Reviewed by Tiffany Schlarman
“Life in the Slow Lane” is the humorous account of Thomas Sullivan’s
short career in Drivers education. Thomas, who has worked in various
industries due to obtaining a Bachelors’ in History with a minor in
Business, a Masters in Agricultural Economics and Associates in
cartography, landed a part time job as a driver’s Ed instructor
through an announcement of job openings on craigslist. To sum it up in
his words, the book is “My wisdom gleaned from my time behind the
wheel. So, buckle up, check the warranty date on the airbag, and enjoy
This memoir of sorts was an engaging and humorous account of the
perils and headaches of a driver’s Ed instructor. Mixed within the
stories are the heartwarming accounts of students who make their
instructors proud along with the fearful stories of students that will
probably never learn to drive safely, but somehow have a license.
Sullivan has a light hearted and comical approach to his writing
though the stories, thoughts and feelings shared are not always light
hearted in nature. The book has some deeper issues if you care to
partake in the thoughts and analysis of them, but I preferred to sit
back, laugh and enjoy the ride!
The book takes the reader through the hiring and interview process,
training, corporate policies and greed and into the driver’s seat. All
aspects are covered including unruly parents, no show appointments,
car failure, over worked instructors, an out of touch boss and driving
mishaps. Overall it has many laugh out loud moments that keep you
firmly rooted in your current job, with one eye looking out for
perilous road warriors. It is sure to bring some smiles amidst the
stories, as well as frustration with workplace policies, procedures
and lack of care.
I found the book to be satisfying for what it is. Mr. Sullivan writes
with ease, brings laughter and has some interesting stories to tell.
It’s a good one time read. The book is available on Amazon in
electronic format and is inexpensive to purchase. If you like this
book you can check out his other titles at http://www.thomassullivanhumor.com/.