Drivers Education Program
(Sunshine Coast, B.C., Canada)
Canada Drivers Education Program
The Drivers Education Program As A Late Learner
I didn't learn how to drive until I was 44, believe it or not. I lived in the city and didn't really need a car since bus transportation was pretty good. But I finally planned on moving to a more remote area and knew that owning a car would be required.
So I took driver's education classes...I was by far the oldest person there. Everybody else was a teenager. That didn't bother me at all though.
I really liked my instructor and actually developed a bit of a friendship with him. The driving part wasn't as scary as I'd thought it would be (fear had kept me from learning before).
The classroom instruction was o.k. too, although it seemed like everybody else was bored out of their minds.
I'm glad I learned how to drive in the city instead of where I live now. I think it'd be kind of overwhelming to drive in the city after learning how to drive in a rural area.
Overall, my experience learning how to drive was quite good. I'd definitely recommend taking driver's education over learning from someone you know.
I tried learning from my dad and two different boyfriends and found that they didn't have the patience or whatever it takes to teach me well.
It's quite interesting to hear your experience with the drivers education program as a late learner.
I'm sure you're not alone in learning how to drive at a later age. It seems that in congested cities that the need for getting a drivers license is decreased significantly.
In many areas, it just isn't practical to buy a car when the parking fees are so outrageous that it costs much more to drive and park for city workers than to use the various public transport options available.
I know most teenagers are extremely anxious to get their license the minute they are old enough to do so. For many it represents a sense of freedom and independence.
The dynamics change a bit when big city living is involved. Young people may already feel they have a great deal of freedom and independence because of the different modes of transport readily available.
I grew up in the country, so if we couldn't "get a lift" where we wanted to go, we were just "stuck." Getting a drivers license asap was almost a necessity! :)
I'd have to agree with you, though. If you aren't used to driving in the city, that's a whole different set of fears and skill set involved.
I was fortunate enough to have to drive to the city most days when I first got my license, so I didn't have to overcome that obstacle later in life.
Now that I'm older and back in the country again for the last decade, I do find it a little nerve wrecking when I make a trip into a hectic major city. Those skills come back fairly quickly, but I don't really enjoy it much.
Thanks again for taking the time to tell your own experience with the Drivers Education Program that you attended. Safe Driving!
Angie from Auto Insurance Helper