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Help! Teenage Driver Training

"Al Powell" <APOWELL@agcom.tamu.edu> wrote:

>I'm gonna send my girls to a Skippy school or some such when they get
>their licenses.  Only question is - do I let them drive for a year
>first, to get the feel of the cars - or send 'em RIGHT away?

So last weekend was my daughter's 16th birthday.  Sweet sixteen and... (I 
don't want to know).  Actually, I feel that having a  teenage daughter is 
kinda like fattening the sheep for the wolves...

So, anyway, my problem.  She suffers from the usual hormonally induced 
partial lobotomy of teenagers, and thus will undoubtably only learn the 
mechanics of driving without internalizing the parental experience base.  In 
other words, she won't learn a damn thing.

In an effort to ensure the continuation of my genetic strain, I'd like to 
send her to a high-performance driving school.  Bondurant's web page lists a 
teen course.  Skip Barber is a lot more convenient for me here in 
Connecticut.  I'm sure there are other alternatives (my wife and I had a 
blast last year at the Jean Paul Luc Ice Driving School in Steamboat).  Has 
anyone any direct personal experience with a great school that would work 
for a non-racer sweet young thing?  Looking for raves/pans/anecdotes and a 
warm feeling that I'm not wasting my money.  Cost is trivial compared to her 
life.  What's the best choice?

Thanks in Advance!

Doug Haley
"There is no fundamental difference between a sufficiently advanced 
technology and magic" (A.C.Clarke)
'92 S4 (mine)
'95 Saab Turbo Conv (hers)
'91 Sentra SE-R (theirs)
'61 Alfa Giulietta Spider Veloce (ours)