3 Things To Consider Before Letting Your Teen Drive

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If you have a teen who’s about to reach the age where they can begin driving, there are a few things you might want to weigh before you allow them to jump at this opportunity. And while you might be thinking that having a teen driver will make your life easier, as you won’t be the chauffeur anymore, if you don’t think that your teen will be a safe driver, it might be better for you to keep the keys to yourself.

To help you in making this determination, here are three things to consider before buying your teen a used car and letting them drive.

Their Knowledge Of Vehicle Maintenance

Driving a car is a big responsibility. Not only does your teen need to be safe when they are on the road, but a vehicle is a piece of machinery that can easily run into issues if the driver isn’t careful or doesn’t know what they are doing. So to help ensure that any vehicle that your teen drives is going to be in good hands, you’ll want to know that your teen has the proper knowledge of vehicle maintenance before the car becomes their responsibility. 

To do this, you should spend some time with your teen going over what all of the elements of the vehicle are and how to care for them. You should also tell them how to know if something is wrong and what they can and should do in situations where an issue arises. And doing things like filling up the gas tank, checking the air, adding air to the tires, and putting in more windshield washer fluid should be easy for them. 

Their Lifestyle And Attitude

On a more personal level, you should think long and hard about your teen’s lifestyle and attitude before you let them loose on the streets with everyone else. Because if they lose control when behind the wheel, they can put themselves and countless others at risk. 

If you feel like your teen is particularly impulsive, doesn’t act as maturely as they should, doesn’t have the skills to drive, or is too careless when driving, giving them your keys might need to wait until you can trust them to be on the road. 

Where You Live

It’s not only your teen that you should be thinking about as you consider whether or not they should be driving as soon as they are legally able to. You may also want to think about where you live and the potential dangers and hazards they could experience when driving in that area. 

For those who live in places with harsh winters or particularly dangerous roads, keeping your teen from driving in these situations could be wise. 

If your teen will soon be the legal age to drive, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you know if this will be the right choice for them at this juncture. 

About Author

LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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