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Neighbor's 20 Year-Old Son Learning How To Drive  
User currently offlineBlackbird From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2791 times:

Sweet Jesus,

Last week he started taking driving lessons and... I didn't know a person could do so many mistakes. He has a total lead-foot! Hit the brakes full-blast, gunned the gas, nearly crashed into my car!

Has anyone here had a neighbor who was, or who's kid was learning how to drive and nearly hit you, or your car?

BTW I've re-positioned my car as to avoid a repeat of last week.


Andrea Kent

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User currently offlineSean377 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1225 posts, RR: 40
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2776 times:

Haha. What a coincidence! Last night we (the family) all watched as Drew, our 17 year old neighbour took one of his first driving lessons with his dad. He promptly reversed off the drive, via the side lawn - which was only laid a week ago! We killed ourselves laughing.


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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21552 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2768 times:

I was a total lead-foot the first time I drove a car too. Unless he's already had a few lessons, give the kid a break.

-Mir



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User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8670 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2768 times:

Quoting Sean377 (Reply 1):
He promptly reversed off the drive, via the side lawn - which was only laid a week ago! We killed ourselves laughing.

LOL.

When I was in Escondido last year, my cousin almost got us sideswiped by a car while going through an intersection. Thank goodness we were in a suburban.

Hunter



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20479 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2759 times:

Don't they do Driver's Ed in high school any longer? I used to drive my mom's car around the high school parking lot to learn how to drive before we got into the wanky Olds Cutlass station wagons the high school had for our fleet of training cars.


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User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2739 times:

20, and just now learning how to drive? I started learning when I was 13 or so. Got my license just a few minutes after receiving my "diploma" on passing drivers ed. Since I had a good grade in the class, I was exempted from taking the driving test. My sister is now 17, and doesn't seem all that interested in getting a license. That's all I wanted, when I was a bit younger then she is.


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User currently offlineLAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2733 times:

Quoting Go3Team (Reply 5):
20, and just now learning how to drive?

And i thought i was procrastinating, I got my license three weeks ago, and Im 18. Just give that man a chance, I was uncomortable for the first three days, but in less than a week i earned my license so I think everyone is uneasy at first.



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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21552 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2733 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 4):
Don't they do Driver's Ed in high school any longer?

My high school didn't. Of course, it was in New York, so I wouldn't really expect it to.

-Mir



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User currently offlineFlyingColours From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2315 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2716 times:

Quoting Go3Team (Reply 5):
20, and just now learning how to drive?

I'm 21 going on 22 and I don't drive, I learned when I was 17 but stopped before the exam because of a few reasons. Its becoming increasingly unecenomical to drive here, especially since they plan on charging us per mile in Manchester now. I didn't enjoy driving either, too many d1k-heads out there and folks who really should drive whatsoever, I found it more enjoyable if less practical to spend my money on my PPL.

Its never been a problem for me, whenever I go out its to go out drinking so I cant drive anyway. Not caused too many issues with work either (air steward), it has however stopped me from taking a job with KL at LBA though, a mistake which I do regret now.

Phil
FlyingColours



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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13985 posts, RR: 62
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2693 times:

Here you can only get a driving klicence when you are 18 (trucks and heavy motorbikes 21, mopeds and slow farm tractors 16). Until you have your licence, you are only allowed to drive in a car with dual footpedals owned by registred driving instructor with the instructor sitting beside you (with motorbikes, you'll drive ahead, with the instructor following you either on a motorbike or in a car, but you are connected by radio).
There is a minimum number of practical as well as theoretical (classroom) lessons. The mandatory practical lessons include driving at night, on the autobahn and a simulated long distance drive of 5 hours.
Most people need about 30 lessons in total until they are ready for the exam.

I did my driving licence at the age of 21-22 (motorbike and car, the old grandfathered licence good for trucks up to 7.5 tons gross weight plus trailer). Before I simply had no need for a car, since I was living in Berlin and could reach everything I needed by public transport or bicycle.

Jan


User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2680 times:

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 9):
Until you have your licence, you are only allowed to drive in a car with dual footpedals owned by registred driving instructor with the instructor sitting beside you (with motorbikes, you'll drive ahead, with the instructor following you either on a motorbike or in a car, but you are connected by radio).

