I'm ALMOST 30 and I'm just now working towards getting my licince.

@Sissygrl (10914)
Canada
October 9, 2009 6:46am CST
I have tried before, but never had the money to get a car and pay insurance or someone to teach me properly.. I have had my learners permit 3 times before. Yesterday i went to write the test AGAIN. and i passed the hard part of the test and failed the easy part.. the signs!! i've never failed it before!! i was so confident and didn't pay attention i was in a hurry to get home to my kids cause they where with my mom for the day and she has a bad back.. I dont like to leave them with her too long incase the baby gets cranky and wants to be held, my mom would be in pain.. and that's not cool at all! Well the kids got along great at moms, and i was in a hurry for nothing. so now i have to pay to write half the test again, and i'm not sure when i'll get to write it because i almost always have other peoples kids with me on top of my own. I have to wait to save up for the driving course ANYWAYS, so i am not in a BIG hurry. we probably wont have the money to do it until around xmas time. I want to do the course so i can be taught the right way, with no bad habits. and also the money you save from taking a driving course in the first year of driving you save almost that much on your insurance. MERCY! i'm sold!! My moms S/O used to take me when i had my beginners when i was very young, and he used to CLEARLY brake in the seat beside me. It was very distracting to see someone kicking and breaking their butt off beside you when you where trying to look at the road lol. I think I frightened him. He was happy i decided to go with the course. though he said after i had some lessons if i wanted he would take me out. (as if i am a bad driver, lol i've driven alone in the car before with no licence (bad bad bad me i should be scolded) How old where you when you got your licence and if you waited a LONG time to get it why ? Did you take a driving course ? Who taught you and where they a good teacher ?
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@sedel1027 (17860)
• Cupertino, California
9 Oct 09
I took a driving course when I was 15 and it was okay. One of the driving schools offered it through the high school I was going to. This was in 1995, think it cost my parents $350. I can only imagine what it cost now. The only reason I took it was b/c in order to get my license at 15 in Louisiana (this has now changed to 16) I had to take the class. Think I got HS credit for it. Prior to taking the class though I was taught the basics and taken out a few times by my Aunt.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
9 Oct 09
I think its 16 here and if you are under 18 you need your parents consent. The course here that i want to take is 757$ or something, but after tax its about 800. It includes a lot though. defensive driver course, as well as inclass studying, and driving on the road. they come and pick you up, and they do a PRE test in the end before you do your actual road test. I can't wait to get started.
@sedel1027 (17860)
• Cupertino, California
9 Oct 09
I think the class I took was a month long after school every day and then we did driving on the weekends. They did some kind of testing too, I don't think you could pass the class and get your papers for the DMV signed off on unless you passed. I think its great you are doing this, its a great experience and even if you don't end up driving often, a good skill to have. If the cost will save you money, thats even a better reason to take it. Crazy how much insurance costs some places. We just re-did ours with a new company and saved $400/6 months.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
9 Oct 09
congrats on your savings! wow. that's a lot to save in 6 months! means you can have cashola for other things!! lol like more gas hahaha. darn.. its true but not funny!
@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
9 Oct 09
I don't have my drivers license either... and I'm going to be 37 next month. LOL! At 30 I got my G1 (beginners here in Ontario... with the "graduated licensing" program we have now). It was good for 5 yrs, but I let it expire, because I didn't have any vehicle to practice on, nor the money to take a course. I'm with you... the course is a GREAT idea for so many reasons! I'm not overly anxious to get my license even now, but it's something I must do. I have a bf who has a minivan, and I'm sure he'd let me practice with him. It's simply a matter of getting my butt in gear and taking the G1 written test all over again.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
9 Oct 09
hi girl! lol When i lived in ontario i looked into it too.. and HOLY it takes SO LONG to get on the road with that system they have there, and the restrictions, and the COST. it costs me 13$ to write the g1 type test here in NS, they just call it your learners permit, and then 22$ for the card.. then 50$ for the road test and you can take it after 6 months after you get your learners, and if you get the course done, you dont even have any restrictions like no driving after dark on a monday when the wind blows to the north LOL. CRazy.. i'm sure that graduated thing will be implemented here someday too, which is why i'd better get to it now instead of waiting till that crazy testing method gets here.
