How long does it take to get them road-ready?

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Registered: 05-27-1998
How long does it take to get them road-ready?
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Wed, 08-10-2011 - 8:04pm

Speaking of driving, DD got her permit last week, so I've been taking her to various parking lots and the cemetery to learn how to drive. This is really a daunting task. DH says he wants to be the one to take her out on the road first, which is fine with me, but I can't see this happening any time soon and the driving school says we really shouldn't even start logging her driving hours (she has to do 20 with us

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Wed, 08-10-2011 - 9:45pm
DH took ds to a local industrial park on Sundays and he got 'road time' there - little traffic, hilly (he has a stick shift), lots of stop signs, etc. That was pretty much right away but as I wasn't there I'm not sure who drove TO the industrial area. All we have in MO is 40 hours on the permit (and at least 6 months), 10 of which are at night, to be eligible for the (first) intermediate license. When we'd drive to Chicago to visit my folks at the time, we let him drive for 45 minutes or so to get some highway time as well. He took to it all right away.

And seriously this isn't a formal plug but if anyone has a session of Street Survival coming to their town (usually sponsored by BMW and Tire Rack) it's totally amazing and worth the money for the all-day session the kids get with professional drivers in bad/stressful conditions (have to have license).

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Registered: 11-01-2001
Wed, 08-10-2011 - 10:45pm

Dh took #1 out on the road her third time driving.

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Wed, 08-10-2011 - 10:46pm

I think DD got out on the road pretty fast.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 08-11-2011 - 9:09am
We live a bit out of town, so DD did a lot of country road driving to begin with which was nice. It seemed to me like she was going to take forever to really be ready to be driving on her own once she got her license, but once she started her driving with the instructor and was driving for an hour straight at a time, I saw a huge difference in her driving and decision making skills. When we were driving together, it was always for small snippets of time, 15 minutes here, 10 minutes there... And then on her trip to Michigan my dad made her drive for an hour straight on the highway going up north, which was solid driving time without a ton of traffic. I don't know if there is a real answer, every kid is going to be different, but I was definitely surprised at what a difference it made after just 2 times of straight driving time with the instructor.
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Thu, 08-11-2011 - 10:23am

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Thu, 08-11-2011 - 7:22pm

Is that the same as "skid school?" If so, I definitely plan to have my kids take that as soon as they get their licenses. You get a discount on your insurance if you do, but my main concern is that they will know what to on the ice.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Thu, 08-11-2011 - 7:27pm

Thank you, this gives me some hope. The driving school will teach them to drive if you want, but it's $55/hr on top of the $720 we have paid for the 30 hours of mandatory classroom instruction, the 12 hours of road instruction, and the required 2 hr parent class. This is a typical rate, so you really can't get off cheaply. Not that I'd want to be cheap with my kids' lives, but I don't want to spend $55 per hour more to teach them to drive unless I have no choice.

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Fri, 08-12-2011 - 12:06pm

So I guess the $500 I'm paying for all the same stuff isn't so bad.

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Fri, 08-12-2011 - 12:10pm
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Fri, 08-12-2011 - 3:24pm

My DD just completed the 30 hour course today. She also did it all in a week. I took the parent course last Saturday. A lot of it was about the laws, which will definitely bore you, but another chunk was going over the skills we need to teach our kids before they are ready to start road lessons with the driving school, which was helpful.

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