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Places to practice driving
Posted by: Qwest ()
Date: November 13, 2011 09:15AM

I'm taking my kid out to learn to drive and wanted to know if there are any suggestions for good places to practice driving?

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Re: Places to practice driving
Date: November 13, 2011 09:19AM

bull run park is a great place to start

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: curious ()
Date: November 13, 2011 09:25AM

Kena Temple has a big parking lot . . . usually empty during the week.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: Qwest ()
Date: November 13, 2011 09:27AM

Excellent, thanks.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: do it faggot! ()
Date: November 13, 2011 09:34AM

Mixing Bowl. Springfield. During Rush Hour, preferably.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: Joe B. ()
Date: November 13, 2011 09:43AM

Go to Centreville Korean Presbyterian -- they're learning to drive too.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: Warhawk ()
Date: November 13, 2011 09:52AM

Where do you live? Way back in the day, my dad took me to Our Lady of Good Counsel's in Vienna to learn. They've got an upper and lower parking lot, so if you have a stick shift as I did, it's great for learning how to do that on a hill. Of course, Saturdays and Sundays are pretty much out since it's a church, but good for after school.

Also, a lot of those office parks in Reston - Sunrise Valley/Sunset Hills are pretty good as are local high school parking lots.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: theuncola ()
Date: November 13, 2011 09:56AM

Joe B. Wrote:
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> Go to Centreville Korean Presbyterian -- they're
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7up

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: Ralph Pootawn ()
Date: November 13, 2011 10:20AM

Compton Rd.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: dimwit ()
Date: November 13, 2011 10:25AM

66? rofl

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Re: Places to practice driving
Date: November 13, 2011 10:25AM

Ralph Pootawn Wrote:
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> Compton Rd.


i see wat u did thar.... he was actually one of my childhood freinds :(

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: this guy? ()
Date: November 13, 2011 10:28AM

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> i see wat u did thar.... he was actually one of my
> childhood freinds :(


http://www.news.synavista.com/fairfax-police-investigate-fatal-crash-at-compton-road-and-luton-hill-way/9377/

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Re: Places to practice driving
Date: November 13, 2011 10:30AM

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yessir

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: im sorry 4 ur loss ()
Date: November 13, 2011 10:35AM

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sad...i wont clown you like the rest of the aholes on here

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: Whats Up With That Hood ()
Date: November 13, 2011 10:48AM

What's up with that neighborhood. My brother lives their and just last winter one of his neighbors lost the 2 kids that had the accident over by the Costco. In response to the original poster, try heading out by the government center on the weekend.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: Morgan ()
Date: November 13, 2011 11:52AM

Check out the VRE lots

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: Olde Farte ()
Date: November 13, 2011 02:48PM

Westfield Conference Center area - there's a full large circle to drive around with intersecting roads and stop lights - allows turns, stops, acceleration, can pull over to side of road, can turn into a parking lot and park, etc etc etc - great place to practice - and on the weekend it's relatively very light traffic.

And it's within spitting distance of the DMV.


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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: Blam ()
Date: November 13, 2011 02:55PM

Pretty much any church or school parking lot when they aren't busy.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: schools ()
Date: November 13, 2011 02:59PM

pretty much any school parking lot on a weekend is a good place to start

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: bright and early ()
Date: November 13, 2011 03:10PM

If your kid really wants to learn to drive from you, make him/her get up at 6 AM on a Saturday or Sunday and take them out on the roads matching their skill level.

I am not teaching my kids to drive. When the time comes they can go learn from a professional. Learning from your parents is too emotional and stressful. The only thing I learned from driving lessons with my dad is that he is more of an asshole than I already thought he was.

Good Luck!

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: you need too ()
Date: November 13, 2011 03:14PM

bright and early Wrote:
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> If your kid really wants to learn to drive from
> you, make him/her get up at 6 AM on a Saturday or
> Sunday and take them out on the roads matching
> their skill level.
>
> I am not teaching my kids to drive. When the time
> comes they can go learn from a professional.
> Learning from your parents is too emotional and
> stressful. The only thing I learned from driving
> lessons with my dad is that he is more of an
> asshole than I already thought he was.
>
> Good Luck!


