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Old 05-06-2007, 01:53 PM
 
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I need to teach my son how to drive. To make matters worse, I'll be teaching him in a car with a manual transmission, so I'm looking for a safe and unpopulated area to teach him without getting us both killed. Can anyone recommend a good location within 30 miles of San Antonio? We're in the Stone Oak area, if it makes any difference.

I've only been here a few months, so I don't know the city and its surroundings all that well. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.
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Old 05-06-2007, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Seattle/San Antonio/Houston
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Blossom athletic center- its at the corner of jones-maltsberger and starcrest..its the NEISD complex you have a huge empty parking lot that you can practice in

Also on some of the back roads going to bulvede just up 281
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Old 05-06-2007, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Diyallusss, TX
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What AdidasDude19 said.... or any other VERY LARGE venue parking lot...

When I was a teenager growing up in So California, my daddy took us (my brothers and myself) to the racetrack at Santa Anita....

I think it was really mainly so he could watch the ponies train every morning, but..... we did stay pretty safe in that big ole parking lot.....
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Old 05-06-2007, 06:49 PM
 
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My dad taught me to drive in the Clark High School parking lot, and then we practiced in Shavano Park - their streets are usually pretty slow.
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Old 05-06-2007, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Western Bexar County
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Blossom athletic center- its at the corner of jones-maltsberger and starcrest..its the NEISD complex you have a huge empty parking lot that you can practice in

Also on some of the back roads going to bulvede just up 281
Yes, definitely start with a LARGE empty area. I taught my two daughters at the NISD Athletic Complex at Culebra and Loop 410. Next, go out into the country (driving on Hwy 16 to Bandera can be used and some offshoots like Hwy 211 between Bandera and Culebra) where there is less traffic and they can learn how a car handles at higher speeds. Follow that with residential streets, then city streets, and finally the freeway. Make sure to tell him NOT to trust any driver and to expect the unexpected. Drive defensively and constantly look for possible escape routes if a situation develops. While he's driving keep asking "what if" scenarios to reinforce his learning. Good luck and you shouldn't get too many gray hairs.
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Old 05-07-2007, 12:17 PM
 
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did u hear in the news a couple of days ago, studies show that most people who were taught by parents how to drive, meaning not in formal driving schools, turn out to be involved more in accidents later on...
just sharing, something to think about... and does not mean i concur...
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Old 05-07-2007, 12:24 PM
 
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Well, I believe that TX law is that if you're under the age of 18 you have to have taken an actual drivers ed course to get your license. I know that this was the case when my brother and I got our licenses 8 and 11 years ago, respectively. But you only get a certain number of hours practice in drivers ed - the time spent driving supervised by parents is invaluable.
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Old 05-07-2007, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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At this point I would stay out of Shavano Park. Don't want a cop tailgating a newer driver which they might do.
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Old 05-07-2007, 01:38 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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Well, I believe that TX law is that if you're under the age of 18 you have to have taken an actual drivers ed course to get your license. I know that this was the case when my brother and I got our licenses 8 and 11 years ago, respectively. But you only get a certain number of hours practice in drivers ed - the time spent driving supervised by parents is invaluable.
Actually now you can do the parent taught drivers ed in Texas. You send off to the state for the packet. It is either that or the drivers ed businesses and the way I see them drive, no thanks. I've turned in a few of those for their poor driving habits.

Also check w/ your insurnance agent. I just found out that Farmers has a kind of "mini course" type thing they have that you go to their office and watch some safety videos and such and you then get a discount.
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Old 05-11-2007, 07:36 AM
 
Location: In San Antonio
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or go downtown to Alamodome parking lot....any high school on weekends....Blossom thats good too....or parking garage top floor....that helps on ur slow speed driving....u dont use tha gas as much when in traffic to good clutch skills help...so u dont burn ur clutch in a week.
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