How young is too young to let your child operate a piece of heavy machinery capable of killing just about anyone in its path? One Norwalk, Connecticut dad apparently puts that age at 12, and now he's charged with risk of injury to a minor after his son careened into a neighbor's house during a driving lesson.

The Associated Press reports that Father-of-the-Year Giuseppe Manugus, 45, "was teaching his son to drive and instructed him to back down the driveway and then pull the car forward. They say the 12-year-old instead lost control of the vehicle, backed across the street and crashed into the home." Practice makes practice!

Luckily no one was injured, and the damage to the neighbor's house was reportedly minor. (Dude's car got a little dinged up, though.) Manugus's son only has four more years to practice before he's eligible for his learner's permit, but for now maybe they should just leave the driving to the family dog, like we do in Brooklyn: