2 years ago on 10/17/2016 at 1:48 PM

All drivers please be aware some of us are teaching our kids to drive in Park Ridge. they are capable but new. offer some patience while you drive. please understand not all minivans are us totally awesome moms and may simply be 15 year olds trying to learn to drive a car safely. Your actions may not help them learn but may cause harm. allow us in the passenger seat to teach as much as we can as best as we can. they are nervous and trying to learn while driving a car that can run people over. and if you can even picture yourself trying to teach a 15 yr old to drive and can relate to looking at your once little baby now drive a car please find the patience and understanding we all need. if i can't teach her to drive because you are being relentless, she will never learn and will continue to annoy you on the streets.


2 years ago on 10/17/2016 at 1:56 PM

I was always a nervous wreck with my kids & made a student driver sign for the back so I could make other people aware . It helped a lot .

2 years ago on 10/17/2016 at 2:00 PM

You should try the cemetery first. That's what I did when I was learning way back when. You figuring are out turns, stopping, etc. and rarely did you have to maneuver with other cars. Once they are comfortable with the wheel grip, knowing when to accelerate and slow down at certain point of a turn. THEN get on the neighborhood streets. But to your post- yes. Be patient.

2 years ago on 10/17/2016 at 2:02 PM

I bought a Student Driver magnet for my stepdaughter! I think it helped. :)

2 years ago on 10/17/2016 at 2:06 PM

Agreed - I'm grabbing a sign as soon as I remember to. she's doing great and ready for streets but in Park Ridge there are RR crossings, and weird left turns, and odd lane turns by RR tracks and yes she is stopping for 3 seconds at stop signs (this is the part we are struggling with - cars on our tail while she drives the actual speed limit and really stops at stop signs)

2 years ago on 10/17/2016 at 3:01 PM

Right on!

2 years ago on 10/17/2016 at 3:03 PM

My dad always took us to drive at the cemeteries before we were out on regular streets. He only took us out of the cemetery when we were able to properly navigate stops and turns, etc. The mindset was that most of the folks in there were already dead, so we couldn't do THAT much harm to em.

2 years ago on 10/17/2016 at 3:08 PM

I agree. She's been through the cemetaries, and the parking lots, and drivers ed and driving lessons, and now with us but there are many nuances about driving you learn just from experiencing them. she has to learn it and will laern it and hoping for patience from drivers as she learns it. no one is perfect the first time. good luck to all of you with new drivers out there. I promise to be patient for them.

2 years ago on 10/17/2016 at 3:21 PM

I am in agreement with a previous post. Please put a sign on your car when you are driving with your child so that others know there is a new driver on the road. I know personally I always take that into consideration while driving.

2 years ago on 10/17/2016 at 3:53 PM

I understand you are teaching your daughter to drive and it is frustrating that people aren't acknowledging that on the road. Please don't put her or other drivers in danger by teaching her during busy times and in congested areas at rush hour before she is ready. There is plenty of time for her to learn to drive in that mess. Impatient drivers are dangerous drivers. Don't put your daughter in danger because you want to teach her.

2 years ago on 10/17/2016 at 4:11 PM

I would never put my daughter in a dangerous situation. I feel like this conversation is getting off track. I won't put here there before I think shes ready - but there does come a point when she is ready and has to do it. Adn the first time doing anything is a little risky/anxious/nervous feeling. For us both. Just chatting about it as a reminder for folks to be patient when driving - for new and old drivers alike - this is just my PSA for the day.

2 years ago on 10/17/2016 at 4:14 PM

Understandable. Maybe just make or get a sign that says student driver. It will probably help a lot. Also, I know she needs to learn at some point but maybe try not to take her during 'rush hour' times right away. Don't let it bother you

2 years ago on 10/17/2016 at 4:55 PM

A new driver sign makes all the difference! Been there!

2 years ago on 10/17/2016 at 4:59 PM

It's a given that we are smart enough to take our new drivers to cemeteries and avoid rush hour when they are first learning. But the complexities of city driving can only be learned by driving in the city. We were all novice drivers at some point, so be patient. I would argue that seasoned drivers who are speeding around town and texting at stoplights (while pretending they aren't) are a much greater risk than my 15 year old with her sweaty hands at 10 and 2.

2 years ago on 10/17/2016 at 5:14 PM

AMEN Sarah Post!

2 years ago on 10/17/2016 at 6:09 PM

I always say we were all at on time new at. driving, that guy behind the register, someone waiting a table. We may not all have done those tasks but we had to learn our job at one time.

2 years ago on 10/17/2016 at 6:48 PM

I think all drivers should be patient and understanding, and it shouldn't just be for student drivers! I'll never forget my daughter driving the speed limit on Greenwood and getting honked at constantly. What are we teaching our young drivers? Good for you for spending the time with your teen and trying to teach them the right way to drive.

2 years ago on 10/17/2016 at 9:03 PM


2 years ago on 10/17/2016 at 10:31 PM

Back in the day. parents started teaching us to drive at 5yo. So we were ready for rush hour at 12yo. But then again there weren't as many cars as there are now. And mini vans were call station wagons. Good luck and God's speed to all the student drivers. ❤️��❤️

2 years ago on 10/18/2016 at 8:50 AM
2 years ago on 10/18/2016 at 8:58 AM

I think a lot of the problem is people only care about themselves and where they are going to and how fast they get there. I stopped at a stop sign to let a child cross and the guy behind me laid on his horn. I felt bad for the kid, he jumped then ran across the street. People need to realize that stop signs actually mean to stop.