Manly Defensive Driving

Bumper CarsI had already retaken my defensive driving course and received the insurance discount.  Now it was time for hubby to take it, too.  Again, we opted for the online version.

Thank God we only have to do this once every three years!

NOTE:  For those who caught my poor math in the first story, let me explain.  The increase in the first month’s premium was $75, but that included a $20 processing fee for the annual renewal, and a $5 per month increase that was effective regardless.  The defensive driving discount is more like $50  a month, or $600 a years.  (Thank you, Archon, for pointing out my inadequacy.)

Right off, hubby could not get into the site properly.  He had no problem registering and having his credit card information credited, but the link to the actual course was not working.  He, too, had to engage “Live Chat.”

But then he wouldn’t sit at the computer and wait for the customer service rep’s response.  He had “other things to do” and “would get back to her soon enough.”

Then, he inadvertently chose the “phone verification” option instead of the “typing verification” option.  And couldn’t be bothered with actually calling when the verification prompt popped up.  More Live  Chat.

As he went through the various chapters, I would hear him yell to me, “What’s the answer to the question about … ?”  Or, “Hey, did you watch that video about … ?” (and he would then describe that video in great detail).  (Yes, dear, I took the same damn course!)

A little over halfway through, he decided to quit out for the day. I suspected that might be a mistake, but didn’t say anything.

Man vs WomanSure enough, the next day the course had reset to the very first chapter.  More lengthy Live Chat time.  More moaning and groaning:  “I have better things to do with my life!”  “Why didn’t you have any problems with the course?” (now, isn’t THAT just begging an answer which would start a husband-wife argument?)

At one point, I told him he could stop taking the course and that I would be happy to pay the extra money every month just to end the grief.

At another point, I decided that I really needed to go shopping for something, anything – RIGHT NOW.

But, finally, the final page loaded with the final 3-question quiz.  (“It won’t let me go on – what should I do?”  (Just answer the damn questions, dammit!) )

And we were done! Half an hour later I was able to download his certificate, which I then faxed over to our insurance agent.  The premiums are back where they used to be.


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16 Responses to Manly Defensive Driving

  1. Victo Dolore says:

    Gah!!!!! How maddening.


  2. Dan Antion says:

    Congratulations. You got a discount and we got some fun reading 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Paul says:

    Whew! Hubbie doesn’t do much on-line work does he? I wouldn’t leave any screen that had benefit (i.e. lower insurance rates) until I was done. Almost all programs will time out and reset. Ahhh, well, as you say – good for three more years.

    As an aside, did you get my e-mails CM?


  4. I’m pretty sure Garry would have simply had me take the course for him. Problem solved.

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  5. judyt54 says:

    A patient, patient, wife. You deserve medals.


  6. AmyRose says:

    I was laughing the entire way through this because the statement MEN was blaring in my head as I was reading your words. Oh yes, I have one of those too, who do not listen, and IF I attempt to say what um “should” be done, I am told well, I really don’t know what I am talking about. So, I’ve learned to keep my mouth closed and just let him trip all over himself. Like, when is this man ever going to learn from previous struggles? So glad for YOU that this course is only every 3 years. I checked with my man and due to our low mileage, our car insurance rate is really low. Thank goodness I don’t have to go through this with hubby because I would be pulling out my hair with his 1,001 questions to me. I really enjoyed this post!!! LOL Have a great weekend! ❤


    • I like the idea of just letting the man make the mistakes that you know are going to be made – although I personally have a problem actually doing that (I think the devil gets into me!)

      Thanks for the comment – I’m so glad I brought a little humor to you today.

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      • AmyRose says:

        Well, when said man doesn’t listen even if said woman talks until she is blue in the face, said woman steps aside to allow said man to fall on his face time and time again. One of these days it is bound for THE EVENT to happen, that said man will not fall on face. 🙂

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  7. Reblogged this on Cordelia's Mom, Still and commented:

    The not-so-better half …


  8. Tippy Gnu says:

    This post seems to be about 2 years old. Looks like you’re almost due for another round of lessons. Maybe you should make sure your husband reads this old post, so he can learn from his mistakes.


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