Tammy got her first first time behind the wheel of a car today. And YES< We survived !!
The other day we tried with my stick shift car. But I knew it was not going to happen because even with the seat set as high as possible and as close as it would go to the dashboard, she was having trouble putting the clutch to the floorboard. NOt a good sign.
So we tried and that ended with her storming out of the car shouting that I am NOT going to be teaching her how to drive.
So today we got her her first hour (65 bucks) behind the wheel of a driving school car , with instructor. I kept my mouth as shut as possible while sitting in the back seat. She is going to get an hour a week for a few months. We decided that I would trail behind her in my car (at a safe non distracting distance) on her next lesson
She actually did pretty well. The area where we live is pretty ideal to learn. Few cars and lots of places to do left turns and right turns and what not.
Its actually amazing. When I first learned I was at a driving school . So we were off the streets and on the course of the driving school itself. Here in the USA, people get right behind the wheel of a car and learn on the city streets.
We took it nice and slow and i think it went quite well. Considering it's her very first time behind the wheel of a car.
Yes, by learned driver standards, she was terrible and all over the road. But by first time driver standards, I think her last five minutes were a huge improvement over her first five minutes. And she will be a fine driver yet.
The driving school here SAFEST WAY is good. They drive a car over to your place, pick you up for your lesson and deposit you right back home. They arrived early and called an hour before and a day before to confirm your appointment. Real professional.
I think the person most nervous though was the instructor. Tammy was too new at the game to know better, and I already knew better what to expect !!
Luckily he has brakes on his side of the car too, and sitting up front he can reach over (which he did numerous times) and grab the steering wheel.