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: 08-08-2009

Oh, don’t worry Arryl, I agree with you about Texas drivers; especially on rainy, snowy, and Icy days.

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Registered: 05-27-1998

Although I think Bostonians are the rudest drivers on earth, I remember being shocked at how wild the Texas highways were. I was tailgated by a big pick-up truck more than once, in the SLOW lane. I kept thinking, "What am I supposed to do, move to the passing lane?" But people don't honk and flip you off there as much as they do here. The middle finger is practically a directional signal around here!

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Registered: 07-26-1999
LOL! I have been to IL a few times, but day trips in and out, so its always hard to judge by short experiences.

Yes, its a great area. Brother went to GVSU after graduation in the late 90's and was there for a few years before being transferred to St. Joseph with a job for 5 years and then went back to GR about 5 years ago because he loved it so much. He got a great deal on the house, his boss's IL's at the restuarant were moving back to Greece and wanted to get the house sold and he scooped it up about 10% below market value and has been slowly updating it, he's a bachelor with a 2200 sq. ft home, 3 bed, 2 bath, sunroom, finished basement and a pool.

Love the Aquinas area also. The girlfriend I used to visit up there went to Aquinos, the campus area is beautiful! I was always amazed when I went up there how great the public transportation system was. I wasn't exposed to that growing up and its such a great asset to a city!
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Registered: 11-01-2001

What a cool area to live!

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Oh, and I was going to say, its funny that you say Michiganders drive like crazy people. After moving to Texas, I've decided that while Michiganders drive a bit crazy (and believe me, I commuted back and forth to Detroit and the suburbs), but at least its a predictable crazy once you've been driving there for a bit. Here in Texas, they just drive out of control crazy! (sorry Kimmy)
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Registered: 07-26-1999

Yes, that's her plan as of right now, though she's decided to look around at a few other places (including Oregon and Massuchusetts).

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Jordyn has had her license almost a year now and I was hesitant to let her drive to practice a few weekends ago when we had hail and a light snow fall. It changed to rain by the time she was ready to leave, but she understood my hesitation. Even growing up in snow driving, I remember a time I went to a college 2 hours from home my senior year of high school on a snowy night. I had had my license about 15 months, so I had plenty of experience in snow already. I hit a patch of ice and ended up sideways in the median. All I could think of was ugh, if I call the cops to help me get out, I will get a ticket for reckless driving or not being able to control my vehicle! LOL! I eventually got myself out and went on my way home, but ugh. I just remember how scary it was. I don't know if you ever have "enough" experience for all situations, but to be able to give them some in a safe environment, I'm all for it!
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Registered: 05-27-1998

I hate driving in snow and ice, but most winters, we have so much that I don't have a choice. One thing that helped me was getting rid of my Odyssey, which was terrible in the snow (might as well have had skis instead of wheels), and replacing it with a Sienna, which has AWD. Still, there's no way I'd let DD drive it until she's had more practice.

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Registered: 11-01-2001

Unless she is driving between Allendale and GR a lot for classes (she's looking at GVSU correct?) I really wouldn't worry about it too much.

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Registered: 08-08-2009

There may be some days that you will have to tell her NOT to drive because she does not have the skills for driving in that type of weather. Snow and Ice are so rare down here that I try to NEVER drive in it.

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