Nothing has driven more fear in me then the day that my baby boy got behind the wheel with ME in the passenger’s seat! I can honestly say I was not prepared for it! It’s not that he is a bad driver – – just inexperienced. I honestly don’t remember when it was me behind the wheel for the first time, BUT I am sure my mother does. When I was his age, driver’s education was a course that you could take for the insurance break, but it wasn’t required. Here in North Carolina, I was surprised to learn about the different levels of getting your driver’s license. There are several levels that you have to go through before you can get your permit, then driver’s license. As a parent, I was happy to see that it has gotten more difficult for them – – they can’t just go get their license and take off. Restrictions are put in place so that they can’t drive during certain hours, or have too many other teens in their cars in the first six months. This is a restriction that would have saved a lot of lives in my hometown.
Here is a site with helpful information on driver’s education for your state . Also, your state homeschool site usually has some great information as well. I suggest that around your child’s fourteenth birthday you begin to find out what the process is for your state or country. There are usually long waiting lists for state-funded programs, so the earlier that you can get your teen’s name on the list the better.
Besides the required classes and driving times, I sat down and talked with my son about driving and the responsibilities. As a homeschooling mama, I feel that I have a really close bond with my driving teen, so these talks are easy for us. As we are driving, we talk about driving, watching out for other drivers, and – – since we are in a bigger city – – pedestrians. We are about four months away our son being eligible to get his license. He has improved so much, and I have gotten fewer gray hairs lately.