My day today...

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by pk_powell, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. pk_powell

    pk_powell New Member

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    Oldest daughter got her learners permit to drive,now Mom has to teach her how. So this is the way it was. Get in the car,seat belt,pull car out of garage.Next thing I know were startin and stoppin.Ok says I we need to relax.Take a deep breath and when youre ready lightly touch the gas pedal and smoothly pull out,whoa Jackie stop you're gonna hit the tree:crazy:Now breath,get away from the tree move out into the gravel road,she's crawlin now,turn right Jackie and give it a little gas,well we ended back up in the yard with me hollorin swerve or you're gonna take out the mailbox,she just missed it by a fraction of an inch.Now I'm lookin at her,take a deep breath and say to her"without hittin the mailbox,back up,don't hit the tree,get us out of this yard and back on the road.Finally she got to where she drives ok on gravel but the black top is another story.:roll_eyes:Lord give me patience!!:smile2:
     
  2. r ward

    r ward New Member

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    I tought four of my six to drive I'll pray for you LOL but you will survive just try to refrane sp from yelling cause then you both get nervous been there done that
     

  3. CountryHart

    CountryHart New Member

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    You and her both will be fine, it takes practice. Tryed to teach wife to drive 18 wheeler but dismissed that idea pretty quick.:smile2: I taught all our kids to drive and run a boat. If something happens, i want whoever is there to at least be able to drive.
     
  4. ryang

    ryang Well-Known Member

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    Thats what you get when you have a woman driver trying to teach a girl how to drive:smile2::smile2::tounge_out::tounge_out:

    Really good luck with it I have a few years before I have to worry about it.
     
  5. plainsman

    plainsman New Member Supporting Member

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    I was teaching my wife to drive, I gave it up and let someone else do it. She didn't pass her test the first time either, but I"m still scared to ride with her.

    A guy I knew was teachin his wife to drive his car, with a 4 spd, he got so upset he got outa the car and slammed the door so hard he shattered the window.
     
  6. Catgirl

    Catgirl New Member

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    I've never taught anyone how to drive. (Somehow I think the BOC brothers are thankin' the Lord right now......even though they've never been in a car with me! :smile2:)

    Gran was in the passenger seat, and I was "driving".....we were practicing parking as a matter of fact. The parking space was on a downhill slope, and I think she thought I was gonna plow into the window of that particular store! I wasn't, knew where the brake was. SOOOOO......it might not be so easy Pat, but sometimes, when ya have kids who've been raised with responsibility (as I know yours have), they do the right thing.

    Please don't take that to mean they ALL do. Even good kids make mistakes.
     
  7. anchorpuller

    anchorpuller New Member

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    I stayed single a long time. Most of my friends were married and had kids; some of them teenagers. I've taught five to drive. I used my own little car. It was fun for them. I had a little Toyota four speed. Standard everything. Nothing fancy.

    We would have fun; lots of laughter. I'd share how I bought my first car and didn't know how to drive it home. We went from there to showing them how I shifted gears. As we'd cruise through and about town, I'd have them shift gears for me. Then, when the stores closed, we'd hit a deserted parking lot...sometimes in the wee hours when most kids love to get in trouble. It made them feel like they were really doing something.

    We would start off with just pulling out in first gear, then changing. Of course stopping was in there, but not as forced as with traffic. Before we would leave the parking lot, they would be able to park it inside the lines of the parking spaces, back out; parallel park to the curb; do a three point turn,etc.

    When we both felt fairly comfortable, we'd hit the street. Sometimes it got a little serious or quiet, but most of the time we both kept smiles on our faces. Did get stopped once when my little friend was rabbiting the car trying to go at a green light. The policeman was really nice; not a bit of trouble.

    Pat, good luck with your endeavor. I know the ones I got to teach gave me great memories and I hope I gave them some.
     