You really really really need to at least take them out for a few spins. If not for your own kids sake, for the sake of the kids that will have to do ride alongs with them when theyre in drivers ed. You just cant get enough hours behind the wheel in drivers ed and its absolutely terrifying to be in the back seat when its obvious its either someones first time driving or they only drive during the class. The more hours they get the better for their safety and the safety of others.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: possibility ()
Date: November 13, 2011 04:44PM

Almost any office park on a week-end is good.

Start by parking and backing out in an empty parking lot. That gives a good "feel" for how the car operates.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: bright and early ()
Date: November 13, 2011 05:29PM

you need too Wrote:
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> bright and early Wrote:
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> > If your kid really wants to learn to drive from
> > you, make him/her get up at 6 AM on a Saturday
> or
> > Sunday and take them out on the roads matching
> > their skill level.
> >
> > I am not teaching my kids to drive. When the
> time
> > comes they can go learn from a professional.
> > Learning from your parents is too emotional and
> > stressful. The only thing I learned from
> driving
> > lessons with my dad is that he is more of an
> > asshole than I already thought he was.
> >
> > Good Luck!
>
>
> You really really really need to at least take
> them out for a few spins. If not for your own
> kids sake, for the sake of the kids that will have
> to do ride alongs with them when theyre in drivers
> ed. You just cant get enough hours behind the
> wheel in drivers ed and its absolutely terrifying
> to be in the back seat when its obvious its either
> someones first time driving or they only drive
> during the class. The more hours they get the
> better for their safety and the safety of others.


I get what you are saying. They will be prepared for the class, but the bulk of the instruction will be left to the pros. I think after the classes are over I would be more comfortable finishing the job. I had such a good experience taking behind the wheel drivers ed through Fairfax County Public Schools when I was a kid.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: possibility ()
Date: November 13, 2011 05:34PM

I agree about Behind the wheel--but I would take the kid to the parking lot first. At least let them learn to start the car and put on the brake, etc. You don't want him using his hours in "behind the wheel" learning that. Let the instructor work on the driving part.

Also, all instructors are not the same. Be sure you get a good one. Ask around first.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: you need too ()
Date: November 13, 2011 05:40PM

bright and early Wrote:

> I get what you are saying. They will be prepared
> for the class, but the bulk of the instruction
> will be left to the pros. I think after the
> classes are over I would be more comfortable
> finishing the job. I had such a good experience
> taking behind the wheel drivers ed through Fairfax
> County Public Schools when I was a kid.

Make sure they have experience before they get to the class. Take them to a school near by and just have them drive around the parking lot some. I didnt do the FCPS one so I dunno how that goes but I do remember being in the back seat with someone who had never driven before and it got so bad that we had to pull over on blake ln and switch because it was to dangerous. I felt kind of bad for the kid actually since he said he parents refused to help him learn or take him out driving at all. The instructor had to talk to the parents about it and let them know he couldnt let him back in the car until they did. Not sure what ever happened with that but never saw him again in my sessions at least

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: Rage a holic ()
Date: November 13, 2011 05:58PM

TLC parking lot-best place for a youngster to learn.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: hellllllllno ()
Date: November 13, 2011 10:02PM

Are you fucking me? Let your kid "learn from the professionals"? Are you trying to kill an entire car full of kids + whoever they hit?

Why the fuck would you let a kid who's NEVER BEEN ON THE FUCKING ROAD DRIVE AROUND A BUNCH OF OTHER INEXPERIENCED DRIVERS?

Go fucking jump off a cliff dumbass. You never want to be in a car with a first time driver ON A MAIN FUCKING ROAD.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: f-the bishop ()
Date: November 13, 2011 10:11PM

yup. take the fucker on the beltway and cause more of a back up. We would all love this.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: 1995hoo ()
Date: November 14, 2011 12:56PM

The car park at WT Woodson High in Fairfax was an excellent place prior to the school's renovation. I don't know how it is now since its size has been reduced. The middle entrance off Whitacre Road (directly across from Trapp Road) provides a good slope that is an excellent place to learn how to handle a manual-shift car on a hill. I stalled my father's car many times on that slope when he taught me to drive prior to my taking a behind-the-wheel class (not through the schools, BTW).

