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How does one learn to drive?

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There are two options under official N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles operations. If you are between 14 ½ and 18 years old, driver’s ed is required and offered through the school systems free of charge according to state law. You can sign up at your local high school, and private-school students can sign up at the public high school in the district where they live.

A driver’s class is not required for those older than 18, but those who are interested in taking a class before passing the N.C. DMV license test can use a commercial driving school.

Local options include:

  • Farriss Driving School — 127 S. College Road, Wilmington [Map this].
  • East Coast Driving School — 5552 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington [Map this].
  • Coastal Carolina Driving School — 3714 Patriot Way, Wilmington [Map this].
  • Driving 4u Biz — 129 Wild Berry Lane, Hampstead [Map this].
  • Brunswick Driving School — 987 Sabbath Home Road SW, Supply [Map this].
  • While N.C. DMV spokeswoman Marge Howell said she’d recommend a driving school, she said the old-fashioned way that many people learned to drive — with mom or dad in an empty parking lot — is “a time-honored tradition and I wouldn’t dare comment on that.”

    “Certainly we urge caution and common sense in learning to drive,” Howell said. “But parents have a long history of teaching their children how to drive or playing a big role In it.”

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