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Driving Lesson Behind-the-Wheel

Hey Sparkles! Happy Friday! For today’s Family Friday blog post, I am writing about my first behind-the-wheel driving lesson.

In case you didn’t know already, Georgia has a law in place that limits the way teens can get licensed for the road. It is called the Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act, or TADRA. Fifteen-year-olds can go in and take a computer test, which allows them to get a learner’s permit. After they have held their learner’s permit for one year and one day, have driven at least 40 supervised hours (6 of which need to be at night), and have taken Driver’s Education (including 30 classroom hours and 6 behind-the-wheel hours), they can go in and get their Class D provisional license. With the provisional license, they can’t drive anyone other than their immediate family for the first six months, no more than one other person for the second six months, and no more than three other people for the third six months.

Anyway, back to the driving lesson. I received a grant scholarship for Driver’s Education, which allowed me to take it for free provided I did it before May 31. In December, I completed the classroom portion of the class, but I wanted to wait until closer to my 16th birthday before learning the parking drills.

So, I got picked up at my house by the instructor, and she took me to the high school. She taught me all the parking drills that will be on the road test, and then I drove the roads of Henry County with her.

There were three parking drills done with the cones in the parking lot. The first of these is straight line backing. Basically, you back up in a straight line while looking out the back window. Then, you do parallel parking and regular backing up parking. They weren’t too difficult, though parallel parking is frustrating because of how exact it is.

The day after the test, the instructor made notes and said I was an excellent driver.

Well, that’s all for today, Sparkles. I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have something specific you want me to write about, let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading, and Sparkles away!

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