A miracle has occurred---she finally passed her driving test!

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Registered: 05-27-1998
A miracle has occurred---she finally passed her driving test!
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Thu, 06-27-2013 - 10:38am

Yes, my just turned-18-yo D finally has her license! Never thought we'd get to this point. If any other parent out there has a very nervous, kinda klutzy young driver, I just want to encourage you to hang in there.....

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Registered: 11-28-1999

Congratulations--my son had to take it 3x before he passed.  Believe me, by the 3rd time, I was sitting in the back seat actually praying and with my eyes closed when he had to do the parallel parking.  I'm so glad my friend warned us about that because the 1st 2 times we had gone to a different RMV and they didn't do parking, so he hadn't practiced that much.  My dd is 24 and I think when she took the test it was a lot easier--it was like drive around the block, do a 3 point turn and that's about it.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-27-1998

Oh, I totally believe you. I was such I wreck I made DH take her to the RMV, but I was at home praying (literally.) Now I'm wondering who on earth thinks it's a good idea to let my daughter have a driver's license!She got the same dude who failed her the first time, though so he must have seen an improvement.

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Registered: 05-13-1998

Haha, congrats! I think that may be us. My DD 16 just found enough drive to get her permit a couple weeks ago. She's not even eligible to take the test until December but yeah, very nervous during practice! It wouldn't surprise me if she ends up waiting a full year to attempt the actual driving test!

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Registered: 10-23-2001

Congrats to your daughter ashmama.  DD1 turns 16 in August and she's been asking a ton of questions about the test and application process.  I'm in no hurry and frankly, I don't think she is either.  Will your DD have her own car for college? 

 


 


iVillage Member
Registered: 05-27-1998

My son also got his permit last week, but isn't remotely interested in driving. I'm sure I haven't helped either one of my kids because I tend to freak out in the passenger seat, which isn't so good for their confidence. I think one of the reasons DD failed her test the first time is because she only got to practice with her dad until I learned to just bite my nails and shut up. DS is more coordinated from playing video games, so I'm not quite as nervous with him...maybe he'll get his license by this winter sometime.

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Registered: 12-06-1999

DS got his licence is November, he took his test on a rainy day and did not have much practice driving in the rain. He passed on the first time!  Surprised the heck out of me, I had to go with him to the DMV and it was taking everything I had to stay calm on the drive over. We are trying to find him a car to drive to school. He is a good kid and very cautious but, I still get so nervous when he is driving my car. I need to calm down and back off a bit too. 

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Registered: 05-27-1998

No, she won't have a car on campus because she doesn't really need one, and I'm not sure they allow first-years to have them anyway. She can walk to public transportation and there's a shuttle bus that takes students to various places, so she won't be trapped on campus.

Does your state require you to sign up for those expensive driving schools? Seriously, they're all about $700-800 for the class and driving lessons, and they are required by the state for drivers under 18. I think the RMV must be getting kickbacks!) If so, better look into it now because the classes fill up quickly, and not all of them are worth the money.

 

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Registered: 11-28-1999

The day that DS finally got the license, we went home and then he immediately wanted to drive to Starbucks to get coffee.  My reaction was like "Do I really have to let him drive by himself now?" and it was only a short way.  It's been a year now and I don't really worry that much any more--except that last week he called while he was on the highway and said he didn't know where he was going (and they aren't supposed to be on cell phones while driving too).  I told him he really needs to study a map so he can know in his mind what direction he should be traveling and what the route numbers are.

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Registered: 08-08-2009

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! And now you can really start worrying. LOL

This brings back great and scary memories about teen drivers.

Our daughters did NOT get the solo license until they were 18½. Only one SIL of ours soloed at 16 and his parents put great restrictions on when, where, and how much he drove. The state kept him from having more than one of the other three in the car when he drove for the first year after he soloed. The other SIL soloed at 17½. This was because our insurance does not charge extra until the teen has a solo license and the kids used that to shake down the parents for the money savings. The parents all thought it was a good idea as it kept them off the roads longer (and it was cheaper than funerals). However, we did ride shotgun with one of the learners driving everywhere we went at every opportunity so that they would have lots of behind the wheel experience and gain skills.

So far no major crashes or fender benders, though one of the guys did back his SUV (from the last century) into one of those yellow poles at the Costco last year. No damage to the pole so no reporting to the police and no reason to call the insurance as they have only liability insurance. The other SIL had a lead foot problem and got an invitation from the state trooper to contribute something like $300 to the local clerk of the court. OUCH!!!! Does that seem HIGH?

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Registered: 07-26-1999

Congrats to her!!

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