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#1 Feb 07 2012 at 6:23 PM Rating: Excellent
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with a newly minted teen driver is nerve wrecking, to say the least. She's way heavy on the pedals, and I may end up with whiplash before its over, but **** I'm proud. :D
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#2 Feb 07 2012 at 6:43 PM Rating: Good
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Don't yell at her if she does something wrong. My father learned that was not the best thing to do real quick.
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#3 Feb 07 2012 at 6:44 PM Rating: Good
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At least the vehicle isn't ridiculously top heavy with bad suspension?
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with a newly minted teen driver is nerve wrecking, to say the least. She's way heavy on the pedals, and I may end up with whiplash before its over, but **** I'm proud. :D


I remember teaching my sister how to drive a manual transmission. The scariest part? The steep hill...with a stop sign at the top.
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At least the vehicle isn't ridiculously top heavy with bad suspension?


Nah I traded in the Kia Sportage a few years ago. Driving a cobalt now, but for the purposes of driver training, I may as well be driving the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile.
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#7 Feb 08 2012 at 7:11 AM Rating: Good
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Is the emrgency brake hand or foot operated?
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#8 Feb 08 2012 at 8:19 AM Rating: Good
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Sandinmygum the Stupendous wrote:
Don't yell at her if she does something wrong. My father learned that was not the best thing to do real quick.


My mom found out the hard way as well. Probably the only time I've scolded my mother without her scolding me back. **** near went off the road when she started yelling.

Grats, Ducky. Did you get the kid a car to go with the license, or do you plan on never using your own again? Smiley: tongue
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Sandinmygum the Stupendous wrote:
Don't yell at her if she does something wrong. My father learned that was not the best thing to do real quick.


My mom found out the hard way as well. Probably the only time I've scolded my mother without her scolding me back. **** near went off the road when she started yelling.


My mom tried to teach me to parallel park, unsuccessfully. She set up trash cans for me to park between, then tried to motion me in between them. When I got too close for her comfort she slammed her hands down on the side of the trunk and screamed "YOU JUST KILLED SOMEONE!"

Probably not the best education method.

I went out with my dad that night and he said something like "Line yourself up with the first car, reverse to the point where your front is in line with their steering wheel, then turn the wheel 3/4 of the way to the right and back into the spot. As your front is passing their car, turn it the other way."

Did it perfectly the first time. You can guess which parent I got along with.
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Your mom sounds ******* awesome! I would've loved to have been your friend and be around your mom. Endless lulz.
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Your mom sounds @#%^ing awesome! I would've loved to have been your friend and be around your mom. Endless lulz.


She whipped a fork at one of my friends once. So, uh....there's that.
#12 Feb 08 2012 at 4:11 PM Rating: Good
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did she fry it in butter first, and was your friend in a car?
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Yeah, I ended up yelling at my parents quite a bit when I was learning to drive. Step by step instructions on everything will definitely lead to a new driver crashing. It's information overload, and it's stressful.

I was never a lead foot driver though.
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#14 Feb 08 2012 at 4:37 PM Rating: Good
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I paid for driving insturctions so I wouldn't have to learn from my parents. Did some practice with them though. Went ok, except for the couple of stop signs i drove through. That had my mother gasping a bit.
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#15 Feb 08 2012 at 5:16 PM Rating: Good
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Is the emrgency brake hand or foot operated?

My guess would be yes.
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My mom took me to the cemetery to practice driving, but I took the AAA driving lessons, since completing the course gave me an insurance break and a free year of AAA coverage.

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I learned to drive in an AMC Pacer. My mom didn't yell at me during, though, as I drove it when she wasn't around.

The Jeep with a bad clutch was how I learned how to shift without a clutch.





Did I mention I was 13 at the time? Because, I totally was.
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#18 Feb 08 2012 at 10:59 PM Rating: Excellent
This was back in the 1700's? I didn't realize they had cars back then.

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#20 Feb 09 2012 at 2:34 AM Rating: Good
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Down here, parents can teach you, but you still have to take a written and driving test before you get your license, and most people just opt for the driving schools in the area. The schools handle the necessary paperwork, we drive a test car around (an old clunker they've pretty much resigned to a wreck), and our parents get the peace of mind of not having to scream at us "No, the OTHER pedal!" when we end up careening off the side of the road. Which would have likely happened if my parents taught me.

Plus, in the instructor cars, they installed extra breaks in the passenger seat, "just in case."
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#21 Feb 09 2012 at 6:44 AM Rating: Good
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Down here, parents can teach you, but you still have to take a written and driving test before you get your license, and most people just opt for the driving schools in the area. The schools handle the necessary paperwork, we drive a test car around (an old clunker they've pretty much resigned to a wreck), and our parents get the peace of mind of not having to scream at us "No, the OTHER pedal!" when we end up careening off the side of the road. Which would have likely happened if my parents taught me.

Plus, in the instructor cars, they installed extra breaks in the passenger seat, "just in case."


Old Clunkers?

In my part of the world, we all drove in good looking cars in school. They had Student Drive nailed all over the place, but the were still pretty good looking cars.
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#22 Feb 09 2012 at 11:18 AM Rating: Decent
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It's good to see that your going to start to loose lots of hair teaching driving to a teen.
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Sandinmygum the Stupendous wrote:
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Down here, parents can teach you, but you still have to take a written and driving test before you get your license, and most people just opt for the driving schools in the area. The schools handle the necessary paperwork, we drive a test car around (an old clunker they've pretty much resigned to a wreck), and our parents get the peace of mind of not having to scream at us "No, the OTHER pedal!" when we end up careening off the side of the road. Which would have likely happened if my parents taught me.

Plus, in the instructor cars, they installed extra breaks in the passenger seat, "just in case."


Old Clunkers?

In my part of the world, we all drove in good looking cars in school. They had Student Drive nailed all over the place, but the were still pretty good looking cars.


Yeah, they may have not been clunkers, but they certainly weren't new cars. They were at minimum 15 years old, and it showed.

But like I said, they wanted a car that they could put the second brake in, and wouldn't be too afraid to wreck if it came to that.
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#24 Feb 09 2012 at 9:55 PM Rating: Decent
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I took Drivers Ed. when it was still offered through my High School. If I'm not mistaken it was in fact the LAST year it was offered through school due to cost/liability issues. That being said, our cars weren't brand new, but they certainly weren't clunkers either. They were single digit aged Buicks.
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I took Driver's Ed in high school when I was 15, but was sick with mono and missed all of the instructional parts. Didn't end up getting my license until I turned 18; I had no desire to have a car.
#26 Feb 10 2012 at 12:41 AM Rating: Good
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I didn't take driver's ed in school, but my friends did. The teacher was an old coach, and it was taught over the summer. My friend told me that he used to either have them drop him off at his girlfriend's house and drive around for an hour then come back, or drop him off at Sam Hill's (a bar and grill in town) and drive around for an hour then come back.

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