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BobT

Driving with a permit ??

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My daughter recently got her driving permit. This evening I am driving up to Hibbing with my boat in tow. Does anyone know if there is a problem legally for her to drive the vehicle with a trailer in tow? I figure it would be best to introduce this to her while I can be along to help out if she has difficulty.

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It should spell all that out in her driver's handbook. With all of the changes that have been made regarding young drivers in the last couple of years, I would check out the handbook first.

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It's been awhile, but my Dad had me tow the boat up to Grand Rapids many moons ago with my permit. And it was good, because he got a severe pulled hamstring while up there, and I had to tow it back as well, but I already had the experience from the trip up smile

Good luck Bob, have a great trip!

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Depending on her driving experience it may or may not be a good idea for her to tow a boat. More stuff to watch especially changing lanes and making corners for a young insecure driver. Just a thought that popped into my head.

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Don't worry...you'll probably only be going 15 mph in traffic anyway. sleepsleepsleep

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Depending on her driving experience it may or may not be a good idea for her to tow a boat. More stuff to watch especially changing lanes and making corners for a young insecure driver. Just a thought that popped into my head.

Truth is that she's been driving since she was about 9. In fact, her first driving experience was solo if you can believe that. Fortunately, it wasn't on a roadway, just across my alfalfa field. Caught her by surprise when I told her to drive the truck back to the yard after I dragged her out there when I needed to change a tire on my hay baler.

But, yes, I have been considering your concerns and so it's something I'll have to talk to her about before hand. I will check the handbook to be sure it's legal.

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Yeah, farm kids learn to drive long before most. We drove all kinds of things from the time we were eight years old on the Gparents Wisconsin dairy farm. smilesmile

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If she's been driving that long, let her have a wack at it. Sounds like she would do OK. As long as you are with her, I don't see a problem with it.

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This particular weekend might not be the best choice. There are going to be a lot of extra vehicals and a hole lot of crazy going on on the roads this weekend.

Just my opinion. I am all for getting kids aquainted with towing a trailer, but on a weekend were defensive driving is the name of the game.....

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Didn't think of that. Thanks.

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i pulled the boat to the lake when i had my permit. i even think my dad slept half the way!

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This particular weekend might not be the best choice. There are going to be a lot of extra vehicals and a hole lot of crazy going on on the roads this weekend.

Just my opinion. I am all for getting kids aquainted with towing a trailer, but on a weekend were defensive driving is the name of the game.....

I agree. Its a tough weekend for driving for sure. I would want to get any kids used to driving with a trailer while I was around to help but I'd likely wait another weekend or two. Or maybe wait until you get up to where you are going and then find some quiet roads to practice on first.

I'm thinking back to my learners permit days. I'm pretty sure my first trip out on the road wasn't during rush hour traffic down 494. I built up to that nightmare.

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I would be careful about Opening weekend also. I`ll never forget the guy on Opening weekend who got rear ended just south of Pine River eons ago. He was standing there at the transom staring down at his lower unit laying on the ground. I could just see a tear sliding out...

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I looked at the latest driver's ed handbook, and there is nothing listed as far as restrictions on towing.

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