Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2014 Goal: $450.00 - To Date: $450.00 (100.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > Miscellaneous > Locker Room


Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Steelers

An important history lesson for you TRUE Steelers fans!

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 03-31-2009, 03:09 PM   #1
trauben
Bench Warmer
 
trauben's Avatar
 

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: City of reigning Super Bowl and Stanley Cup Champions!!!
Posts: 324
Member Number: 7929
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Smile Teaching a child to drive

Well? The time has finally arrived and this coming Saturday morning I'll be taking my 16 year old daughter to the DMV and getting her a driver's permit. Then I'll drive us up to the local mall where we are going to switch seats and I'll begin teaching her to have confidence behind the wheel of a vehicle.

I can't believe 16 years have passed so quickly!

It seems like just yesterday I was teaching her to ride her bike and encouraging her to take off those training wheels.

You know? I can honestly say that I'm not worried about this. If I had a skittish, unconfident child I might be, but she's nothing of the kind. She's smart, steady in her decisions, not over-confident, and has a healthy respect for rules.

Maybe I'm more calm about this because I've been through it once before teaching a sister to drive when she lived with me.

Anyone out there have any tips or horror/success stories to share on this topic?

I'll let you know how it goes on Monday.

If by chance I'm not back, send out the troops!
__________________
IT'S A GREAT DAY FOR HOCKEY!
LET'S GO PENS!

trauben is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2009, 03:48 PM   #2
lamberts-lost-tooth
Banned
 
lamberts-lost-tooth's Avatar
 

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Midwest
Posts: 10,829
Gender: Male
Member Number: 2363
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default Re: Teaching a child to drive

Quote:
Originally Posted by trauben View Post
Well? The time has finally arrived and this coming Saturday morning I'll be taking my 16 year old daughter to the DMV and getting her a driver's permit. Then I'll drive us up to the local mall where we are going to switch seats and I'll begin teaching her to have confidence behind the wheel of a vehicle.

I can't believe 16 years have passed so quickly!

It seems like just yesterday I was teaching her to ride her bike and encouraging her to take off those training wheels.

You know? I can honestly say that I'm not worried about this. If I had a skittish, unconfident child I might be, but she's nothing of the kind. She's smart, steady in her decisions, not over-confident, and has a healthy respect for rules.

Maybe I'm more calm about this because I've been through it once before teaching a sister to drive when she lived with me.

Anyone out there have any tips or horror/success stories to share on this topic?

I'll let you know how it goes on Monday.

If by chance I'm not back, send out the troops!
My son gets his permit in the next couple of weeks....I think I should be asking advise from you!!!!!
lamberts-lost-tooth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2009, 03:55 PM   #3
Galax Steeler
The Virginia Hillbilly
Supporter
 
Galax Steeler's Avatar
 

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Galax Va
Posts: 105,258
Gender: Male
Member Number: 3287
Thanks: 1,393
Thanked 3,939 Times in 1,653 Posts
My Mood: Lurking
Default Re: Teaching a child to drive

My son is only seven almost eight and I already let him sit in my lap and steer my truck on the back roads he really do's good so hopefully when he turns sixteen he will know what he is doing and be ready to drive. I believe in getting them started young and learning them as they go.
__________________
Galax Steeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2009, 04:05 PM   #4
trauben
Bench Warmer
 
trauben's Avatar
 

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: City of reigning Super Bowl and Stanley Cup Champions!!!
Posts: 324
Member Number: 7929
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Teaching a child to drive

Quote:
Originally Posted by lamberts-lost-tooth View Post
My son gets his permit in the next couple of weeks....I think I should be asking advise from you!!!!!
Never lose your cool. They'll lose confidence in themselves forever.

I had an incident when my sister was making a fast turn into a bank's parking lot too wide. I had to reach over her and grab the wheel from the far side and yank hard to ensure that turn wouldn't hit the outbound car. We missed it by a hair. I had never said a word. She literally let the car coast into the parking lot and rest in a space near no one. We were there for me to get money out of the ATM. I simply got out, got the money, and when I came back to the car? She was sitting in the passenger seat silently wiping away tears of fear. I walked up to the passenger window (which was down), and joked at her to get out of my seat. Then she cracked and started crying saying that she didn't think I'd let her drive again. I made her get out and get behind the wheel again and then we sat and talked. I told her to always remember that she was in command of the vehicle, the vehicle was not in command of her. I told her that if she didn't like the approach and speed to a turn, simply go around the block and come back at it. I told her not to focus on the a-hole behind her irritated at her inexperience and to only focus on the moment at hand. Then I told her she was smart and could easily do this as I pointed out some freak driving by and stating that if he could drive, so could she. We laughed. She wiped away the tears. Then she determinedly started the car up again and never once had a problem. I always felt good after that with her behind the wheel. I think if I had reacted differently that day, if I had gone off into a tantrum ranting and raving at her? Called her names? There would've been a serious lack of confidence in her ability for life. Even if we had connected? The car was insured, cars are repaired, but images and words spoken harshly are burnt in the brain to be recalled forever. I'd rather pay the damages and laugh about it later in life than have a bad memory sour our relationship for the future.

