When Should Your Teens Learn to Drive

The freedom of the open road! Earning a driver’s license is a rite of passage for many teenagers, but as a parent, you might wonder when exactly your child is ready for this responsibility. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer, but here are some factors to consider.

Maturity Matters

First of all, driving requires a cool head and the ability to make quick decisions.  Consider your child’s maturity level. Are they responsible? Can they follow the rules? Impulse control is key behind the wheel.

Learning Stages

Many states have a graduated driver’s licensing system where teens can get learner’s permits at a younger age and progress to unrestricted licenses gradually. You can also introduce road rules and safe driving habits long before your child gets behind the wheel.

Practice Makes Perfect

The more experience your child has driving with you by their side, the better prepared they’ll be to handle situations on their own. Once they have a learner’s permit, prioritize regular practice sessions in a variety of conditions (daytime, nighttime, highways, etc.).

Communication is Key

Talk to your teen about the responsibility that comes with driving. Discuss the dangers of distracted driving, speeding, and driving under the influence. Open communication will help ensure they make safe choices behind the wheel.