  8. CountryHart

    CountryHart New Member

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    Sittin here thinkin when i was a little guy Daddy had a minnow farm. He'ld let me drive around the leveys some and on dirt roads. Anyway he had a wood barn with crap stored in it and sent me up there to get something.Barn has plenty of room around it mind ya, anyway i come wheelin around the corner of it and never straightened it up:embarassed: Bad deal. Them there was the time i run the minnow truck with tanks full of minnows off the levy. Had to dump the load back into the pond in order to pull it out. After i got some age on me i wasn't bad to crash but transmissions and motors along with rear tires seemed not to last very long. Been years since i spun a tire or blew up an engine and am happy with a 6 cyl. There was a time i had rather walk than be seen in one.
     
  9. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    I tried teaching my wife how to drive my 83 F250 diesel with a 5 speed stick,Finally gave up. My daughter is a different story,at 12 yrs old,She will drive my welding rig around our 1 1/2 acre yard all day if I let her,Even pulls trailers and parks em . I will admit the first few times ,I choked on my beer while watchin.
     
  10. olefin

    olefin New Member

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    I taught both our daughters in my manual 4 speed Morris Minor. (work car) Wife learned in an auto and she still can't drive a manual.

    Don't remember anyone teaching me to drive. Started driving tractors before cars. We moved to Arkansas from TX right after my 14th birthday, I drove all the way. My dad hated driving.
     
  11. ladyfish50

    ladyfish50 New Member

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    Heehee! Great story! I tried to teach my son, Tony (who is now 30yrs old) how to drive a manual transmission when he was about 15. He could already--sort of--handle the automatic & I had a little 2 door Pontiac 4speed. He was wanting to learn, so...... Well, after several hours in an empty parking lot, he still couldn't get the hang of the clutch-gas-brake thing.:embarassed:So we just abandoned that idea. When he got married several years later, his wife would tease him about not being able to handle "a stick".:tounge_out:Well, guess what? He now drives an 18wheeler long haul! Been doing it for just over 2years. I guess it took "professionals" to teach him how to shift gears!!:smile2:
     
  12. Catfish_Scooter

    Catfish_Scooter New Member

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    Drivin' is quite a breeze to me..:smile2:
     
  13. catfishinsc

    catfishinsc New Member

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    Probably the best way to get someone to learn the basics of driving is to start them in an open parking lot or field - somewhere where they won't have to deal with other cars or obstacles. It can take a while to get used to the feel of what it takes to take off, break, and steer smoothly and accurately, and on the streets in traffic is not the place to learn it. Also might not be a bad idea to not be in the car with them - that can put a lot of pressure on a young driver and the gasping, yelling, and criticism are also things they don't need when trying to learn.

    My dad started both me and my sister well before we were old enough to get our permits driving around the hunting land in the old truck. Then when it was time to hit the road there was no problems. I had been driving tractors for a while before though, and using a trailer behind the tractor is how I learned the basics of backing a trailer.

    He taught me to drive a stick a while after I had my license. Basically he took me out and taught me the basics enough to get me going, then just had me running around by myself to really get the handle on it.
     
  14. jerseycat9

    jerseycat9 New Member

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    If you taught someone how to drive I dont think there would be any BOC brothers left to be thankfull:smile2: Images from the movie roadwarrior come to mind:big_smile:
     
  15. boswifedeb

    boswifedeb USCA Jailhouse Lawyer

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    Pat, I'm about to start teaching my daughter. She wants to learn how to drive on my car ('94 Ford Escort, 5 speed). I remember when my dad was teaching me on his 1975 VW Rabbit (4 speed). It later became my first car. Oh, did I mention it was a glow in the dark green?!?!?:eek:oooh::smile2: Daddy said it was so everybody could see me coming from a mile off! I taught one of my friends how to drive a stick in high school. Her dad called, said he'd given up and he'd give me $50 to teach her. 3 hours later, I was $50 richer and she could drive the car!!
     
  16. snakeman76

    snakeman76 New Member

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    I agree with tom take her to a big parking lot maybe an old shopping center thats closed practice parking,turning all that fun stuff:crazy: