Do you teach your children how to drive or let someone else do it and at what age do you start?
Do you live in the country and teach them to drive early in a big pasture or live in the city and start in the parking lot? Maybe you just let them take drivers ed in school:)) So which one did you do with your children or will you be planning on in the future? Who taught you to drive?
My children learned to drive the tractor out in a pasture at the age of 12. I have a Grandson that we taught to drive. He got his learner's permit, then pulled out in front of a semi. Now he is terrified and won't even try to drive. I blame my Granddaugher who allowed him to merge out onto the interstate.
My boyfriends taught me how to drive.
My girls did a few hours with a driving instructor then I let them drive in & out of town for practise ...
My husband daught me to drive when I was 8 months pregnant , with my test had no driving in town or sudden stops etc !
Although I learned to drive a mini-bike and graduated to a dirt bike and tractor by 12 and was driving 1 ton trucks by 17... I (personally) instructed my 3 daughters one at a time when they were 16 or close to 17 while we resided in a moderately sized city. I did indeed begin to instruct them in the Lowe's parking lot (strategically located near where we live and moderately void of any traffic)... I must add although they are safe drivers now and accident-free (touch wood, no not my head); I failed at teaching them how to handle a manual tranny. I do regret that...
I taught my children to drive. When I taught my first one we lived in a very small town in North Dakota. I was so sick of seeing every street in that town 3 or 4 times daily on our drives. We have always lived rurally so we started out on quieter streets and a parking lot or two. They also took Driver's Ed.
I lived with my aunt and uncle and they taught me to drive and also in Driver's Ed.
Although my mother tried, a good family friend ultimately taught me how to drive (stick shift) when I was nearly 16 years old. Once I had the hang of it and just needed to practice, my mother and I could go out together - but for the basics you probably need a super easy-going and trusted someone who has a little more distance and is less likely to get frustrated with you.
The smallest amount of frustration or annoyance is immediately obvious to the poor tyke behind the wheel, and stress levels rise exponentially. I strongly recommend finding someone trusted who really just doesn't care whether your child has finished her chores in a timely manner. Neighbors, family friends - all good choices. And it helps if they have a super old car, of course. No Mercedes for Jr's trial run (speaking of unhelpful stress).
Only one of my daughter drives, and I did not teach her at all! I get petrified when it comes to teaching others driving. I have a 'lead foot' I drive very fast and know the dangers..... So I avoid teaching others. My daughter took classes, and practiced driving with my husband. Worked out fine!
I lived on a farm when I was younger drove the tracter and the utes but never got my P's until I was in my 30th no one was willing to let me drive on the road. My children on the other had my son went with an instructor and got his pretty quick but with the laws changing I will be teaching my daughter between 14 and 15 to get the confidence before she gets on the road.
I would suggest that you have some one else teach your child, if you are a bit nervous about it. We were fortunate enough to live out in the country with sixteen acres of lane and field for our child to practice at the time. Using an empty school parking lot is always a safer option when first starting out.
I lived out in the country and taught my children to drive. I had a standard minivan that they learned on. I made them practice shifting while it was parked in the driveway and then we just started cruising the dirt roads. We eventually moved up to real roads and the boys did fine. My daughter is getting to that age now and we will be teaching her also. They do not have drivers ed here so that is out.
I lived in a large city when I learned to drive. They had drivers ed at my school and I took it. My dad got all excited and yelled so my mom would take me to practice. She was a school bus driver and was very calm. She needed to be. lol
I was teaching my son how to drive at 10 on our little, sort of, farm.
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