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@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
9 Oct 09
How nice and cheap for you! WOOHOO!! I don't know what the costs are here now. 7 yrs ago when I took the G1 written test, it was $100, but that was to pay for the driving portion to be taken anywhere in the next 5 yrs. I'm sure the cost has gone up again. But I couldn't be bothered to find out. I'm actually relatively content with taking the bus or getting the bf to drive me and the boys around. :)
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
11 Oct 09
hehe well my hubby dont drive either, and he's going off to boot camp soon, so we should have the money for me to do it, and if i can do it while he's gone, we will need to drive when he gets back instead of relying on someone else, like my parents.. and then i can drive other people places too and be helpful instead of a pain in the butt lol.
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• United States
9 Oct 09
I actually got my license ASAP when I was younger. Where I live you have to be 15.5 to get your temps and 16 to get your license, and I received my license no more than five days after my 16th birthday. I was eager! :) My dad taught me most of everything I carried over into driving myself; he has hit one car in his entire lifetime and has been driving 30 years. He took me on the highway my first day. At first I freaked out, but soon realized he was right about the highway being much safer and easier to drive on than a road! I actually wrecked with my temps, and although it wasn't my fault, it taught me that the number one thing to do while driving is to pay attention to other people and never say they won't do crazy things on the road. However, my husband had his license when he was younger. Eventually the time came to get it renewed and back then, he was the kind of person that let those kinds of things slip by. The license expired and he didn't have his for years by the time I met him. He still doesn't have it, for a couple of reasons. For one, it's ridiculously expensive. He would only use it to get back and forth from work, since we literally go everywhere together. So we'd be paying insurance, license fees, and, if he wanted a separate car, it'd only get more expensive. For two, it's simply needless in our situation. We have decided that we'll get his license within the next year or so for emergency only (in case I am unable to drive). The third reason is that he already owns and "drives" a vehicle: a bike. He bikes to and from work, and it saves us a ton on gas. Anywhere he needs to go without me he bikes, although besides work, it nearly never happens. A bike is a street legal vehicle...and in some states in the US it's illegal to ride it anywhere but the road...but he still gets yelled at, given the finger, etc., when riding his bike. It's amazing how hostile people are just when you're using a different vehicle on the road (especially when you can just pass the person)...but he continues to ride it regardless and so getting a license would be simply excessive.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
11 Oct 09
my hubby either takes the bus or takes his bike to work. he was more into the biking back and forth when it was warming out.. cause its getting cold. we live on the east coast in canada, and well.. its just not safe to bike in the snow and ice! lol.
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• United States
11 Oct 09
Yes, when it comes to winter, he'll be biking unless it's dangerous! Thankfully he can also carpool with his manager who has a 4 wheel drive truck, so that might be an option we'll exercise this winter. He's actually biked in pouring down rain before, but ice is something I'm not going to allow him to do, quite simply!
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9 Oct 09
I was 34 when I got my driver's license. I was brought up in a household where the head of the hh (that would be my father) believed that women should not drive as they are bad drivers. It did not really bother me as I grew up, I could not really afford to buy a car. However, when I got married my husband and I decided I should learn to drive as it very practical to get around with a car and in case of emergencies, I should be able to step it. Luckily, I passed the exams and I have my license now for nearly 13 years. I must admit, I'm not sooo hot on driving but I recognize its value whenever I run errands, pick up the kids from school, bring them to the doctor and all other things associated with mobility. It certainly makes life easier and costlier (gas,insurance, registration).
@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
11 Oct 09
haha yea.. i'm looking forward to the freedom. What i wanna go to the beach today SURE hop in the car kids lets go go go. what we meed milk.. sure lets go to the store. although, i'm sure i'll end up spending A LOT more.. cause atm i only go out when i get someoen to take me, or someone babysits the kids (my mom) so i dont get to shop a lot. lol. well that and the stuff you mentioned.
• United States
8 Nov 09
I'm 32 years old and just moved to Texas and I don't drive, I failed the test twice and I really studied but I don't know what happened...I'm really desperated since I'm pregnant and I have a 4 year old who hates walking two blocks to school everyday in one way I think is good that we HAVE to walk to her school everyday since we exercise but sucks the fact that a lot of people sees you as a very dependant person, last week rained a lot and was very cold when it was time to pick my daughter up from school I was waiting for somebody to give me a ride I felt so ashamed I guess I'll do my best in reading the damn book and try to pass the test for my kids....good luck with yours I'm sure we both will have our licenses very soon!!
