Skip to main content

Au Pair Tells of Her Transition from Driving in Columbia to Taking Driving Lessons with Local Driving School Shift Above 2

An Au Pair is often a young person from another country, who helps with light housework or childcare in exchange for room and board. They typically stay for one year, during that year they drive the family car.  This can be a daunting task here in the US since our roadways differ from the ones in their country.  

Maria an Au Pair here in New Jersey and, one of our students, shares her experience: 

My name is MarĂ­a, I’m from Cali, Colombia. I came to New Jersey as an Au Pair. I have been driving for 5 months manual and automatic vehicles in my home country and here in the United States. 

I have some concerns about driving in the US, for example, one of my chores is to transport my host kid frequently and with safety. Then, I was worried about a lot of differences between drive laws and street signs system between both countries. And the last one, pass both text and road test, to get my drivers license. 

My concern with my driving is my nervous about doing something wrong or don’t know enough to be able to drive in different contexts. My host mom and I found Mike’s contact when we were looking for driving lessons for Au Pairs, which mean a lot of differences between us, like a new country, vehicle, laws, roads, language, etc, and a native person learning how to drive. 

The lessons were easy to understand and in case you can’t understand something, Mike has the right pedagogy and tools to explain to you until you can understand. He was so patient and supportive, he knows the difference in the process of keening when you are an Au Pair and he’s ready to tell you respectfully when you are doing something well or something wrong, and how to do it step by step. 

The information was enough, Mike told me about what’s going on in the real road world. He was so clear. My responsibility is to practice with the tools he provided me. I feel I have improved a lot, no matter if we were working on specific topics, Mike told me how to improve some other things as advice to be safe and more comfortable on the road. 
Click here to enter
I have to say thank you, Mike, because I feel that the invested time was very well used, and now I feel more confident. Moreover, Mike has a great website where he has a lot of important information about the lessons, and all the information you must know to drive. He shares a lot of practice tests that helped me study for my knowledge test, they are a lot, I used them and I could pass my test. 

In addition, as Au Pair Instructor, he knows that our first weeks in the US are difficult while adapting and he asked me if I want to talk with other Au Pairs that are taking the driving lessons with him too, to meet new people and hang out to have fun!! Now, I have two great friends from two different countries, thanks, Mike. 

Thank you so much, Mike!!! I would recommend you with closed eyes.


Popular posts from this blog

New Jersey REAL ID Everything You Need to Know

WE NOTICED Longer Lines at NJ Motor Vehicle Commission as People rush to get the new REAL ID driver's License

There are approximately 6 million licensed drivers in New Jersey.  Anyone guessing how many of them will want a REAL ID?  Our guess is all of them based on our most recent trip to the MVC facilities the long wait times that range from 3-6 hours from the time we arrived before we departed the facility.  To HELP you if you’re one of the unfortunate individuals that have to make a trip to an MVC location and it's not to obtain a REAL ID, we will give you some tips to make the trip less of a wait and save you some aggravation. 

The standard New Jersey driver's license after Oct. 1, 2020, can still be used for driving, receiving federal benefits and entering federal facilities ”that DO NOT require a showing of ID” to enter.  So, if you typically used your driver's license or non-driver ID (instead of a passport or other form of ID) to fly domestically or enter militar…

Local New Jersey Driving School Shift Above 2 is Giving Away as Many $15 Gift Certificate Vouchers as Possible from Now thru Valentine's Day 2020

We created a gift you can give to yourself and somebody else. 

The $15 Gift Certificate Voucher can be used towards any of our Educational Driving Programs: 

6-hr GDL & Novice Drivers ProgramRoad Test Prep ProInternational Driver ProgramNight DrivingDriving Refresher ProgramAu Pair Driving ProgramSenior Drivers ProgramAdvanced Parking or Highway Programs.

All you have to do is freely print the below Gift Certificate by clicking on the image then print and keep it for yourself or gift the certificate to somebody else.  Feel free to save TREES and take a screenshot to share it on social media or email it to others, just be sure to mention the gift certificate when calling to schedule your driving lesson.  

We have 5 out of 5-star rating on Google.  See what our students are saying about us on Facebook & Instagram @shiftabove2nj 

Our Service Area Include: Essex County: Belleville, Bloomfield, Caldwell, Cedar Grove, East Orange, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Livingston, Maplewood,…

Shift Above 2 New Jersey Driving School's COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Protocol

The health, safety and overall wellbeing of our students, and their families, and our wellbeing, is always our top priority.  With this in mind, we continue monitoring the rapidly-changing situation with coronavirus, responding to updated information as it’s available, with the goal of continuing to safely serve our students. We will do everything we can to safeguard our students and driver’s safety and will follow the guidance of the CDC and local health officials. In addition to following guidelines set by the CDC, WHO and local health authority, we have taken the following steps:
We implemented enhanced protocols for cleaning and sanitizing our vehicles, including cleaning after each completed lesson focusing extra on high-touchpoint areas. We require proper handwashing to reduce the risk of exposure after all personal travel when we visit public places during the working schedule. We’ve emphasized what we can do to keep ourselves and others safe, including not touching one’s face or…