Did your teen drivers ever go to "skid" school?

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Did your teen drivers ever go to "skid" school?
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Fri, 02-24-2012 - 11:24am

Just in case they call it something different where you are, this is an additional half-daydriver skills development class, done on a closed course, in which the student learns how to recover from a skid, etc. It's supposed to reduce the risk of crashing in the first year by 70%. (Apparently, over half of all new drivers have an accident within the first two years of driving.)

You get a discount on your insurance here, but the course is pricey--about $350--on top of what you're already spending for regular driver's training. If your kid did this, was it worth it? Did you notice a big improvement in their skills?

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Registered: 10-16-1999
We don't have something like this in our area that I know of, but its very common for dads to provide something like it after the first slippery snowfall. They go to a large open and empty parkinglot with the new driver and have them purposely do the dumb things that new drivers do on slippery roads like hit the brakes hard, try to brake and steer at the same time, etc. It seems to help prevent similar bad choices when they are out on their own.
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Registered: 07-30-1997
DS went to Street Survival (check it out online) which was more than skid, and it cost $60 for about 6 hours and was WELL worth it.

Sue
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Registered: 12-16-2003
I have heard of defencive driving classes, it was part of dd drivers ed.

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Registered: 08-08-2009

I think anything you can do to “educate” a young driver is probably money well spent.

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Registered: 11-21-2004

we did this here in massachusetts with a an outfit called Driver's Edge.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-22-1999

I second the Driver's Edge idea.

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Registered: 12-16-2001

Well... you all know I just put one thru drivers ed.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-27-1998

I have read about this program, but they aren't coming anywhere near MA for a long time! These programs are recommended before your kid takes the road test and after s/he completes driver training, so for us, it's a pay program or nothing.

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Registered: 05-27-1998

I did check it out, but unfortunately, there are no classes in Massachusetts. I don't get it, because we have one of the highest minimum driving ages in the country, and some of the strictest requirements for getting a license. You'd think there would be tons of schools like this.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Interesting, the driver's edge course. If ODD is in Michigan at the time it is offered this summer, I will definitely see if I can get her into it. My brother has told her that when she moves back up there, the first winter she is there he will work with her on driving in snow and that he would prefer the first year she is up there to take the bus system back and forth to college unless he's there to help her out driving, partly because of the lake effect snow and black ice, and partly because they have weird parking and snow removal rules during the winter for plowing.
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