Northern Virginia Community College on 236 (the Annandale Campus) also has an absolutely enormous car park out the back that would be a good place to practice the basics, but it doesn't have a good hill for learning the manual.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: Ralph Pootawn ()
Date: November 14, 2011 05:33PM

the grammar police Wrote:
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> i see wat u did thar.... he was actually one of my
> childhood freinds :(


didnt mean to offend
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Re: Places to practice driving
Date: November 14, 2011 05:50PM

NOVA Annandale Campus parking lot during the weekend.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: Helen Killer ()
Date: November 15, 2011 04:40PM

Parking lot of any large high school early Sunday morning.

Watching out for those flag poles.....WHOMP...another one's down.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: DL ()
Date: August 18, 2015 04:50PM

We just got kicked off of Kena Temple parking lot. Practiced for about 15 minutes before a lady flagged us down to say it's private property and you are trespassing! She took a picture of my car (and presumably by license plate) as I left.

Cranky cranky! It's an excellent spot.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: Lotte's parking lot ()
Date: August 18, 2015 04:56PM

Lotte's parking lot on a busy day.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: A Better Way ()
Date: August 18, 2015 06:05PM

Go to any of the fine new car dealerships here in the Northern Virginia area, and take a test drive. Once you are off of the lot, switch seats with little Jr. and let him/her take the wheel.

It is far better for him/her to wreck the dealers car. You don't have to mess with the repairs, and it won't cause your insurance rates to go up.

If they give you any shit tell them the steering is bad in the car, and walk away.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: HTxLE ()
Date: August 18, 2015 06:26PM

GMU campus parking lot.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: Redt ()
Date: August 18, 2015 06:36PM

A Better Way Wrote:
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> Go to any of the fine new car dealerships here in
> the Northern Virginia area, and take a test drive.
> Once you are off of the lot, switch seats with
> little Jr. and let him/her take the wheel.
>
> It is far better for him/her to wreck the dealers
> car. You don't have to mess with the repairs, and
> it won't cause your insurance rates to go up.
>
> If they give you any shit tell them the steering
> is bad in the car, and walk away.

I once took a Mustang for a test drive in Tysons. Halfway through the test drive the salesman said "Don't drive it like a grandmother, drive it like you would drive it."

He had pointed me down some deadend street for the test drive.(Now where Tyson II is.) I said "Okkkkkk...." nailed the gas and burned tires. We went down a side road and I did 360. A perfect 360! After that I looked over at the salesman and with a big smile. The guy white as a ghost. I almost said "SOLD!"

I ended up buying that model but from another dealer because I got a better deal. The guy called me for about three months.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: Okai ()
Date: August 18, 2015 10:42PM

Tysons Corner on a saturday. JK


drive around the clifton area or robinson secondary parking lot. Theres a road that goes around the school so

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: Go Faster ()
Date: August 18, 2015 10:43PM

Go out on the beltway during rush hour. Make him drink from the firehose.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: DannyBoy ()
Date: August 19, 2015 04:01AM

FedEx Field. Practice anything imaginable driving-wise and can let it rip, but don't end up wrapped around a lightpole.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: mjs ()
Date: August 19, 2015 06:21AM

Wolftrap parking lot...

or any business park in reston on a sunday morning. Just watch for the curbs....

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: Congressman Gerry Conman ()
Date: August 19, 2015 08:12PM

After a few drinks, I like to have a few more and then go driving all over Fairfax. It's good to be king!

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: Her Mom ()
Date: August 19, 2015 09:06PM

Warning bout the Sunrisevalley area parking lots, there are security guards in each complex now. I took my daughter there because we live nearby. Had her driving through a couple office lots and after about five minutes, a rent a cop walked towards us. I had her drive forward, around the corner where we switched drivers and I got the hell outta there.

Lesson one: if a rent a cop approaches, haul ass.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: jcjMX ()
Date: August 19, 2015 09:22PM

Skyline Drive during a snow storm

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Re: Places to practice driving
Date: August 19, 2015 10:03PM

Ill Bite..on this old thread, English Hills .. About 1 AM..on a foggy night LOL! Good Luck.

Used to drive round there bout 1971/72 Or was it some kind of weird dream??



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 10/17/2017 10:50PM by Double Action Jackson.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: Friendly Reminder ()
Date: August 26, 2015 08:43PM

Just make sure it's private property.

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Re: Places to practice driving
Posted by: Safa ()
Date: November 26, 2023 10:55PM

What is best place to practice driving in Virginia/Fairfax area. Any recommendations will be appreciated!

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