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I was a late-in-life driver. There were a number of reasons why that is, but when it was time for me to learn what to do behind the wheel, my parents were not available to teach me. So, my Mom got me a driving instructor. (Thanks, Mom!)

And the first time I got into his vehicle with the dual driving system, I felt like everything was going to be OK. After a few days of lessons driving around Columbia, I passed my test on the first try.

Although we are many years away from having to teach our son how to drive, I often wonder about how we would teach him. (I also wonder if his vehicle will be able to drive itself by then and if the driving test is even necessary at that point, but that is another post for another day.) While the traditional role of driving instructor tends to fall into Mom and Dad's lap, I am often reminded that just because you know how to do something doesn't mean you know how to teach that skill to someone else.

So, I am all for the news that states are now requiring parents of teen drivers to take a class before their children get a license. Sure, the class is mostly to review laws around safety and how to avoid distracted driving, and not on tips to help teach someone else how to drive, but it is a start.

How did you learn how to drive? Tell me who taught you in the comments.

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Comment by Lauren Markman on August 31, 2017 at 9:07pm

Shantell - I think it is great that you were exposed to very different teaching styles when you were young. It sounds like they have helped you shape the type of teacher you want to be to your son.

Comment by Shantell on August 31, 2017 at 5:52am

Who taught me? ......Well primarily my mother, but my dad did a little as well. They had a completely different style of teaching. My mom was very nervous and made me nervous. (Definitely a back seat driver). She was constantly giving instructions on what to do while I am driving (she still does LOL). My dad on the other completely opposite. He just would say, "Don't get us in an accident" and let me drive. What is ironic is I am now teaching my son to drive. I think my style is a good blend of both of my parents. I want him to be aware. But I also want him to be cautious.

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