Thursday, February 18, 2010

Baby, you can drive my car. Maybe.

This morning, I died a little inside.

I heard the words I have been dreading for more than a month – or more like for more than two years.

“I finished driver’s ed. Can you make me an appointment to take the permit test … TOMORROW???”

Uh. No.

But not for the reasons you might think. Notbecause I can’t bear the thought of my baby girl being old enough to drive.

And not because I am panicking at the idea of my precious cargo getting behind the wheel of a deadly weapon.

Not even because the person sitting in the death seat of that metal monster will be yours truly.


It’s because in my state, you can’t even attempt to take the written test to get a permit until you have paid for a driver training class.

Yes, my friends. You must shell out anywhere from $250 (if you are can find a bargain) to $600 IN ADVANCE so the Department of Motor Vehicles is assured that she won’t prematurely take the wheel without a guarantee of official lessonage.

Which begs the question:

What if the Roo-girl doesn’t pass the written test?

Will I then have invested a small fortune in driving lessons that she cannot use?

The idea boggles the mind.


Roger said...

I just love how the states continue to grab more money from us by creating new rules, etc. Total scam and I hate it.

Benjy finally (except for Benjy it's a really exaggerated finally) got his permit. Then proceeded to give me some blog material, if I ever remember to use it.

How's that for a tease! :)

Good luck to you and Roo! I'm sure she will do great, and so will you. said...

That's awful! How much money do they think the regular Joe has? Nobody at this house would be going much of anywhere if it was like that here.
Good Luck, Roo!!!

The Bald Guy said...

This has got to be a coincidence. Just this morning, I called up the driver's school here for my girl. What a small world!

Oh and it's cheaper here. Well, not too much, but yeah a tad bit.


Tara R. said...

Her driver's ed class doesn't count? Wow... that's amazing. In Florida a new driver is not even required to have driver's ed. The only benefit to a driving course is a discount on insurance.

Driver's here can also take the written test online.

Good luck to Roo... get your mommy brake checked to see that it's in good working order.

LceeL said...

I can just see it now .... Roo walks out of the house ... car keys in hand ... all of SoCal is going about their normal business ... traffic jams ... busy sidewalks ... you go to your computer ... and you Tweet - "She's headed for the car" ... suddenly ... the streets are bare ... dust bunnies roll down the middle of the highway ... mothers grab their children and scurry into their homes ... and Roo girl stands in the driveway, twirling her keys on her finger.

It's like a Spaghetti Western.

red pen mama said...

Wow. I don't know what is worse: Roo driving stress or money that may not be wisely invested stress.

In my state, if you take driver's training (outside of driver's ed) you get a break on your insurance, but it's not mandatory. Although as it's been some years since I was a new driver, I should check into that.

In any case, I have, at minimum, 11 years before I have to worry about this. Thank Jehovah.

Burgh Baby said...

I'm all sorts of evil, so I'd be all, "You have to pay for that class yourself. I'll give you $1 each time you {insert totally evil chore here}." If you didn't already pity Alexis, you probably do now. Heh.

Daisy said...

Ouch. La Petite took our local drivers' ed for only $300 (only!), but that was (OMG!) eight years ago. It's an outrageous sum of money; maybe I should be teaching drivers' training courses!

Karen said...

I'm with Burgh on this one. Especially considering it'll be the easiest savings plan for us to pay for our own drivers ed next year. Heh.

Kila said...

New rule: SHE has to pay for it. That will stall things a while. ;)

songbird's crazy world said...

I guess I'm "lucky". in NY you don't need driver's ed, you can get a permit at 16 just by walking into the DMV and taking a written test. if you want to take the road test at 16 1/2 and get a junior license you can either take driver's ed or have a parent certify that you've practiced for a certain number of hours. you need driver's ed to get an unrestricted license at 17, but our school offers it without a fee. both of my girls got their licenses at 17.

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