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Old 06-25-2007, 10:30 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by robynbird View Post
Oh my! My DD is only 11 and I'm already terrified! LOL. She'll get better with the stick shift...that's how I learned and once you learn it, it's great!
Save the fear for later...boys, driving, etc...

Enjoy the relatively fear-free days of today.
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Old 06-25-2007, 11:52 PM   #12
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My DD is 15 and has had her permit for over a month. She is a good driver and I'm not tooo nervous. She wants to driver everywhere, which I guess is good. But, its exhausting being the passenger, because you have to be so alert and watch everything.

I was not so calm when my DS was driving though. He's 18 and I'm still nervous when I drive with him!
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Old 06-26-2007, 02:41 AM   #13
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I remember when I got my permit I was soooo excited. On the way home I asked my mom if we could stop by my friend's house. When we got there I was getting a little too close to the curb and almost took out her mail box!
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Old 06-26-2007, 10:50 AM   #14
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I really can't believe they let 15 year-olds on the road. The driving age in NJ is 17, which means no permit until your 16. After I got my license, they changed it so you get a "graduated driver's license" at 17, with restrictions on night driving, how many non-family members in the car, etc (it's supposed to be drunk-driving prevention), and you get your "full" license at 18. 15 is just so YOUNG.

That being said....if you can teach your daughter to drive, you are a saint. After one...memorable lesson with my mother, my G-pa was the one who taught me to drive. There are a lot of warehouses and factories in the town I grew up in, and they make for great places to practice driving and parallel parking on the weekends--wide roads with no traffic. We stole traffic cones from Ed's set--the bowling alley--for the parallel parking.

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Old 06-26-2007, 11:37 PM   #15
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I agree. I think that 15 is too young.

Today, dh started to take dd for a drive in the Jeep, which is much easier to come off of the clutch. I'm inside, watching out the window, when it appears as if, after backing out of the driveway, and in the attempt to go forward (and lurching), she hits dh's work vehicle (as in paid for by his company). Oh no!

Dh gets out of the Jeep looking unhappy. But, she only knocked over the trash can, which was beside the bumper of his car. From inside, it looked like she had hit the car.

Dh suggested that I take her. Chicken...



She actually made it into the driveway without conking out today.

Scary moments...lots and lots of prayers.
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Old 06-27-2007, 01:01 AM   #16
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One thing you might do if you haven't thought of it already: Before I was allowed on the road my parents took me over to a large empty parking lot (we used the high school's when school was not in session) so I could get used to starting, stopping, accelerating, turning, etc. without having to deal with other cars around (they drove over and back). Especially with learning on a stick shift, this might be a good way for her to get more comfortable with the mechanics of handling the car so that once she is on the road she can concentrate on not hitting things and obeying the rules of the road rather than figuring out how the car works.
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Old 06-27-2007, 01:05 AM   #17
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I learned on a 58 Ford tractor in the middle of 40 acres where I couldn't hurt anything. I learned to start, change gears, & steer.

Then I progressed to a 64 Ford Truck with 3 on the column. That took some learning..

When I finally drove an automatic I didn't know how to act.. it was sooo easy, lol

I tried to teach dd to drive a standard... she wouldn't let me.. so.. she learned on an automatic... she's a great driver.. now if she would just get her eyes checked
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Old 06-27-2007, 09:11 AM   #18
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We've done the school parking lot thing. We should probably try the mall parking lot early one morning.

She can drive the Jeep fine. It's my Ford Escape that is hard to come off the clutch in. And she has to learn little things that we find easy.

Thanks for the suggestions and encouragement!
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