DS passed driver's test!

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DS passed driver's test!
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Wed, 02-05-2014 - 1:17pm

I don't wish to embarrass my second eldest DS - but he won't be frequenting this board anyway...but then I think he should not be embarrassed  but pleased and proud as we are, his parents, for finally passing the driver's test to get his license!  It's just that it's taken him a few tries to get it.  I think the driving test is quite difficult - though some of his errors in the past were I think due to a certain inattentiveness - kind of being caught off guard or maybe just not thinking?  I don't know...it's taken him time and practice and concerted effort I would think to remember all the little things one must do to drive according to the rules of the road.  (He was my son who at a younger age was suspected of having ADD though with testing it was never conclusive). 

Actually he is now very close to the age I myself got my driver's license...in fact, he was with me when I got it. I was something like 8 months pregnant with him at the time!  I was 31 years old and up to then managed to get by without knowing how to drive...i.e. getting around the city with train, or bus or walking...depending.  I finally realized more of a need to know how to drive when I was pregnant with my second child.  I had a sense that getting around to where I wanted to go with two children would be far easier with an ability to use our one vehicle - since Ray always took public transportation to get to work.  So I took a driver's ed course and this was in Montreal (or just outside of the city in the suburbs) and I was a nervous wreck during my practical driving part...but I persisted and when it came to the actual driving test I managed to pass, but honestly, it wasn't that hard!  I am very sure that the test that my own children had to do here in Calgary was (from what I heard from them) much much more difficult!  At 8 months pregnant it was a miracle that I managed to even fit behind the wheel of the car!  I remember the driving tester fellow not asking me to do a whole lot of driving or anything terribly difficult (no parallel parking, thank heavens!).  And so I passed it.  It was, I am sure, not so easy for DS who passed it just yesterday (after a few tests over a period of time). 

He managed for years to get by with public transportation which is pretty amazing in a city like Calgary that is built so that it relies so heavily on the use of the car.  But lately he had found it most frustrating to not have the easier means of having a car to even go shopping for groceries (and he doesn't live in walking distance to a grocery store).  Anyway now that's three of four of my children who have their driver's license.  DD is the last one who so far hasn't felt a huge need to have and drive a car.  So far...!

Shirley

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Thu, 02-06-2014 - 11:16am

We didn't have Driver's Ed when I went to high school-& I don't remember it being an option where our kids went. They had to sign up for it independently. After I got my licence-& in the last few months before our oldest was born, Mike thought I should know more about how the car worked so talked me into going to the local high school for a Auto Mechanics course. A Nursing classmate & I joined together-we joked that I'd be okay, as long as they didn't try to fit me under the cars. I would dutifully take notes-it meant nothing to me, but I'd bring them home & Mike would excitedly read my notes & agree with it all. Then I'd return the next week-just as dumb as the first week. Finally, when I could no longer fit behind a school desk-I said "ENOUGH"-he knew everything he was reading, I knew nothing from any of the classes & refused to return. (I gave birth 2 weeks later-about 2 weeks before the classes ended)-I still only know where the gas goes in, the windshield fluid goes in & who to call for a flat tire-isn't that why we belong to CAA?

Nora

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Thu, 02-06-2014 - 12:19pm

You guys near Kingston really got snowed in yesterday? Still digging out? I have to call my SIL.. she lives down the road (401) from you, near Trenton.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Thu, 02-06-2014 - 5:51pm

I am trying to remember if driver's ed and driver's training were offered at school. I attended a private boarding HS for 9th and 10th grades (10th is typically when one would take it here) and I *think* the driver's ed course was part of our curriculum, and the Training (behind the wheel part) was available after school for a fee from a driving school. My parents paid for me to get the Training course. I think that at that time the public HS offered Driver's Ed and Training, but I don't know if the Training was included at taxpayer expense or if each family had to pay for that part---I'm thinking that it was just part of the 10th grade curriculum in those days.

By the time my kids got to HS, well I hardly remember! The Ed portion might have been available but the Training not, by then the schools were already in cost-cutting mode. Ds certainly didn't have time for it in his IB schedule. We paid for him to take a classroom course in the summer, I recall driving him to it for 4 or 5 days, I don't remember if it was all day or just the mornings. When he passed that course he could proceed to the  in-car Training portion and I think that was about 4 sessions with an instructor. He needed to show proof of passing in order to take the Driver's License written exam and road test. I think that the license was provisional meaning he couldn't transport minors unless there was someone over 21 in the vehicle, and he couldn't drive after a certain time of night. At 18 those restrictions lifted. Those restrictions were a big deal since there had been nothing like that before. They came into law around the time ds turned 16 and some of his friends with earlier birthdays who got their licenses right when they turned 16 did not have a provisional license. I don't know if the rules have gotten stricter in the past 10+ years. 

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Thu, 02-06-2014 - 8:01pm

Hi -we got another 20cm (8" for our USA friends)on top of whatever was here-plus it's snowed off & on since. Not a biggie this year. We're lucky in being retired-we don't have to go anywhere, I don't have to worry about Adam needing a quick trip to hospital (though we always had neighbours willing to help us get out of the driveway/road) so I just sit here & look at the snow & think evil thoughts about Winter.

I was chuckling a bit-I guess they got as much in the Toronto/Mississauga area-& it is a big deal down there! The 401 was a mess everywhere-people seem to forget they need to slow down in this.

This is the type of Winter that it pays to be a hoarder collector-I have books, yarn & fabric so I'm not going stir-crazy. Alas-poor Mike-it'd have been the perfect year for them to snowmobile. But he's keeping busy with painting & such.

Nora

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Fri, 02-07-2014 - 10:10am

Congrats to your ds! Here in IL drivers ed is part of the school curriculum - it was 35+ years ago when I was in school and still is. You do have to go to the DMV for the final driving test to get your license, however. DH, DS26 and I all got our license as soon as we turned 16. DS23 was about 16 1/2 before he got his. He didn't pass the driving portion the first time and was in no big rush. He still isn't crazy about driving. There was no public transportation where I lived when I was growing up and there's none where we live now (rural subdivision setting) so pretty much everyone gets there license as a teen. In the nearby mid-sized city there is public transportation so it may be different there.

Pam
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Registered: 04-16-2009
Fri, 02-07-2014 - 11:15am

Yea, we do like to chuckle about Toronto, the city we all love to hate.  They get a few centimeters and out comes the army.  And yet, here, we just keep going. It has to be a mega storm to shut this city down.

I hate driving on the 401; too many transports speeding and playing "leap frog", blinding you with their back spray.  I have had too many "near misses" with those idiots over the years.

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