How to Tell if Your Teen is Ready to Drive

How to Tell if Your Teen is Ready to Drive

The majority of teens cannot wait to get their license. They want to taste that freedom that comes from being able to drive legally and getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. However, just because they want to drive doesn’t mean that they are ready to drive. Here are some ways to tell if your teen is ready to drive.

They make good choices

Does your teen currently use good judgment? Do they stay out of trouble? If the answers are yes, then they may be ready to get their driver’s license. While it is important to note that teens don’t always make the best choices, they should generally pick the right path.

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They can control their emotions

Teens that get angry, upset or frustrated easily may not be ready to drive. While the teen years are a period when emotions run high, most of the time these emotions can be managed. You certainly don’t want your teen behind the wheel of a vehicle if they can’t manage their behavior and their emotions.

They obey the rules

While it is normal for teens to break the rules a time or two, if you constantly find your teen in trouble at home and at school, they aren’t ready to have a driver’s license yet.

They pay attention

Being a driver on the road means that you always have to pay attention to what is in front of you and what is around you. If your teen gets distracted easily or they are not always aware of their surroundings, they aren’t ready to drive a vehicle.

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They are multi-taskers

If your teen can handle various aspects of their life and handle it well, more than likely has the maturity to handle the responsibility of driving. This means that they study for their exams and complete their household chores without being nagged to do so.

  1. thank god this is something I haven’t got to think about for at least 13 years, if not longer!! Some handy pointers here.

  2. Heather says

    HAHA both my niece and stepdaughter are 15 – just 20 days apart – and about to be 16 in January. It isn’t if they’re ready – their moms and I aren’t! It’s a scary and exciting time at once. Luckily, as you wrote here – they are responsible and very mature. Here’s hoping the rest of the people on the road with them are the same.

  3. Dhemz Apdian - Dias says

    these are some great information! I think I’m not ready for my daughter to drive when she reaches that legal age to drive.

  4. Elizabeth O. says

    Yep, those are definitely the signs that they’re ready. Being responsible is so important.

  5. Jaime says

    This is a great guidelines for parents who is getting close to having their teens ready to drive!

  6. victoria says

    This is a great information, thankfully i don’t have teens yet i pass this to my sister because he have two boys and they want a driving lesson

  7. Maria says

    Good tips! I’m not ready to even think about my 11 year old reaching the age of learning to drive and yet in just a few years, he’ll want to get his license. Eek!

  8. Rosey says

    My daughter is 16 and I can’t talk her into driving. I’m letting her go at her own pace.

  9. Dogvills says

    These are great points to consider to know if your kids are ready. I think I will the one who’s not ready. Lol.

  10. Nikki says

    I don’t had a teen yet, but this is very helpful, I could ise it for the future, thanks for smart idea.

  11. CourtneyLynne says

    Ahhhhh thankfully I have a few monte years before I have to worry about my daughter driving…. Omg the thought of it though sure does scare me lol

  12. becka says

    I don’t think I am ever going to be quite ready for mine to start driving… She is only 10 but as fast as these 10 years have went I’m sure it will sneak up on me. She is already very mature for a 10 year old so my hopes of her deciding to not drive for awhile are pretty low. 🙂

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