When you attempt to teach your own child how to drive expect some encounters with your teenage driver.
Mari Fischer said, " She does get defensive sometimes," referring to her teenage daughter Amelia.
Meanwhile, Amelia agrees, but said, "My mom gets really nervous and when she does she talks too fast. I get confused."
You can expect similar discussions when you participate in the Department of Public Safety' s parent taught driver education program. You can also expect a considerable amount of paper work.
It begins with twenty dollars to the DPS for the curriculum, a thick packet that parents need to become familiar. Second, you will need one of the two state approved textbooks. They are about $25.00 - 35.00, but they can be checked out of the library. Next you teach the 32 hours of classroom training, recording each lesson along the way.
After passing a test at the DPS for an instruction permit students begin the14 hours of behind the wheel training.
"It takes a lot of discipline to read the material," said Amelia.
The driving is fun for most teens, but it takes a lot of patience from both the driver to be and the parent.
"We sometimes have a mother daughter encounter when we're driving," said Mari.
"I laugh a lot because my Mom gets a little paranoid," Amelia added.