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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Avatar for cmlisab
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Registered: 09-30-2011

Congratulations to her! I am feeling nervous just reading these posts about them learning to drive, I can't imagine how much of a wreck (er..no pun intended) I'll be when I'm in the passenger seat next to my kids. 

Lisa 

Avatar for mahopac
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Registered: 07-24-1997

Woo-hoo!  Congratulations!

Now I'll bet you wish she'd done it a year ago and spared you the trouble of driving her everywhere her senior year. ;)  My life got significantly better once DD got her license and I gave her my old Subaru.  First, because I didn't have to drive her, and second, because I got to buy a new car for myself. :)

21yo DS has taken the test three times and failed.  I know he wants to take the Subaru to college, as he'll be living off campus (and DD won't be taking it to college in NYC), but he will need to actually pass the road test first.  He just doesn't have enough driving experience, since he is so rarely home.  I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't pass it until after he graduates from college next year.

Avatar for turtletime
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Registered: 05-13-1998

Wow really? 700-800 dollars?  In our area, it runs fro 300-400 for the driver's ed and behind the wheel and I thought that was crazy! Maybe it costs less because there are so many restrictions on new drivers the first year that many kids end up just waiting until 18 anyway lol.

Avatar for turtletime
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Registered: 05-13-1998

Wow really? 700-800 dollars?  In our area, it runs fro 300-400 for the driver's ed and behind the wheel and I thought that was crazy! Maybe it costs less because there are so many restrictions on new drivers the first year that many kids end up just waiting until 18 anyway lol.

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Registered: 05-27-1998

"Now I'll bet you wish she'd done it a year ago and spared you the trouble of driving her everywhere her senior year."

LOL! Yes, I do. I had no idea how exhausting senior year would be....for me. Fortunately, some of her friends turned 18 earlier in the year, and could legally drive other teens around, so she did a lot of ride mooching.

While I am very glad this weight is off her, I now freak out a little when she wants to use my car. It's a huge, expensive minivan (our other car is a cheap, bottom of the line Camry, but it's a stick shift, which she can't drive yet). We're trying to figure out whether to just teach the kids to drive stick, or trade it in for a cheap automatic. I think it's a good idea to know how to drive a stick shift because if you rent a car in another country, that's all you'll get.

Your DS just needs practice. I was convinced my DD was never going to pass, but really, I think she just needed a lot more practice, especially in the weeks leading up to the scheduled road test. In any case, I knew lots of kids from NY when I was in college, and few of them learned to drive until they graduated, esp. if the lived in Manhattan or anywhere with good public transportation.

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Registered: 05-27-1998

I'm pretty sure it's a racket, because we have similar driving laws to the ones in CA--must have permit for 6 months before taking the road test, 40 hours with a parent, 12 hours of professional instruction, 6 hours of observation while another teen has a driving lesson, junior operator's license until you turn 18, no driving after midnight, no friends in car until you've had your license with no mishaps for 6 months, etc.

 

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Registered: 12-06-1999

Not to mention the cost of insurance. Right now DS just drives my Subaru, but we have to look for a 3rd car. I can't wait to see what that s going to cost.  We are looking for something older just to get to school and work. If he needs to be on the freeway he can take my car. When he goes away to college next year his sister can drive whatever we find.

Avatar for suzyk2118
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Registered: 07-30-1997

The weirdest thing we found with insurance was that putting ds on my brand new 2011 (Nov '11 purchase, so at that time) was less expensive than putting him on the 2006 which is what he drives.  Very strange, but hey, whatever helps.  Doesn't mean that's who drives it!!

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Registered: 12-16-2003

That is great!!!

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

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