Drivers Education

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Registered: 12-16-2001
Drivers Education
Thu, 02-02-2012 - 7:23am

My niece came to live w/ me @ 16yo.


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Registered: 12-03-1999
Thu, 02-02-2012 - 9:58am
Tell her parents: My house, My car, My rules. You don't like it, KMA. Or, YOU support this kid.
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Registered: 01-05-2005
Thu, 02-02-2012 - 10:10am

What exactly is the parents' objection? If you're paying, cost seems a non-issue. Isn't driver's training required? In our state, teens can get a permit at 15, and a license at 16. We had both of our girls get a permit immediately (I think they needed two classroom sessions before that was allowed, but I don't remember exactly) because we wanted them to get as much practice in as possible. When they turned 16, it was not a big deal at all to take the test, pass, and immediately start driving. They had driven so much with us that we felt very comfortable.

Although a driver's license isn't required everywhere, I do think that everyone should know how to drive. Even in a city, it's certainly nice to have for weekend trips, zipcars, being a designated driver, etc, etc... Whether or not your niece uses it all the time, it's a valuable skill. Your niece is very lucky to have you!


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Registered: 11-28-1999
Thu, 02-02-2012 - 11:17am

Since my son is 16 and just completed driver's ed, I can tell you that it is worthwhile.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-06-1999
Thu, 02-02-2012 - 12:13pm
As sabar said my roof, my rules! Don't forget the cost of insurance, a well trained driver helps keep your insurance costs more manageable.
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Registered: 02-02-2012
Thu, 02-02-2012 - 3:35pm
Hi I'm new to the board and not sure if I am suppose to introduce myself, but I iwll just jump in..hope that's okay.

Your reasoning for wanting her to be rained properly in order to drive your vehicles is commendable and i fyou are paying for it, I am not sure why the parent(s) have such an opposition for it. YOu will be setting down the rules, she will be driving your vehicle and by the sounds of it, she's a responsible young person~!
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Registered: 12-16-2003
Wed, 02-08-2012 - 7:48am
In Iillinois, drivers ed is required for high school graduation.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 10-16-1999
Thu, 02-09-2012 - 7:11am

Well, Kathy, IMHO the parents really don't have a whole lot to say if they're not footing the bill.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Thu, 02-09-2012 - 10:09am

What do they do when a kid can't afford to take driver's ed? Here in MA, it's very expensive. We're paying $600 for the road hours alone. The classroom hours were another $275, and our experience is typical.

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Registered: 11-01-2001
Thu, 02-09-2012 - 11:11am

In Illinois it is a part of the public school curriculum.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Thu, 02-09-2012 - 12:39pm

Gotcha. I figured it had to be something like that. That was the way it was done in CA in the 70s. We had driver's ed in both public and private schools, then you could sign up for road training at your school, or pay for it privately. If I remember correctly, my private lessons in 1979 were $100 total, and my parents complained about the cost!