip, he asked, "Do I still have my mirrors?"

"What are you talking about? How could I possibly take off your mirrors as small as this car is? If I can get this big SUV in and out, I can get your car!" I was becoming a little indignant.

"Mama, I have seen both sides of the garage doors. The left frame has come loose from the wall, and the right one is chipped from top to bottom. Could that have been you?"

I knew the problem. "Oh, that happened with my Tahoe. (The first SUV I owned). I did the damage before I learned how to drive one; I can get the truck in and out now." I didn't tell him or Guy that the first time I drove my SUV through the garage door a few months ago, the mirror on my side hung on the rubber strip and left paint on the mirror, which I quickly wiped off.

"You are blaming the Tahoe? That old Tahoe; shame on it!"

The truth is that I have owned three SUV's and have caught the mirrors of all three on the frame around the garage doors. I vowed this time to be more careful backing in and out and to slow down both coming and going. The side sensors help, but even with those, my mirrors are never far from danger. I hate when my children think I'm incompetent!

Contact information:

(My new book, A Girl Named Connie, is available at Blossoms Florist and Boutique Unique, 507 Happy Valley Road, Glasgow, KY 42141, Phone 270-629-3597; the Edmonton/Metcalfe Chamber of Commerce, 109 E Stockton Street, Edmonton, KY, Phone 270-432-3222; and the Lighthouse Restaurant, 1500 Sulphur Well/Knob Lick Road, Sulphur Well Historic District, KY 42129. Phone 270-629-3597. And Also on

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