As your child enters their teen years, it can be difficult to wrap your mind around the fact that they too, much like you, will be driving a motorized vehicle…soon.
However, so long as you take the right precautions to keep your teen safe, and have them invest plenty of time in learning how to not only physically drive a car, but practice taking the permit test before they enter the DMV, you are sure to rest a little easier.
Compelling Reasons You Should Let Your Teen Drive
Your teen is growing up into an adult. And, your job as a parent is to ensure that once this happens, your child can function as a well-adjusted member of society. This means being able to drive to and from wherever it is they need to go – school, work, family and friends’ houses, the grocery store, and more.
Make your child feel more like an adult and give them some added responsibility by allowing them to drive. As your teen searches for his identity during these crucial teen years, he will appreciate the space you have given him by letting him drive alone.
It would be silly to say that having another driver in the house is not helpful. Between your teen’s social life, extracurricular activities, job, and school responsibilities, it can be challenging to get her everywhere she needs to be on time, every time. This is especially true if you have a large family with multiple children.
Giving your child the freedom to drive can also lessen the burdens you face on the daily. In fact, they may even be able to help you with things like driving younger siblings to activities and going to the grocery store for you.
3. Work Transportation
Being able to drive and get a job at age 16 is a big deal for most teens. Again, as they search for their identities and seek to define themselves, garner more responsibilities, and enjoy more freedom than they had when they were younger, teens want to get a job.
Not allowing your teen to drive when they are able to limits possible job opportunities. Trying to find a job nearby, or matching a work schedule that works with yours is going to be tough. That’s why letting your teen drive alone, as is legally allowed, you are helping them to learn how to become a responsible adult. After all, this life skill of maintaining a job will carry them far into adulthood.
At age 16, your teen still seems like a baby to you. But the truth is, in two mere years, your child will be a legal, United States adult. While this does offer teens unlimited freedom to do as they please, becoming an adult at age 18 does not guarantee maturity when it comes to attending classes, making work on time, being able to pay bills, and having the ability to drive a car flawlessly.
By letting your child practice their driving skills while still a minor, as well as under your care and supervision, you are letting the reigns go just enough for your child to get a firm handle on what it means to be a driver, while also maintaining control over things such as curfew, locations, and frequency of driving.
In the end, giving your teen the opportunity to drive while still living under your roof offers your teen valuable life skills not just related to driving. And, despite what statistics say about the dangers teens face on the roads, most people generally believe that teen driving is a good idea.
After all, you need to start somewhere. If not as a teen, then when?