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First Approaches To Teen Driving

First Approaches To Teen Driving

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Even though the minimum age for an unrestricted license is creeping up in some states, teen driving and getting a license has been a long awaited rite of passage.  Teenagers are involved in more automobile accidents than those in any other age group, and studies have shown car accidents account for 40 percent of teen fatalities. Statistics also show that the driving age should be raised to either 17 or 18, but even with those stats, most people consider driving to be an important part in a teenagers life.

While it can be scary to allow a teenager to drive, there are some benefits if your teen is controlled, well-trained and driving at this age.

Teen Driving: Supervised Practice

In the U.S, a teenager becomes a legal adult when they turn 18, but being older doesn’t attest to maturity or wisdom. Letting an eldest child behind the wheel gives parents a degree of control still that they wont have when their child is a young adult. By giving your child enough practice, this will reduce the chance of a future crash. Being an inexperienced driver is a key factor in why many car accidents involve teenagers. Setting limits for your child, such as being home at a specific time, not having other teens in the car and many other restrictions, can be put in place until your teen demonstrates enough responsibility.

Teen Driving: Independence Is Gained

Teenagers who depend on others for rides can potentially miss out on any social and work opportunities that come up. Not to mention, your teen being at risk. Your child will have to catch rides with other young teens who could be inexperienced drivers or the same rules your child has. By letting your teen drive, their able to gain the independence and control over certain situations they otherwise might not have.

Teen Driving: Parental Convenience

Many parents are highly scheduled, putting in long hours at work and juggling a busy work life, along with their home life. Teens lead busy lives packed with practices, volunteer work, paid jobs and the hobbies they have. The teens that hold licenses can manage their own schedule, drive themselves to and from school and other social activities. Another bonus being, older teens can take younger siblings around, alleviating any pressure the parents could have.


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