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Old 10-21-2012, 06:22 AM
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OK .. it's that time in which I need to either enroll my teen in a driving school.... or do the parent taught version.

I'd rather do the parent taught way, but after sending in $20 to receive a packet of paper that informed me I need to spend MORE money to teach my child... I'm fuming. How expensive will this get if I do parent taught? I might as well go the route of the driving school if that's the case!

So... advice? From people who've done this.. of course.
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:00 AM
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Our son and I are doing the parent-taught program and it's not bad. He's completing the academics online and I teach him the actual driving part. It's all dependent on your teen, do they seem ready to do this or will he / she need a lot of instruction? If the latter, then maybe a school would be the best choice; otherwise the parent-taught option is easier and cheaper.

Good luck! M2
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:12 AM
Location: San Antonio
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We did the parent taught a few years ago and am glad we did. It does take a big effort on both parts but it's worth it in the end. Or at lease I think so.

oops, just reread your post. The only charge when we had was the $20.00. You can choose to buy the material or read it on line. We did it all on line.
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:23 AM
Location: 1604 & Potranco Area
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It depends on your kids and your relationship with them...my daughter "knows more than her parents" so she needs to hear it from someone else to believe it.

If you pay a school then you still need to do a ton of driving with them anyway so I think it is the best of both worlds, they also get visits from PD or FD to drive home the dangers and watch accident videos to drive home that operating a 2 ton vehicle is not just fun but a serious responsibility.

Oh, I would also say it depends on how you drive...if you are not a perfect driver then you can loose some of your credibility.
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:27 AM
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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I've used a combination of driving school and me (Mrs. NBP has refused to help). MD requires a bunch of hours of practice past what the driving schools offer so there's really no alternative to the parent, or another licensed adult, doing it.

I have noticed my kids have my bad driving habits as well as their mother's. Oh, their ages: girls 29 and 22 now, boys 27 and turning 16.
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:40 AM
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The parent taught route from what I understood was $20 .. but when we got the packet of information that just explains the rules of the program.... followed w a bunch of links and a "you will need to purchase ....." I was just a little confused..

Thanks for the advice!
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:43 AM
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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As others noted - went the school/University of Dad route. They teach the basics at school, then the Old Man put 'em on the road w/him for several thousands (literally - I'm on the road a LOT) of miles all over South Texas, teaching them the Rules of the Road, basic courtesy's, etc. I think it helped 'em become better drivers in the long run....
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:58 AM
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I'm just starting the parent-taught program with my son. We both think it's great because after he studies and passes the written test, we get to go on road trips, which we both love to do. I start him out way out in the boonies somewhere to get him used to being behind the wheel, and gradually get him used to more traffic until *gasp* , we can drive in San Antonio traffic. Great bonding time for both! The program cost under 200 bucks total, he can do it at his own pace (and mine), and I'm sure he would rather learn from me than from some stranger...or his mom! Good luck!
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:58 AM
Location: San Antonio
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We just did the parent taught, cost was only $20 for the information packet. There was stuff available online to download for free. We were shuttling back and forth between practices and I couldn't afford the driving school anyways. I think my daughter got more time behind the wheel with me.
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:32 AM
Location: Mid South Central TX
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We did the school based. Because my son needs a few adaptations that the district vehicles did not have, we had to use our car. Which meant that one of us had to be in the car during the lesson.

While it did involve our time, the advice from a "third party" was invaluable. Not only did our (extremely stubborn) son listen to the driving instructor's advice, he utilized it. We had 2 different instructors, so had more feedback.

What was interesting to us, as, uh, "seasoned" drivers, was hearing those instructions again. They were able to give good tips and tricks to him that we would never have thought to tell him. You just do certain things automatically, and perhaps don't think to verbalize them.

Just our 2 cents worth.
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