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@dragon54u (31623)
• United States
9 Oct 09
I got my license at 17. When I moved back east at age 53 I had to take the written test again and passed it easily but missed one question--that was about seat belts. In Arizona, everyone must be belted in especially the children. Here in Ohio, I checked the box that said everyone has to be restrained but came to find out that only the front seat passengers have to wear seatbelts! What the hell?! No wonder I see so many kids bouncing around in the back seats!! What idiocy! Well anyway, that's the last time I took the written test. Good luck on yours!
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
9 Oct 09
wow really ? no belts? kids bouncing in seats ? What in the world!? I thought everyone wanted their children to be safe. lol. anywhere in canada, you have to have your infant in an infant careseat until they are 12 months old, and some length or weight. and in a front facing car seat untill they are 40lbs. and then in a booster seat until they are 80 lbs!! its illegal for them not to be in these seats according to their size!!
@missybear (11392)
• United States
9 Oct 09
Don't feel bad. I'm 45 and never had a license either. I used to drive years ago and I had a few cars but never drove further than the corner. I don't think I could pass the test either. Keep trying though you'll pass eventually. Having kids you need a car so you can take them places when you need to.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
9 Oct 09
Hi Missy, its true, I am getting tired of asking people for drives everytime i need to go someplace! and taking two kids on the bus with an armload of groceries seems VERY daunting. MORE daunting infact then actually getting my license and driving!
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
12 Oct 09
I was 17 when I had my student permit license, immediately after that, i got my professional license and have it ever since. I just taught myself how to drive and didn't undergo any driving course. I don't think it's too late in your case, the most important thing is you are able to use it. If I were you, I will get myself a simple booklet on driving rules and traffic signs, they must be readily available. It won't hurt to do a little preparation.
@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
15 Oct 09
oh i have the book. and the signs and the rules of the road are all on the learners test before you get your learners permit here.. And i have driven before without the permit.. SHH!! dont tell!! so i DO k now how to drive.. but i want to make sure that i have all the safety precautions down because now i have children! and i'm sure they will want to go driving with me!!
• Philippines
25 Nov 09
was it only a year ago that you had your student permit license, manong? hehehe ...
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@SomeCowgirl (32219)
• United States
10 Oct 09
I am studying to get my permit off and on. I am 22 and am just now starting to try for it again. I had epilepsy when I was younger and have been deemed non-epileptic since my 18th birthday, though I didn't have anyone to egg me on and cheer me on about it. My husband is helping me in that respect, he and his mother is going to teach me as soon as I get my permit. I hope to get it next month, but that means studying alot. There's a lot on my plate right now, and I am not the best at organizing what to do... lol... Organizing my time that is.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
11 Oct 09
I hear ya.. if you have the money it well worth it to take the driving school course.. You save almost what it costs in the first year in insurance. and if you wait three more years to get your license the cost of insurance decreases dramatically after you turn 25 i hear!
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@SomeCowgirl (32219)
• United States
11 Oct 09
We don't have the money to do anything like that. We're trying to save left and right for things, though we keep buying things we want too. That, and I don't think they offer driving school in my county, and I wouldn't want to go anywhere else lol!.. That does sound like a nice deal.
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@sacmom (14249)
• United States
10 Oct 09
Hi Sissygrl. I got my driver's license when I was 17, but got my learner's permit when I was 15 and a half. The high school that I went to had a driver's ed teacher, so I learned some of my driving from that teacher. My mom taught me as well. Poor woman was scared out of her mind to teach me to drive. So scared, in fact, that she had me learn in an empty church parking lot! LOL When the driver's ed teacher found this out he insisted she let me drive home....that very day! OMG, was my mom scared! But she let me do it. And we made it home in one piece! LOL After that I became her chauffeur. I drove us everywhere! LOL Good luck in getting your license! Happy mylotting!
