Drivers license questions

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Drivers license questions
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Mon, 04-29-2013 - 4:31pm

My oldest turned 15 today :)  Wow! 

My ds has been talking about getting his permit the past few months but we haven't done any research into what needs to happen for him to get his license when he turns 16.  My dh and I had a short convo last night about it and discussed what restrictions we would place on it.  We both feel that his grades need to be at a certain level, I think that was the most important requirement.  What types of rules or restrictions does your teen have to follow in order to get/keep their driving privileges?  This is unchartered territory for us, so any advice would be much appreciated!

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Registered: 05-13-1998
Tue, 04-30-2013 - 11:20am

Grades are usually a contingency with people because a higher GPA means lower insurance bills. For us, we wanted DD to do all the leg work to get her permit on her own.... and she has yet to do so at 16. She's half-way through the online permit class but just can't find the time to complete it. I would have signed her up for an in-person permit class if she wanted but again, she's not carved the time out to get there. I'm not sure when she'd even take the actual driving classes (and to be fair, she's a junior and it's all about college research, tests and apps right now.) Driving is not a priority to her and not such a big deal in our area. I'd say half of her friends don't drive until 18 largely due to all the rules placed upon them as provisional drivers. Plus, high school jobs are rare in our area and driving is expensive.

So, for her, I suspect it won't happen until she turns 17 next year and all the college app stuff is done. Again, the only rule we placed was that she had to research how and do the first steps on her own... not happening lol. 

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Mon, 04-29-2013 - 8:28pm

I think you're wise to make the grades a contingency, and I also love Arryl's 2nd paragraph about the gas tank. Lots of kids don't pay attention to that at all and it's really important. I ran out of gas in the rain when I was 17, and fortunately, a nice guy stopped to help, but I do NOT want this to happen to my kids because they may not be so lucky.

 

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 04-29-2013 - 5:12pm

We did not put any requirements on it, its been more like a case by case basis.  We have the restriction in Texas that the first 6 months they are on probation and they aren't allowed more than one other person in the unless its a sibling or parent/guardian and they have hour restrictions, until they are 18 they are not allowed to be driving past midnight or before 5 a.m. unless it is for work or for a school event.  Had my oldest not gotten such good grades already, there may have been more discussions about grades. 

General things we did try to ingrain in her was that she should never let the tank get below a quarter tank, if she wasn't driving her car, she needed to replace the gas she used in the tank or give us money to pay for what gas she did use, and (tried) to get her in the habit of checking the oil regularly in her own car, though we haven't quite succeeded in that one yet.

The one thing we did do was make sure she knew she was to text or call us when she was leaving someplace or arriving at someplace that she was driving the first year so we knew she was safe.  Even though we don't require it any longer, she still calls or texts most of the time and if she's ever going to be later than usual coming home from work in the evenings, and she still calls to ask permission to go anywhere that wasn't already discussed or out of the ordinary.

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