Being a parent makes you nervous when it comes to letting kids drive alone. Don’t worry, it’s not you only. After all, there are a lot of questions that you have to raise regarding how responsible your child is.
Concerns About Letting Kids Drive Alone
Does your son pay attention while driving? Is your daughter actually driving or just steering the car? Do they still look for controls or can they turn on the headlights without taking their eyes off the road?
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Does your daughter turn signals properly and regularly? Does your son actually stop at Stop signs?
Do your kids drive in the center of the lane and are aware of the traffic around them? Does your son automatically slow down for rain and poor lighting conditions?
Does your daughter scan ahead? Are they aware of what’s going on a few cars ahead of them on the road? Do your children have the maturity level that you should expect of someone who handles large machinery?
There are a lot of questions you should ask yourself when you allow your child to drive by himself or herself, so when you finally they decide that they are, remember that monitoring young drivers is also your responsibility as a parent. When letting kids drive alone, it would also help if you establish a new set of rules, for instance, no passengers for the first 6 months.
Here are other house rules that you could probably enforce, short of putting a GPS tracking device like Trackimo in your car:
- No driving after 9:00 p.m. (subject to adding another hour after months of responsible driving practice. Also take note that some states restrict driving times for teens).
- Suspended driving privileges for violation citations, like a speeding ticket or seat belt violation
- Drinking and driving could mean a revoked license, so remind your children that accidents are not to be tolerated—lives could be in danger if they don’t act responsibly