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post #31 of 39
i was seventeen sometimes i think i should of waited cause during that time i was partying had a few accidents thank goodness noone was hurt my neice just turn fifthteen and got her license but she a litte more mature for her age
As for eric my nephew hes ninteen still no license yet thank God for that because eric is in to drugs and drinks i worry the day he gets his
post #32 of 39
Permit at 15 and license on my 16th birthday here. I was starting to work full time and started commuting to college shortly afterwards, so it was a necessity for me. Up to that point in my life I was a party animal but nothing like a full time job plus college to straighten you up quickly - had no time to party after that!
post #33 of 39
Originally Posted by zanniesmom
{OK, five territories, can't let a 15 YO be smarter than me...Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, ummmm, ummmm, Guam, ummm, ummm..... Rats, he is smarter than me}

Puerto Rico
U.S. Virgin Islands
Northern Mariana Islands
American Samoa
post #34 of 39
One other thing I will say is that the teenage years become very trying on parents as far as more and more social engagements, meaning more and more times the kids have to be driven or picked up if they don't drive. I have 2 going in 2 different directions nowadays. I don't think I would have time enough in my day to get them to all of their school-related clubs, friends' houses, the mall, etc., etc.
post #35 of 39
Originally Posted by zanniesmom
{OK, five territories, can't let a 15 YO be smarter than me...Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, ummmm, ummmm, Guam, ummm, ummm..... Rats, he is smarter than me}
American Samoa and the Mariana Islands, I assume.
I got my driver's license a day or so after my 16th birthday. I was very responsible in some ways, and pretty wild in others.
My sister's oldest three all got their licenses at 16. They got (used) cars from my parents or my sister, but all have had to pay for their own car insurance (very prohibitive in my nephew's case) and gas, which means they all work to "support" their cars.
One thing I'd like to point out - a kid without a license or car is more likely to be riding with other teenagers who might be even less responsible, taking public transportation (or worse, hitchhiking), or waiting around to be picked up - all three of which make the kid (especially a girl) a bit more vulnerable.
post #36 of 39
Apart from the differences in laws around the world, I would say that the age of starting to drive should vary with where you live - a teenager in a rural area could probably start earlier than one in a city. The roads are quieter and the public transport is probably less efficient. In a city the traffic is worse and cabs and buses are easy to find. It also depends on what transport htey will have access to - no-one in their right mind (even if they could afford it) is going to put someone with limited driving experience, of any age, at the wheel of a sports car or expensive powerful limousine.

My first vehicle was a Vespa scooter in the Yorkshire dales, that I loved because I could go on tracks into the countryside. I learnt to drive a car when I moved to London at the age of 24 and was terrified in city traffic for ages.
post #37 of 39
I would also like to point out, that even if he won't drive a mile in all those years, if you wait until 18 or even later, you will be in all the hassle of college, perhaps even working, and all that, sometimes even moving to another state to study, which makes it a million times harder to get a license, because you have got less time to be around taking tests, driving school and so on. You can do all that in summer vacation, and weekends as a teenager when you've got nothing else to do and then when you really need the license you will already have it. We are not even starting to talk of how important is to know how to drive, even when you normally don't need to - if he finds himself in an emergency where he has to drive a car, and he doesn't even know where is the pedal sitting, much less even have a learners permit?

Down here, they always try to stress also, that if you are planning to study in the states, getting a PR license before you go, is a must. In the 50 states, license requirements are often stricter and higher than in Puerto Rico, and you have to wait much longer amounts of time between the learners permit and the license. In some, you might even have to get driving school (unheard of down here). If you already have the PR license, which is a million times easier to get, you can in almost every state of the union, bring it to the DMV as an out of state license, file as a new resident, and change it for an in-state license, saving you most, if not all of the hassle.
post #38 of 39
Call me silly, but my mom makes me earn everything. I think she should earn it. Maybe she should show she's responsible enough. You know, finish homework, not do anything bad (drink, party when she shouldn't, etc.) and help out around the the house. If she deserves the license, and shows she won't do anything wrong with it, she should be able to have it. Otherwise, IMO, NO WAY.
post #39 of 39
Personally I think 15/16 is a terrible time to be letting kids learn to drive. It's at a point in their lives when they're the most immature and should be concentrating more on their schooling than on how cool they're gunna be when they get to drive. Sure, there will always be exceptions to the rule in that some kids will genuinely be ready to learn, but the majority aren't. maybe even the UK 17 is too young too. I STILL don't have a license at 22... a) I know I can't afford to learn, let alone all the running costs - which is what these teenagers should have to learn to take responsibility for themselves instead of having mummy and daddy pay for it all for them... and b) I'm absolutely terrified of the exam. I'm really bad in exam situations and I know I'm obviously still not mature enough to deal with it at this moment in time. I've got more important things to be worrying about - like bills and taking care of my little boy. I think your sisters daughter would be better to wait and SHOW that she's got that mental maturity that you need in a car. You've got to remember, when you're at the wheel of a car, you are literally in the driving seat of a killing machine. Maybe it would be worth pointing that out - drink driving is one of the biggest killers - so perhaps she should be told to cut back on the partying if she's really interested in learning to drive. Serious interest needs a serious approach. I think that all made sense.....
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