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Old 05-20-2008, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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My son is learning how to drive. I took him over to the parking lot at Valley College, and that lasted ten minutes or so before the campus police came by and told us that he couldn't practice there.

Does anyone know of a big parking lot in the SF Valley without any speed bumps? He needs to get used to the feel of the car without being able to really hit anything and do any damage!
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Old 05-20-2008, 07:57 PM
 
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I taught all my friend to drive stick-shifts at a local church parking lot... I also taught a few people how do drive there also.

Starting, Stopping and Parking cover about 80% of the problem areas...

Any churches nearby where you can practice? I would do a couple of sessions before hitting... I mean going out on public streets...

Remember the adjust the seat and mirror checks... more than a few have failed the test on technicalities...

Good Luck...

What he's learning on? Honda is my guess
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Old 05-20-2008, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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Hmm, I never thought of church parking lots. Thanks, Ultrarunner! You were close with the car guess; it's a Toyota Corolla.
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Old 05-20-2008, 08:09 PM
 
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That would have been my second guess... really!

My Mom's only new car and the car she absolutely loves is her 2002 Corolla 'S'...

She wanted a factory sunroof and airbags... we ended up having to order the car... you'd never guess how hard it is to get a dealer to order a car... well anyway, we found one that would.

I wrote to the President of Toyota and asked if we could come to the NUMMI plant in Fremont CA to see HER car being built...

We were welcomed as if Royalty and spent 5 hours watching her car going down the line... it was truly one of our highlights. Seemed all 5000 employee's new about Mom and how she had lost her husband 6 weeks ago and how Dad, from his hospital bed, told me to get Mom a new Toyota Corolla so he wouldn't have to worry about her...

It really was a marvelous day and every time Mom drives her car she thinks of Dad... the 40 mpg she gets on the highway helps too!!!
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Old 05-21-2008, 12:03 AM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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Take him to the parking lot at the zoo. You can also take him to practice on the street that runs through Griffith Park, the zoo and Western Heritage museum - Riverside or Victory I cant remember which one it is.
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Old 05-21-2008, 08:35 AM
 
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Be sure and cover threshold braking, swerving, and things of that nature. He needs to be comfortable with handling a car, not scared of it.

I applaud you for taking the time to teach him. I've seen a few people on the roads that could use your help. :-)
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