Driver's Education

on May 21, 2009 @ 08:03 pm

So i'm a 22 year old without her license. I'm so sick and tired of public transportation and having to rely on other people to chauffeur me around so I am finally going to pull up my big-girl panties and take driver's education. The thing is, is that I am scared. I have been so spoiled that I am terrified of having to drive. Does anyone know of ways that I can feel more comfortable with this? I'm embarrassed that I can't drive but I feel lost on how to go about this. Does anyone know of good driver's education places in edmonton?
thank you!

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Driver's ed... on May 21, 2009 @ 09:49 pm

...I took Driver's Ed in Edmonton through the AMA on Calgary Trail...

Mind you, that was over 15 years ago but, I found that they taught me all I needed to know and because I took the course through the AMA, I got a discount on insurance. I think with driving, comfort is one of those things that comes with time and experience. I remember getting a headache when I knew I had to drive somewhere because it stressed me out and I used to be paranoid of other people on the road as well. I think that after a lot of practice, I naturally became more comfortable behind the wheel.

I guess the most logical thing to do is to only drive with people who are experienced but don't stress you out at first...for instance, I could drive with my mom in the car but not my dad because I always imagined he was critiquing every little thing I did.

I would also minimize distractions such as cell phones (turn it off), the radio (turn it down or off) and don't drive with multiple people in the car until you are more confident.

All the best! It will become easier as you drive more! Last fall I drove from Toronto to Whistler and was completely at ease... it comes with time and practice!

stick to summer and daylight driving on May 22, 2009 @ 10:19 am

To start, do your driver's ed training during the summer. Winter driving is tricky enough for experienced drivers!

Get as much practice during daylight hours until you have a good feeling for the size and handling of your car.

Don't switch vehicles if possible. Each vehicle handles differently, from turning radius to gas and brake pedal pressure. Also, I'd suggest you start with an automatic transition. Driving stick is fun but you can learn it later. Focus on one skill at a time.

Don't be scared of certain maneuvers because your friends or mom can't back up or parallel park. It psyches you out and once you know how to do it you'll quickly realize that it really isn't a big deal.

Don't be afraid to ask for another teacher. If you don't have a good rapport with your instructor, simply request a switch. You might even go into the instruction by asking for a certain type: for example, do you feel more comfortable with a man or woman? An older or younger instructor? Someone super friendly or someone more parental? Feeling at ease with your teacher will make the whole experience less stressful.

And don't feel silly about not knowing how to drive. Many people who live in large cities don't have their licenses and are much older than you; you're not alone!

Best of luck to you!

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