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My wife just received her Learner Permit last Friday,

and we had two 1 hour driving practice sessions at large empty parking lot over the weekend. :whistle:

No yelling, no punches, no scratches, and no hurt feelings...just yet... :lol:

but as you might have guessed, braking was rough and

she couldn't see anything but small distance straight ahead.

5 one hour driving instructions here costs about $400...about $80/hour.

Half the family and friends tell us to send her to the driving school

to avoid bickering with each other. :lol:

And the other half says paying $80/hour for practicing how to drive

is just waste of money, and that I should just teach her.

What did you guys do? :D


10-04-2013 We met online
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12-13-2013 I-129F packet sent via express

12-19-2013 USCIS NOA #1 (text and email) received

12-24-2013 USCIS assigns Alien Registration Number
12-31-2013 USCIS NOA #1 hard copy received
06-02-2014 USCIS web site shows NOA #2 approval
06-06-2014 USCIS web site shows case sent to NVC

06-xx-2014 Fiancee acquired birth, marriage, and police certificates from local police station (wrong)

06-16-2014 NVC creates case with GUZ### number

06-19-2014 NVC sends case sent to Guangzhou, China
06-24-2014 Received packet 3 express mail from embassy
06-25-2014 Completed DS-160 and paid K1 visa fee

06-26-2014 Mailed packet 3 response back to Embassy

06-26-2014 Requested police certificate from Russian embassy

07-08-2014 Received packet 4 email from Embassy

07-17-2014 Picked up Russian police certificate

07-25-2014 Fiancee medical exam (received MMR & Varicella, but they missed required TD shot)

07-31-2014 Picked up medical exam reports

08-01-2014 Request (correct) birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service (GongZhengChu)

08-06-2014 Picked up birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service

08-14-2014 Passed Interview Guangzhou embassy

09-01-2014 Received passport, visa, & sealed envelope

09-13-2014 POE

09-17-2014 Went to CBP office to get (US entry) I-94 updated correctly

09-18-2014 Applied for Social Security Card
09-19-2014 Applied for Marriage License (via online)
09-25-2014 Received Social Security Card
09-30-2014 Picked up Marriage License
10-09-2014 Marriage by Justice of Peace
10-09-2014 Got Certified Marriage Certificate Copies
10-17-2014 Received a letter from SS office that they need the marriage license
10-09-2014 Applied to change the social security card name
10-24-2014 Went back to SS office to provide the marriage certificate documents again!!!
12-09-2014 Submitted AOS, EAD, and AP
12-16-2014 Received 16 emails and 16 text NOA messages
01-05-2015 Received Biometrics appointment letter for (01-12-2015)
01-12-2015 Had Biometrics (fingerprint & picture) - Required Marriage Certificate!!!
02-17-2015 EAD and AP is approved
02-23-2015 Received AP is approval letter
02-25-2015 Received EAD/AP combo card (expires 02/16/2016)
02-27-2015 Applied for SS card name change (they took her SS card)
02-27-2015 Driver's learner permit test was denied since the SS card was given to SS office for name change
03-17-2015 Received SS card with married name
03-17-2015 Started to change all her accounts to married name
03-23-2015 Received potential interview waiver letter
03-27-2015 DMV rejects learner's permit due to "legal status=pending" and vision test failure
04-05-2015 Vision test for learner's permit
04-06-2015 DPS sent us letter that DHS cleared my wife's status to acquire driver's license.
04-10-2015 Passed Driver Learner's Permit
04-22-2015 Received Driver Learner's Permit ID card (expires 02/16/2016)
08-27-2015 Green Card approved
08-31-2015 Received Green Card "Welcome Notice Was Mailed" letter
09-05-2015 Received Green card
10-26-2015 Passed Driver's License Road Test (on 3rd attempt)
11-03-2015 Received Driver's License (expires 02/16/2022)
11-06-2015 Applied to remove conditional work remark on SS card
11-23-2015 Received updated Social Security Card.
- - - - - - - - - - Pending Future Processing - - - - - - - - - -
05-27-2017 File 10 Year Green Card
08-27-2017 2 Year Green Card Expires
05-27-2018 File USC

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You should be able to finding driving instructors in your area for $40 per hour, A little more if they come to your house to pick up student

I paid someone to teach mine to drive, not worth the BS and hurt feelings that are sure to come....

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If you are patient and wont freak out next to her, do it yourself. Save the money for other things, maybe she gets a prize if she doesn't wreck? Lol


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I dont have my learner's permit yet but my husband is teaching me how to drive every weekends. I think in Tennesser we have to wait until i get my Green Card before I can apply for a Learner's Permit and Driver's License. We just drive around big empty parking lot near our house. I have to admit its really kinda stressful. My husband gets sad sometimes, he thinks he is not doing a good job teaching me thats why i get stressed. But im pretty sure its not him, its just really stressful for someone like me, first timer. :)

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Just be patient and just practice.. practice practice.. She will get better. You will do fine teaching her.

I thought about taking my wife to a driving school, but I just stuck with it. She passed her driving test last month and she is doing great!

All the best to ya both!

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You should be able to finding driving instructors in your area for $40 per hour, A little more if they come to your house to pick up student

I paid someone to teach mine to drive, not worth the BS and hurt feelings that are sure to come....

Most schools seems to be charging at least $60/hour around here. Not bad of a business.