Learning to drive from a certified driving instructor, what a concept. Would be nice if our Government looked into that.



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User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3363 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2658 times:

Quoting Go3Team (Reply 5):
Got my license just a few minutes after receiving my "diploma" on passing drivers ed. Since I had a good grade in the class, I was exempted from taking the driving test.

You had no practical test to get your driving license? Wow.

I had heard getting a driving license in the States was pretty much as easy as proving you could breath, but always figured at least some formalities would be in place.



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User currently offlineSean377 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1225 posts, RR: 40
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2631 times:

Quoting Mir (Reply 2):
I was a total lead-foot the first time I drove a car too. Unless he's already had a few lessons, give the kid a break.

Oh, me too. And the missus (she drove my car into a lampost after pulling away in an early lesson)! Learning to drive was probably one of the hardest things I can remember doing. That's why we laughed so much, the flashbacks of us having been there and got the t-shirt.



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User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2624 times:

Quoting Mir (Reply 2):
was a total lead-foot the first time I drove a car too.

I'm the complete opposite. My instructor's warned that I could easily fail my test for going too slowly


User currently offlineJBo From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 2316 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2620 times:

It was impossible for me to be a leadfoot when I was learning to drive, since I learned on a manual transmission. Try to leadfoot it when you're not used to the clutch and she'd just stall.  Smile

The first time I drove our truck when I was learning, I stalled it at least a dozen times just trying to back out of the driveway ... a distance of about 20 feet or so!



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20479 posts, RR: 62
Reply 15, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2615 times:

Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 11):
I had heard getting a driving license in the States was pretty much as easy as proving you could breath, but always figured at least some formalities would be in place.

It's gotten harder, but when I got mine, it was pretty easy. The state would give out learner's permits at 15 1/2 if you had passed Driver's Ed, then you'd have to take the written test, eye test and driving test. I went on my 16th birthday and failed the first time, since the tester claimed I went through a blind intersection too fast. ::grumble mutter:: I went back the next day and passed just fine.

I still remember the lady in front of me taking the eye test. You had to cover one eye, then the next, then the lady giving the test said "now both eyes", so the lady taking the test covered both of her eyes.  rotfl 



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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2609 times:

Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 11):
I had heard getting a driving license in the States was pretty much as easy as proving you could breath, but always figured at least some formalities would be in place.
When I did my Canadian license, all I had to do (when I was 16) was to pick up the Driver's Training Manual, which was a small pamphlet, not even 100 pages and about the size of a DVD case. Read it, which took about half an hour, go in later the same day, do my 20 question written test (which I got 20 out of 20), do a quick eye exam and I got my learners. After that, all I had to do was drive around for a month with someone who was older than 18 yrs of age and had a valid license. After the 30 days, I went in to do my road test which lasted about 15 minutes and that's it.

However, it has changed a little bit here now. After you pass your road and written test, you now get a green "N" that you stick on your car (the "N" stands for "Novice"), anyway, this means you can not drive between midnight and 6am (which has just changed, again IIRC), can only have 1 other person in the car, unless the other passenger is older then 25 and has a valid license, then you can have more and must have a blood alcohol content of zero. You have to stay at this level for 2 years (only 18 months if you had formal driver's training) then you do another road test and then you get your license.

Those requirements change every few months, so it's hard to keep up with it. Needless to say, accidents among new drivers are just as high as they were before this pointless "N" stage.

[Edited 2007-05-28 22:29:33]


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User currently offlineTWISTEDWHISPER From Sweden, joined Aug 2003, 711 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2590 times:

A picture says more than a thousand words

But let me draw you the scenario:
The young person (not certain about the gender) was going to have their first driving lesson. Reverse out from the parking, SLOWLY!
Result?
Something like this:


This interesting event took place in Malmö, south Sweden, this weekend.  rotfl 



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User currently offlineNosedive From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2586 times:

Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 11):

I had heard getting a driving license in the States was pretty much as easy as proving you could breath, but always figured at least some formalities would be in place.

When I got my license in 2001, all it was 3 lefts, 5 rights, and obey a "do not enter sign." Yay Memphis.


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8702 posts, RR: 43
Reply 19, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2560 times:

Quoting Blackbird (Thread starter):
I didn't know a person could do so many mistakes.

