Baby, You Can Drive My Car
February 5, 2011 11:05 AM Subscribe
Where is the best place for a scared 30 year old woman to learn to drive in the DC area?
I never learned to drive. I've driven twice in my entire life, and I found both experiences terrifying. I have very little interest in driving, but it seems like one of those things an adult should know how to do, just in case. So I've decided, for my 30th birthday, to give myself driving lessons. The question is, with whom?
I live in Washington, DC. I have a pretty flexible schedule, but not an infinite amount of spare cash. I can afford to devote about $500 to this, maybe a bit more if that's unreasonable.
I need someone who will be very nice and patient with me. I've never been able to drive more than about 8 miles an hour without feeling completely panicked, and I don't want to add to that pressure.
I have no friends with cars who are interested in teaching me, and frankly, I'd be nervous about crashing their cars. I also can't tell left from right, so I want to be in a car with a second brake for the instructor until I can make sure I know the difference. I don't want to sit in a class with a bunch of 16 year olds watching those videos about dying on the way home from prom. I'd prefer private lessons, if that's possible.
So, have any of you taken adult driving lessons? Have a specific recommendation in the DC area? Thanks!