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Maksim and Driver Education

According to Michigan law, a teenager can take driver's education at age 14 years, 8 months.  That would make Maksim eligible to learn to drive this coming August, a fact he's taken care to point out to me.

It hasn't escalated into a fight yet, but I'm waiting for the storm.  Maksim isn't ready to learn to drive yet, and I don't see that changing in six months.  Not only that, he'd complete Segment I in a few weeks and be nowhere near even his fifteenth birthday.  He would be on a learner's permit for more than a year.  This has some advantages, but the biggest is that his permit would expire before he was old enough to trade it in for an actual license.

So he'll have to wait a little longer.


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Mar. 4th, 2016 03:01 pm (UTC)
Wow, 14 seems young to me, but I guess it's a holdover from the farm age, when kids were needed to drive farm vehicles. That can't make for an easy decision for some parents in the modern era.

In NY, you have to be 16 to get a permit and take driver's ed. My daughter waited until her senior year of high school, when she was 17. She was a pretty good driver, right from the start, but failed her first road test when some lunatic cut her off as he made a left turn from the right lane across the front of her. She passed with flying colors the second time.

My son then got his permit as a senior, but he was only 16. He's a very tentative driver, and though it's been over a year since he completed drivers ed, he's only just become confident enough to schedule his road test for the end of April.

Good luck with Maksim.
Mar. 4th, 2016 05:53 pm (UTC)
It's fourteen and eight months, which makes it sound like a small child saying, "I'm four and a HALF!" :)
Mar. 4th, 2016 07:32 pm (UTC)
Wait! You make me sound petulant when I've been recently correcting people so they know that I'm only 49 and three-quarters. I AM NOT PETULANT ABOUT MY AGE! I'M NOT! :)
Mar. 4th, 2016 05:40 pm (UTC)
I tried taking Driver's ed when I was 15, but I needed parental permission -- which was refused because Mom couldn't deal with it. She also through in the "your grades aren't good enough," excuse, but she threw that out there as an addendum every time she said "no."

good luck to you both.

Addendum: the hardest part about learning to drive was that people would *NOT* shut the hell up and let me drive.

Edited at 2016-03-04 05:44 pm (UTC)
Mar. 4th, 2016 05:53 pm (UTC)
Parental freaking. Yeah, there's a lot of that.
Mar. 6th, 2016 03:45 pm (UTC)
parental freakout held me back on many things.
Mar. 4th, 2016 06:12 pm (UTC)
My family had a rule- not even an attempt at it until 18. Looking back? Smartest thing they could've done with US. Not saying it's right for everyone but my family, me? Yeah, smartest move.

In the end I didn't get my licence until I was 23. Never needed it. Luckily. But that wait totally changed my first years of driving.

Up here it's 16 for driving, btw.
Mar. 5th, 2016 02:09 am (UTC)
Back when I was a 16-year-old senior, high school still offered driver’s ed and they taught us on automatics. I passed the class, but my mom and grandmother said I couldn’t get a license until I learned to drive our car, a 1976 Pacer, manual transmission. I had a major mental block and just could not learn to drive it. Then, just before I turned 18, new law: if you’re under 18 and have passed driver’s ed, come in and take the written test and get a license. So I did, and I got a license, but I still couldn’t drive the Pacer. Moved elsewhere, where we had an automatic, but now the mental block had grown to include automatics, so I wasn’t driving at all.

Five years later, I move back to Michigan and my grandmother takes me to the Secretary of State’s office. They said, “Hey, your license expired, but your record is clean. Here, take the written test and you’ll get a license.” So I did, and I got a license again. And I still couldn’t drive. Fortunately, this time the mental block was gone, and I was able to learn to drive the ’76 Pacer we still had.

And that is how the State of Michigan came to give me a driver’s license — twice — even though I couldn't drive.

p.s. I still prefer to drive manual transmission.

p.p.s. To this date, I have never had a road test.
Mar. 6th, 2016 03:56 pm (UTC)
I didn't learn to drive a manual until I was 19 and we got a stick shift. I made the mistake of asking my dad to teach me how to do it. He's not good at teaching--to him, if he knows how to do something, he can't understand why =you= don't know how. After half an hour, we gave up.

A month later, I had a dream that I was driving the stick shift with no trouble. When I woke up, I asked my mother if she would take me out, and when she did, I had no trouble at all. Apparently, I was working it out but my subconscious needed time to do it.
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