Heck...I should consider running such business on the side with some driving instructors. :)

If you are patient and wont freak out next to her, do it yourself. Save the money for other things, maybe she gets a prize if she doesn't wreck? Lol

We are both pretty calm, and her hand and eye coordination seems to be pretty good from

her computer game playing days... I figure a week of practice in the parking lot is enough

and then we will hit the streets. :lol:

I dont have my learner's permit yet but my husband is teaching me how to drive every weekends. I think in Tennesser we have to wait until i get my Green Card before I can apply for a Learner's Permit and Driver's License. We just drive around big empty parking lot near our house. I have to admit its really kinda stressful. My husband gets sad sometimes, he thinks he is not doing a good job teaching me thats why i get stressed. But im pretty sure its not him, its just really stressful for someone like me, first timer. :)

I know it is stressful. First time I drove, I couldn't see any signs or dare to look at the

side/back mirrors. Only thing I could see was little bit of distance in front of the car.

Just be patient and just practice.. practice practice.. She will get better. You will do fine teaching her.

I thought about taking my wife to a driving school, but I just stuck with it. She passed her driving test last month and she is doing great!

All the best to ya both!

So far, she's following my instructions carefully...so I got my fingers crossed. :dance:


10-04-2013 We met online
11-21-2013 We met in person in Shanghai for 2 weeks

12-13-2013 I-129F packet sent via express

12-19-2013 USCIS NOA #1 (text and email) received

12-24-2013 USCIS assigns Alien Registration Number
12-31-2013 USCIS NOA #1 hard copy received
06-02-2014 USCIS web site shows NOA #2 approval
06-06-2014 USCIS web site shows case sent to NVC

06-xx-2014 Fiancee acquired birth, marriage, and police certificates from local police station (wrong)

06-16-2014 NVC creates case with GUZ### number

06-19-2014 NVC sends case sent to Guangzhou, China
06-24-2014 Received packet 3 express mail from embassy
06-25-2014 Completed DS-160 and paid K1 visa fee

06-26-2014 Mailed packet 3 response back to Embassy

06-26-2014 Requested police certificate from Russian embassy

07-08-2014 Received packet 4 email from Embassy

07-17-2014 Picked up Russian police certificate

07-25-2014 Fiancee medical exam (received MMR & Varicella, but they missed required TD shot)

07-31-2014 Picked up medical exam reports

08-01-2014 Request (correct) birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service (GongZhengChu)

08-06-2014 Picked up birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service

08-14-2014 Passed Interview Guangzhou embassy

09-01-2014 Received passport, visa, & sealed envelope

09-13-2014 POE

09-17-2014 Went to CBP office to get (US entry) I-94 updated correctly

09-18-2014 Applied for Social Security Card
09-19-2014 Applied for Marriage License (via online)
09-25-2014 Received Social Security Card
09-30-2014 Picked up Marriage License
10-09-2014 Marriage by Justice of Peace
10-09-2014 Got Certified Marriage Certificate Copies
10-17-2014 Received a letter from SS office that they need the marriage license
10-09-2014 Applied to change the social security card name
10-24-2014 Went back to SS office to provide the marriage certificate documents again!!!
12-09-2014 Submitted AOS, EAD, and AP
12-16-2014 Received 16 emails and 16 text NOA messages
01-05-2015 Received Biometrics appointment letter for (01-12-2015)
01-12-2015 Had Biometrics (fingerprint & picture) - Required Marriage Certificate!!!
02-17-2015 EAD and AP is approved
02-23-2015 Received AP is approval letter
02-25-2015 Received EAD/AP combo card (expires 02/16/2016)
02-27-2015 Applied for SS card name change (they took her SS card)
02-27-2015 Driver's learner permit test was denied since the SS card was given to SS office for name change
03-17-2015 Received SS card with married name
03-17-2015 Started to change all her accounts to married name
03-23-2015 Received potential interview waiver letter
03-27-2015 DMV rejects learner's permit due to "legal status=pending" and vision test failure
04-05-2015 Vision test for learner's permit
04-06-2015 DPS sent us letter that DHS cleared my wife's status to acquire driver's license.
04-10-2015 Passed Driver Learner's Permit
04-22-2015 Received Driver Learner's Permit ID card (expires 02/16/2016)
08-27-2015 Green Card approved
08-31-2015 Received Green Card "Welcome Notice Was Mailed" letter
09-05-2015 Received Green card
10-26-2015 Passed Driver's License Road Test (on 3rd attempt)
11-03-2015 Received Driver's License (expires 02/16/2022)
11-06-2015 Applied to remove conditional work remark on SS card
11-23-2015 Received updated Social Security Card.
- - - - - - - - - - Pending Future Processing - - - - - - - - - -
05-27-2017 File 10 Year Green Card
08-27-2017 2 Year Green Card Expires
05-27-2018 File USC

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You guys can continue on until you can't then decide what to do. Don't waste money if you don't have to IMO. But reread the learners/driver's manual to make sure you're not teaching her any bad habits, or anything accidentally illegal. (For instance where I grew up you can pull out into the intersection to wait to turn. Where I live, they do not want you to do that. In NY you can't turn right unless instructed, and just about everywhere else you can... )

My mom taught me how to drive. I drove around a parking lot for a long time learning how to use the clutch. An automatic is obviously easier to learn on and I started driving our automatic truck on back roads when I was 13. Start on low volume roads that don't have kids all over them. If there are some back roads, then by all means, go out there.


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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