Teaching Kids to Drive

@linda345 (2661)
Canada
May 6, 2007 12:09am CST
My youngest daughter is learning to drive. I am really nervous taking her out. I had her in a parking lot a few times. Last week I let her go on the road but I would only let her make right turns. She did pretty good, she only hit the curb once. I have to take her out again tomorrow. Anyother parents who have gone through this have hints on how not to lose your fingernails in the dashboard? Our car is only a couple of months old too.
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9 responses
• United States
6 May 07
I remember those days well. I felt like I needed a tranqualizer when my older dd was learning to drive! I did the parking lot practice a lot until I could see that she fel comfortable driving on the road. I also enrolled her in Driver's Ed in school. That was the best thing! Someone else taught her to drive! I still went out with her to practice and little by little I was calmer. I notice that you have new car. That would really make me nervous. Any way you could borrow grandma's older car or a really good friend or other family member? That might help you to cope better. I also thought about when I was learning so that I could remember how I felt. It got me to put her at ease instead of trying to make me calmer.
@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
6 May 07
There is no way to borrow someone else's car as my family lives so far away. We are going to do drivers ed for her but I have to wait until after the summer.
@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
6 May 07
This is on our minds, a bit, as my daughter can apply for her Learners in two years time. I am not sure who will be he best to teach her? Myself, but I am less experienced, or my husband, who is a very experienced driver (and Police Officer), but who can loose his temper. I think I may have to employ an instrctor. Good Luck to you & your daughter.
@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
6 May 07
We went alittle futher today. She did really well. We drove around a small community.
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
6 May 07
Pray, pray, and pray - alot and often. That's the only advise I can give. I'm on #4 now and not sure if I will survive this one - saving grace is he won't be allowed to get his drivers liscence until he shows responsibility: school and home. I didn't see any sign at all in either areas this year so will now have to wait another year. He turned 16 on Friday!
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@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
6 May 07
My first daughter got her licence but she went through young drivers of Canada. Right now I don't have the cash to pay for my daughter until after my brothers wedding. My youngests sometimes thinks she can do it all. She is in horse riding lessons, going on a trip to France next March break and wants her drivers licence. She has to get all the money for France by December, so that is a priority.
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
6 May 07
LOL built in saftey valve :) My oldest son was almost 20 before he got his - he worked from the time he was 15 but dropped out of school when he was 16. I told him flat out he made that decission and I would not sign for him to get his license until he could afford the insurance (I had 3 other children to support and could afford if I wanted the extra). All his friends drove and he found no problem not driving and just put it that why waste his money :)
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• United States
12 May 07
Don't they have drivers ed in school? If yes, I would say let her start the basic learning there. If not, go to a large parking lot and let her learn manuvers there first. Good luck.
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@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
13 May 07
Yes, they have drivers ed but she wants to go to France in March. She has to learn she can't have her cake and eat it too. I cant afford both. I have to contribute six hundred dollars to the trip by December 1st. So I don't know how I can afford drivers ed right now. Her dad makes alot better money than me and he won't put her in it and he will only give her a maximum of 500 for her trip.
@raydene (9874)
• United States
6 May 07
I made my kids take drivers Education in school before they could drive on the road but most of my kids knew how to drive before even drivers ed because they drive trucks,tractors,4 wheelers off road to help with work.Taking hay out etc...Do you have drivers ed in Canada?If so have her take it.Good Luck Linda..Hugs xoxoxo
@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
7 May 07
I will be putting her in drivers ed after I go to my brothers wedding this summer and pay for my portion of her trip to France.
@mac1946 (1602)
• Calgary, Alberta
6 May 07
Hello Linda,well,the first thing,how old is she? I started learning to drive when I was 12 years old,but back then my father took myself and younger sister into the country and taught us there,where there was next to no traffic.Once we got good enough,he then brought us back into town and started all over again there,then,when we got old enough,we were well taught. As the previous letter mentioned,if you realy don't trust her or yourself,find and old car(even from a junk car dealer)for her to use,and let her know she can get a better one when she has her licence. Tell her good luck from me. Blessed Be.
@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
6 May 07
She is 16 years old. I don't think we would be able to get a junk car because cars here have to pass emmission test and other test to go on the road. Today relaxed me alittle more and I think with time I will get better.
@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
6 May 07
I have taken my Daughter out a couple of times to but not very often she is very good and is now trying to get the Money together for a few more Lessons and then her Test and I hope that she will soon
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@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
6 May 07
Lessons are not in the budget right now.
@meljessxena (2317)
• Australia
7 May 07
im not a parents, but i learnt how to drive very young well on a farm i know its different but if you know the feel of the car and what your doing etc before going on the road it makes such a difference i found, some of my friends have never drove before and she went and got her Ls and now she is trying to learn how to drive in the city and she said its horrible because when u stuff up theres cars everywhere etc. so if you can take your daughter to quiet streets or in a paddock til she gets the feel of everything especially the car and the gears.
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@CopyPaper (229)
• Philippines
7 May 07
It's so good for you that you learned your daughter in driving but have you ever considered that she might sneak out in your home and get the keys without your approval? All you have learned that she was having a car accident. Hope it wouldn't do any harm to her.
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