Mine Went For His Driving Permit

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Registered: 06-27-2006
Mine Went For His Driving Permit
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Thu, 08-19-2010 - 4:13pm
Texas allows for parent-taught driver's ed. So, a couple of weeks ago, I took Tyler to get his driving permit. He passed the written portion of the test and received his permit to start the driving portion of the education. Problem.....I can't get him behind the wheel! He's 16 years old and should be chomping to get his driver's license, but instead is okay walking. I'm at a loss. Any suggestions for getting him behind the wheel? TIA.
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Avatar for suzyk2118
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Registered: 07-30-1997
Thu, 08-19-2010 - 4:16pm
Why push if he's not interested?
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Registered: 06-27-2006
Thu, 08-19-2010 - 4:22pm
Well, that is a good question. My parents have a scooter that he wants to drive. In Texas, if it is greater than 150cc you have to have a motorcycle license. You cannot have just a motorcycle license until you are 18, so he needs the class C to get the class M, make sense?
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Registered: 07-30-1997
Thu, 08-19-2010 - 4:52pm
Is there an amount of time he'd have to have a C before getting an M?
Avatar for sabrtooth
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Registered: 12-03-1999
Thu, 08-19-2010 - 4:53pm
Well then, there's your answer. And maybe he just doesn't want to get behind the wheel with YOU.
Community Leader
Registered: 06-27-2006
Thu, 08-19-2010 - 4:57pm
No, he won't get behind the wheel with anyone. But wow, thanks for the warm welcome ;O)
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Community Leader
Registered: 06-27-2006
Thu, 08-19-2010 - 4:59pm
Not that I know of. In fact, you can take the driving portions for the C and M at the same time. It's just frustrating because he drove me all over to get this permit that is just sitting in his wallet; unused.
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Registered: 03-09-2009
Thu, 08-19-2010 - 6:29pm

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Well, when he brings up the scooter remind him that he'll need one license before the other. Otherwise, I'd just leave it alone. I'm 40 and have never had a driver's license. Never wanted one and never needed one. The day I either want or need it, I'll get it.

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Registered: 01-04-2008
Thu, 08-19-2010 - 7:16pm

That is unusual! My DD could NOT

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Registered: 06-27-2006
Thu, 08-19-2010 - 7:25pm
I thought it was weird too! He usually walks everywhere. Nothing around here is more than 2 miles away. I was hoping that he would get his too so one of my many hats (chauffeur) could be taken off. lol. We'll see, with time, maybe he will get behind the wheel.
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Registered: 01-21-2008
Thu, 08-19-2010 - 8:18pm

It's not just you! My DD (15 3/4) just HAD TO take Driver's Ed last year, her Freshman year because of her birthdate in Washington State. It was SO COOL to be a 9th grader with a Driver's Permit! We don't have our own transportation at the moment because my truck crapped on us just as she started classes. My oldest DD leaves one of their "spares" with us when they can, usually a Ford Aerostar Minivan. At first my permit holder was all excited about it and would jump to drive at a moments notice, we racked up practise hours at an accelerated rate (we are supposed to keep track of each minute of drive time in the Drivers Guide while they are taking the class) but I'm not sure where she lost interest. She passed the class, but there's no way I'll allow her to attempt the License test with what I consider a severe lack of drive time experience.


Some people never do drive, I know it sounds odd in this day and age, probably especially for a man (boy) but he must have a reason, and fear is certainly a valid reason! Is your vehicle a standard maybe? Ya'know, Standard vs. Automatic Transmission? I KNOW alot of kids are terrified of the clutch! I have 3 girls, (2 adult and out) and so far the oldest can hop in and drive anything (like me), the middle dosen't drive at all and the youngest is the Permit holder.


I wouldn't push, he'll know when he's ready for more. Everybody's different, ya'know? I sure do feel for YOU though, wanting to remove a hat. I SOOO wanted my youngest to be MY chauffeur for awhile!

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