Drivers Education

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

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

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Community Leader
Registered: 12-16-2003
Thu, 02-09-2012 - 10:09pm
At our local school, drivers ed.Jean extra $350. It is part of your school fees. If you qualify, your fees may be waived. It is s full semester and all the behind the wheel takes place during that class.

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

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Registered: 12-06-1999
Fri, 02-10-2012 - 11:50am
We live in CA, though the kids go to private school, classroom is offered for $150. DS has been to busy too take the behind the wheel classes, we are going to start those durning SPring break. I am not sure how expensive they are. I am considering having him take some extra lessons. Drivers Ed is no longer offered in the public school in my area.
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Registered: 05-27-1998
Fri, 02-10-2012 - 2:13pm

DD also got too busy to take the road training, but I've finally signed her up starting Feb 20th. She's already 16 1/2, which is old enough to get her license here, but just didn't have time to do the training and the 40 road hours. It would be easier on me if she could drive, but other than that, I see no reason to rush such an important life skill.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-06-1999
Fri, 02-10-2012 - 9:10pm

I feel the same, while at times it would make life a whole lot easier, there is nothing to be gained by rushing.

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Registered: 08-08-2009
Fri, 02-10-2012 - 11:03pm

I think you are doing the right thing with getting her into driver’s education.

Community Leader
Registered: 12-16-2003
Fri, 02-10-2012 - 11:55pm
You don't need insurance for the permit, since you always have a licensed driver. the public schools all offer drivers ed. You do not need to get your license just because you took the class. Dd has several friends who never got their licenses right away. And for kids under 18 they have restricted licenses, only one other kid in the car (who isn't related to you), it expires at midnight on weekends and 11 durning the week, etc... My dd is 17 1/2 and has had her drivers licenses for over a year and half now, it is nice with her activities, etc... She does not have her own car, nor do most of her friends.

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

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Registered: 11-01-2001
Sat, 02-11-2012 - 12:08am
kimmybabe2009 wrote:

I wonder how any state can require a course for graduation that they no longer teach in the school.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-16-2001
Thu, 02-23-2012 - 6:47am

So happy for my niece - she passed drivers ed!

30 hours driving (2 at night) & 3 months w/ her permit before she's eligible to take level 2 drivers ed.

50 hours & 6 months & level 2 certificate = eligible to take the road test for the actual license.

Assuming we get all hours within the allotted time period, we could potentially have a licensed driver in August. OR - girly turns 18 in November.

I'm very happy for my dear niece but freaked out at the same time as my 20yo DD totaled her car last week. While sitting at a stop sign waiting for traffic to clear - another driver making a right turn onto her street lost control & plowed right into the side of her car, careening her into a telephone pole! He hit right in the middle of the drivers side, but luckily the brunt of the force was to the back door behind the driver. We thank our lucky stars that DD was able to walk away from that mess.

Community Leader
Registered: 12-16-2003
Thu, 02-23-2012 - 9:18am
Hurray for your niece!! Glad your dd is Ok, how scary!!!

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

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Thu, 02-23-2012 - 12:54pm
Thank God and the government for seat belts and air bags. Both Dh & I have been T-boned by people running red lights or stop signs, and walked away in one piece. In my case, my 2yo was in a car seat in the back, also. 50 years ago these stories would not have had happy endings. So glad your dd is OK. Hope this shows your niece that all the drivers ed and and restricted driving requirements have a REASON.

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