My daughter recently started telling me about cars she would like
to drive and even started looking online for them. Though she is 14, she is
already eager for her learners permit. My husband & I are NOT looking
forward to the next two years. I know I was 16 when I drove by myself, but times
were different then. We did not have cell phones with the ability to text while
driving or all these other teen distractions.
I know eventually she will drive but, we don’t
think she grasps the responsibility and danger that comes with driving. I truly
believe for her it’s status thing and I worry about her safety.
Now, do not get me wrong. I am sure my mom
worried as well, but we did not have the distractions we have now a days while
driving. I am telling you, I do not look forward to what lies ahead!
I have no problem teaching my daughter how to
drive and having her drive with me in the car, it’s the part where she
eventually drives by herself that I have difficulty with…I don’t trust the
Teens strive for independence; however we must
teach them that with independence comes responsibility and accountability. Driving
is a privilege not a right. I read and hear about all these car accidents that
teens die in because of their inexperience and that is what concerns me.
I have no control over the outside world while she is driving, but I do have
control over teaching her how to drive safely and how to be a smart driver.
So I ask you, when do you think is a good age for a teen to drive?
16? 17? or even 18? Whatever age, I’m still going to worry.