Just my advice........since you asked.
__________________
IT'S A GREAT DAY FOR HOCKEY!
LET'S GO PENS!

trauben is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2009, 04:13 PM   #5
trauben
Bench Warmer
 
trauben's Avatar
 

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: City of reigning Super Bowl and Stanley Cup Champions!!!
Posts: 324
Member Number: 7929
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Teaching a child to drive

Quote:
Originally Posted by Galax Steeler View Post
My son is only seven almost eight and I already let him sit in my lap and steer my truck on the back roads he really do's good so hopefully when he turns sixteen he will know what he is doing and be ready to drive. I believe in getting them started young and learning them as they go.
I bought one of those electric cars for my daughter when she was young. I drew stop signs, yield signs and parking lot spaces in our driveway and walkways with colored chalk. This way she could start practicing young. Why not? She had the ability to back up and put that thing in reverse, why not use it to introduce the process to her? My daughter loves to tell people that she remembers me teaching her how to do a three-point turn on our walkways.
__________________
IT'S A GREAT DAY FOR HOCKEY!
LET'S GO PENS!

trauben is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2009, 04:14 PM   #6
steelreserve
Goatse + Tubgirl = $$$
 
steelreserve's Avatar
 

Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: www.meatspin.com
Posts: 4,599
Member Number: 1976
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Teaching a child to drive

You make it sound so easy. I lived near Philadelphia for a few months in the end of 2007, and when I tried to go through all the DMV stuff so I could legally drive a car I had bought, they made it pretty clear that the state of Pennsylvania does not want anyone to drive a car there ever. And I already HAD a perfectly good driver's license. Hope it works out for you...
__________________
"An empty victory is a victory nonetheless."
steelreserve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2009, 04:18 PM   #7
NJarhead
BewbmeisterExtraordinaire
Supporter
 
NJarhead's Avatar
 

Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 7,451
Gender: Male
Member Number: 1932
Thanks: 1,791
Thanked 3,153 Times in 1,324 Posts
My Mood: Inspired
Default Re: Teaching a child to drive

You sure the Mall is the best place? I know I am petrified to drive in the mall p-lot here myself.
Maybe that's just because it's New Jersey though (Soccer/Shopping Mom capital of the world).
__________________
"Roughing the Brady - 15 yard penalty: Automatic first down."
NJarhead is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2009, 05:04 PM   #8
MACH1
Quest For Seven
Supporter
 
MACH1's Avatar
 

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Potataho
Posts: 14,940
Member Number: 3236
Thanks: 2,117
Thanked 6,470 Times in 2,384 Posts
Default Re: Teaching a child to drive

It could be worse. Up until a few years ago the legal age for driving in Idaho was 14.
__________________


ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ
MACH1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2009, 06:02 PM   #9
lamberts-lost-tooth
Banned
 
lamberts-lost-tooth's Avatar
 

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Midwest
Posts: 10,829
Gender: Male
Member Number: 2363
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default Re: Teaching a child to drive

Quote:
Originally Posted by trauben View Post
Never lose your cool. They'll lose confidence in themselves forever.

I had an incident when my sister was making a fast turn into a bank's parking lot too wide. I had to reach over her and grab the wheel from the far side and yank hard to ensure that turn wouldn't hit the outbound car. We missed it by a hair. I had never said a word. She literally let the car coast into the parking lot and rest in a space near no one. We were there for me to get money out of the ATM. I simply got out, got the money, and when I came back to the car? She was sitting in the passenger seat silently wiping away tears of fear. I walked up to the passenger window (which was down), and joked at her to get out of my seat. Then she cracked and started crying saying that she didn't think I'd let her drive again. I made her get out and get behind the wheel again and then we sat and talked. I told her to always remember that she was in command of the vehicle, the vehicle was not in command of her. I told her that if she didn't like the approach and speed to a turn, simply go around the block and come back at it. I told her not to focus on the a-hole behind her irritated at her inexperience and to only focus on the moment at hand. Then I told her she was smart and could easily do this as I pointed out some freak driving by and stating that if he could drive, so could she. We laughed. She wiped away the tears. Then she determinedly started the car up again and never once had a problem. I always felt good after that with her behind the wheel. I think if I had reacted differently that day, if I had gone off into a tantrum ranting and raving at her? Called her names? There would've been a serious lack of confidence in her ability for life. Even if we had connected? The car was insured, cars are repaired, but images and words spoken harshly are burnt in the brain to be recalled forever. I'd rather pay the damages and laugh about it later in life than have a bad memory sour our relationship for the future.

Just my advice........since you asked.
...soooooo....rosary beads...a football helmet...and screaming in fear....are...bad, right?
lamberts-lost-tooth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2009, 11:05 PM   #10
xfl2001fan
Living Legend
 

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Columbus OH
Posts: 3,641
Gender: Male
Member Number: 8741
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Teaching a child to drive

While my older sister has been driving longer than I have (I didn't even get my license until I was 18)...I learned to drive a stick almost immediately.

After I got out of the Navy, she decided she wanted to learn to drive the stick shift as well. At the time, I was driving a 1999 Chevy Cavalier (I had purchased it new...GREAT car for learning a stick.)

I took her out on the Country roads to one of my hunting holes so that there wouldn't be a lot of traffic. She did great until a giant SUV got behind us at a stop sign. Then it was move an inch forward...and the car would shake as she stalled. Start the engine...stall the engine. Start the engine, stall the engine.

The people driving the SUV were probably in their late 50's and laughing...but I got out and helped direct them around us and through the stop sign. I had to sit against the drivers door though....to ensure my sister couldn't get out.

As the old couple pulled up along side us, the woman asked if everything was OK with the car. I told them that the clutch fluid was low and so it was sticking. The old man started laughing (his wife was all like "Oh My")

My sister (who's husband is a mechanic) started cracking up about that time (she was on the verge of tears.) After that, she was fine...and managed to get us all the way home with no stalls (couple of close calls though.)

It's all in the attitude you present and keeping your student calm. I'm sure you'll both do fine with teach your kids to drive.
__________________
If you take the "U" out of "STUD", you get STD. I'm just saying.
xfl2001fan is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:40 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts