Driver's ed: homeschool or lessons?

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Rachel was watching Grand Canyon (a great movie, but difficult to watch) and I came into the room as Kevin Kline was teaching his son to drive. She said to me, "that'll be you, in ten years." Jared will be eligible for his learner's permit in just under ten years and I'm pretty sure he'll be itching to drive long before then.

"Nuh-uh" was my response. As much as I admire Kevin Kline and as highly as I think of my own skills behind the wheel, I figured out a long time ago that I want someone who knows what they're doing to teach my kids to drive. It seems to me there are just too many things that a parent or friend will overlook when trying to teach someone to drive.

For example, in California, making a right turn on a red light is legal (unless otherwise posted), and pretty much everyone knows it, but I wonder how many know that when turning right, the turn must be made into the right hand lane? I didn't for a long time. I'm not sure how I picked up that bit of info, but I'm pretty darn sure my folks didn't include it in their lessons.

So, I plan to get the kids driver training lessons. Sure, I'll take 'em out for practice, but I want to make sure they really learn to drive right. What do you think? Are you planning to teach your kids yourselves or pay for lessons? Why?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.