Here in Germany, aspiring new drivers aged 16 years old and above can learn how to drive with the guidance of a family member or friend who has a valid driver's license at the ADAC Verkehrübungsplatz, a traffic training area in Leonberg, near Stuttgart. Here, traffic beginners and driving license applicants can practice driving at low speeds (maximum 30 kph), attack curves and hills, and park without fear of motorists blowing their horns because you are causing traffic.
Entrance to the ADAC Verkehrsübungsplatz in Solitude Ring in Leonberg.
Photos: Larry Cooper
Hubby has been encouraging me to learn how to drive and I mustered enough courage to go for it yesterday. The training area opens at 4:00pm and because we arrived early, we were the third in line. While waiting, he taught me some basics and how the car works. At 4:00 PM, the gate opened and we drove our way inside. It was a slow drive because the entire area has a speed limit of 30kph. It was slower when I went behind the wheel. I was driving the entire hour between 10 kph-20 kph! Hehe!
It was cold out and was even starting to snow but I was all sweat and cold hands. And because I am small, it took all my might just to reach the clutch, the brake and the gas. I cannot control my feet yet so that I released the clutch too early or too abrupt that the engine would die out on me. Or I steered too much to the right or to the left each time I tackle a curve. It was THAT difficult! I "begged" husband that we stay only for an hour because my legs were beginning to ache and my shoulder muscles were already stiff. And he obliged. And for my first day, it wasn't all that bad. And the €10.00 that it cost us was certainly worth it. I am glad I have a patient teacher.
Thanks Hanhan for the lesson! I can't wait for the next one. It may be difficult but I am learning!
If you are living in the area and want to have some knowledge in driving before enrolling for a Driving School, this might be helpful:
Fees: €7.00 for the first hour, €3.00 for the next succeeding hours.
Please see their website at www.adac.de/wuerttemberg for schedules (only in German)