Add a (manual, of course) clutch to his car and he won't know heaven from hell! Big grin  devil 



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User currently offlineAa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3347 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2560 times:

Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 11):

I had heard getting a driving license in the States was pretty much as easy as proving you could breath, but always figured at least some formalities would be in place.

Every state is different, but most states have "graduated" license levels now.

In Pennslyvania, when you turn sixteen, take a computerized test that shuts off once you answer thirteen out of (I think) fifteen questions correctly. Now you have a permit, which allows you to drive with someone over the age of (I think) 21 before 11:00 PM.

After six months and at least fifty hours of that, you can get a junior license, which allows you to drive by yourself before 11:00 PM, unless you're working or have community service (then you can drive after that, as long as you're traveling to/from those places). To get the junior license, you have to pass a road test, which isn't much more than parallel parking and driving down a street for two or three miles (mine took a total of twenty minutes).

If you take formalized driver's ed class and have no traffic tickets, you can get an unrestricted license at 17.5. Otherwise, you wait until you're 18 and you can just fill out a form for it.

I definitely think the driving system should become more challenging...


User currently offlineTUSaadvantage From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2522 times:

Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 11):
You had no practical test to get your driving license? Wow.

I had heard getting a driving license in the States was pretty much as easy as proving you could breath, but always figured at least some formalities would be in place.

I didn't have to take a test either. I took three 1 hr driving classes (after doing some driving with my dad) and the teacher gave me a waver for the practical test. I went to a private DMV (department of motor vehicles) type place and picked up my license.


User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2503 times:

Quoting TUSaadvantage (Reply 21):
I didn't have to take a test either. I took three 1 hr driving classes (after doing some driving with my dad) and the teacher gave me a waver for the practical test. I went to a private DMV (department of motor vehicles) type place and picked up my license.

Wow..you people have it easy up there! I had to do a driving test, and I failed the first time I did it because I spun the wheels and rolled back..haha. I got my driving license when I was 18, I'm 25 now..and I've been driving for 9 years (I first drove when I was 16). I love driving a car...I think its almost as enjoyable as flying Big grin



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User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8670 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2467 times:

In Florida,I got my permit at 15, my E at 16 and i'm getting B at 21.

Hunter



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User currently offlineTZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2867 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2448 times:

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 23):
In Florida,I got my permit at 15, my E at 16 and i'm getting B at 21.

Umm...what?



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25 USAFHummer : It was a required course for us in high school, taken once a week in 10th grade, and without a doubt the biggest waste of time ever...mostly watching
26 MCOflyer : My permit at 15. My drivers licence at 16. I'm getting my B licence which is what you need to drive a school bus in florida. Hunter
27 Post contains images WestJetForLife : Here in Alberta, things are basically like this: at 14, you can get your learners after taking a computerized test (stupid computer thing broke on my
28 ACDC8 : Do you need to be 21 for that?
29 Post contains images LOT767-300ER : Har har har..that sucks. You couldnt take it privately as an option? Thats what I did. 30 days before I turned 16 I went to PolSport driving school o
30 NWA742 : Firstly - have you considered whether he's a government agent conspiring to damage your car? You better make sure. I would certainly contact a conspi
31 Post contains images HAWK21M : Some people should not be doing certain things regds MEL
32 DeltAirlines : Massachusetts was pretty easy to get a license in back in 2002. When you turn 16, you go the department of motor vehicles, take a computer test (I thi
33 Type-Rated : At one point in time you could get a full fledged drivers license in Florida at the age of 14! A lot of families from up north used to get their kids
34 NWA742 : That is insane. -NWA742
35 Futurecaptain : My drivers test in AZ consisted of parallel parking, 2 stop signs, and 2 stop lights. I think we covered about 2 miles distance and I got my license.
36 N710PS : My sister is the worst driver ever. My dad used to make fun of me as I could fly before I could drive abd I started off useing the pedals like rudder
37 Type-Rated : Also, when I first got my drivers license in Chicago there was a little test track you drove around in that had all kinds of features, parallel parkin
38 JAGflyer : In Ontario we have a graduated system. G class is for general vehicles (G1, G2, G) G1: Written test on road signs and rules, you can drive with a pers
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