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
11 Oct 09
hha so i guess your mom got over her fear!! once she realized she didnt' havee to drive anymore lol. i'm not sure how often my mother will get into the car with me.. i hope she's not scared to. haha
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@sacmom (14249)
• United States
12 Oct 09
She did...eventually! LOL It took her a while, but she learned to stopped gripping onto the passenger door for dear life while I was the driver! LOL Hopefully your mom won't be as scared as my mom was. LOL
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• United States
9 Oct 09
i'm 40 and i still don't have one. honestly,i've never needed one.i either ride my bike,take a bus,or get a ride from my bro.plus,the expensive local is just too much to own one,so i'm fine without.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
9 Oct 09
My mother has never gotten one either, she has always has has someone in her life that drivers her everywhere. Now he drives me everywhere too, but i dont want to have to rely on them all the time!
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• United States
12 Oct 09
that's true.
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@junmae (1591)
• Philippines
10 Oct 09
Hi Sissygrl, I havent had a driver's license because I dont have my own car and for me its ok to commute. But I am planning to study how to drive so that i could also have a license.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
11 Oct 09
goood luck to you and me!
• Philippines
10 Oct 09
I have been driving for more than a decade now. I started driving at age 22. I'm glad that I got interested in driving when I was still younger because had I not done it, I'm sure I would never learn how to drive if I started late. I have friends who up to now are afraid to drive because they never got interest in driving when they were still in their 20's when one's spirit to drive is stronger at that age. I have never enrolled in a driving school. It was my friends who taught me how to drive a car.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
11 Oct 09
yes i'm afraid i will end up like my mother and my grand mother, SCARED to drive because they didn't learn when they had the courage when they where younger. I'm not spring kitten now, but i still see the usefulness it would have, and i have the stubborness that i CAN LEARN TO DRIVE! lol.
@jillhill (37371)
• United States
9 Oct 09
I was sixteen.....and took a drivers course to learn how....and I did have good teachers as I passed on the first try....good for you to finally get it!
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
11 Oct 09
Thanks jillhill. Hope i pass next time! i will SOOO take my time this time!
@Hatley (164094)
• Garden Grove, California
9 Oct 09
hi sissygrl well I tried to learn to drive when I was eighteen but had so many problems I just gave up. then I finally married and my hubby did all the driving anway so again I did not try to learn. so all mylife I had had to either get rides with friends or take the bus.now I am 82 and still unable to drive, have no license and passed no tests. he he
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
11 Oct 09
lol hatley, Its good that you got by the way you did! so as an 82 year old, Do you figure people should have to be retested at a certain age ? I have had some near hits with older people that i figure should either have their eyes tested or their driving tests REDONE!! i mean some younger too.. but i think for sure, as you get older your reflexes slow down, and you get more and more bad habbits, not everyone i'm sure, but SOME at the least. and well.. i think EVERYONE should be retested after so many years of driving.. so that everyone is driving safer.. but the time between tests should get smaller the older you get.. What say you hatley ? agree or disagree ?
@prinzcy (26951)
• Malaysia
9 Oct 09
Don't feel so bad. my father taught me how to drive and I got my license when I was 21 years old. I took the test twice (I failed the slope test for the first) But, even after having a license, I never drive. After quite a time, I need to learn a bit to remember this and that. Then I can't drive manual car as I am sux at it. I tried for months before finally giving up for an automatic one.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
9 Oct 09
oh yes my aunt was suggesting to learn on a stick, but i can't do that.. i need automatic.. I can't concentrate on the road and my hand eye co-ordination and listen to kids jabbering away all at the same time. LOL i'm good at multi tasking but not that good!! hahah.
@themdno (402)
• United States
9 Oct 09
I'm 26 and I still don't have mine, but I'm going to get it soon. Like you, I didn't have the money to pay for everything. I've just always taken the bus wherever I go, or walked. I took the test a few times though, and failed it. I never really studied the book though, so I guess I shouldn't have expected to just know it all.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
9 Oct 09
well if you pay attention to the signs and while others are driving, at least here, the test is pretty much common sense questions.. I just boogered up on the darn signs cause i was in a rush. that'll learn me!
@thea09 (18313)
• Greece
10 Oct 09
Hi sissyrl, I took my test when I was around 18 or 19 I think. I had a couple of professonal lessons then went out with my dad teaching me,then my friend took me out a bit when we were back at university. I learnt in pretty quiet places though so have never felt confident with city driving, I'm much more happy tearing up mountains. My dad was the best teacher and used to harp on a lot about assessing the road ahead and never braking sharply to save petrol.
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