I have a 14-year old son. He is already counting the days
until he turns 16 and can get his driver's license. I
am terrified! I don't want to just cut him loose the night
he turns 16. Any suggestions?
Better to think about this now instead of a week before his
16th birthday. This way you can establish guidelines for
the privilege of driving with plenty of time for him
to get used to them.
do a lot of practicing with their instructors in all kinds
of conditions before they are allowed to fly solo. You
must be willing to spend time in the passenger seat while
your son practices until you are comfortable (no small
feat!). Student pilots are not allowed to have passengers
until they've flown many solo hours. Passengers are
an additional responsibility as well as a distraction so you
might want to forbid passengers for several months after he
gets his license.
Some other things
to think about:
Wait awhile before allowing your young driver to drive unsupervised
Tie the driving privilege to academic performance -- if grades
suffer, limit driving.
Consider having your young driver contribute to paying for
the increase in insurance costs.
Be clear about what the consequences are if the guidelines
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