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    Posted January 6, 2014 by
    Harlingen, Texas
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Talking to teens: Driving

    Teaching Your Teen To Drive

    My name is Christi Romero and I Have a daughter who is getting ready to turn 21 on 12/31/13 and her name is Alyssa Romero - she is now a Junior in College @ Texas A&M Kingsville. I taught her to drive at 15 using the Texas Parent Taught Drivers Education Course where I was the instructor for both the written and the driving portions. I used the Texas Driver Handbook along with related material I found on-line. Alyssa studied the on-line material, the section on the book it pertained too and then I would test her on it. Once she completed her class hours, I started teaching her to drive. At first, I was scared to death (although she didn’t seem phased at all), I actually asked with my brother (who is a police officer) if he would teach her and he agreed, but figured in the end it was my duty as her mother….so away we went…it started out in a huge parking lot at the local “Valley Greyhound Park” a few blocks away from our house….there was nothing really to hit or run over out there but I was panicky nonetheless….I could tell she would get frustrated with me because in her mind she was driving well (lol). We eventually wandered out to the local neighborhoods and I swear my foot almost went through the passenger floorboard a couple of time. The final test was getting her on the highway….(most of my gray hair appeared not long after this)….but she actually drove pretty well and has turned out to be a very defensive, smart driver…I am proud of her, but mostly of myself for getting through it…it has been one of the toughest things I have had to teach her growing up, but in the end I am glad that I was there for her…they are memories we still laugh about it. She can actually still recite word for word some of the things I would tell her over and over again while driving with her...

    Even though she has been driving now for several years and to and from college, we still worry about her driving everyday….not so much about her driving skills, but about the other driver's skills. Now when she is a passenger, she very quickly reminds me about my speed, other vehicles, road hazards, etc....It's safe to say that she listened and learned.

    The best advice I could give is not panic, teach your children to drive defensively and be a “smart” driver, not just a knowledgeable driver….it’s one thing to know the driver’s handbook inside and out, signs, lights, lane colors, etc, but it’s another to be smart on the road…and always drive defensively.
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