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Should Your Teen Be Driving Soon?

by Dolores Olsen

Any thought as a parent of letting your teen drive soon when they are legally able to do so?

For some parents, such a decision is a rather easy one to make. For other parents, they can go back-and-forth on seeing their loved one drive so early in their lives.

That said what decision will you make when the time comes for your kid to want to get behind the wheel?

Safety is Always Priority Number One

In looking at the thought of your teen driving, driver responsibility has to be front and center.

Given your teen does not have the driving experience that older drivers have, he or she is at a disadvantage.

With that in mind, it is important that they never lose sight of the importance of safety.

Along with avoiding cell phones, personal grooming and more, the vehicle they have to drive is key too.

From day one, you need to drive home to them how important safety is behind the wheel.

So, is there a chance you will be buying a car or truck for them?

For many parents, they do opt to get a vehicle for their kid to drive when the time comes.

If this sounds like you and you lean towards something used, do your research.

Given older vehicles come with a history, it is important to know that history.

One way to go about this is by going online to search license plates.

If you get the license plate info of any used car or truck you have eyes on, you have taken the first step forward.

Among the things you can try and look into with that license plate info:

  • Accident history – Does the vehicle have an accident history? If the answer is yes, you need to know about it. You do not want to buy something that may not be at 100 percent.
  • Recall history – It is also important to find out about any recalls be they past or present. While many recalls are of a minor nature, others are more impactful.

By getting the lowdown on a vehicle, you are better prepared to decide if it is worth buying for your teen.

Network with Other Parents

When the time comes for your teen to want to learn how to drive, networking is key too.

Talk to other parents you know with teens either now driving or about to learn how to. They can provide you with some solid information that can steer you in the right direction.

When you need to find your next vehicle and especially one for your teen, you can use all the help you can get.

Chat with other parents on what vehicles they got for their teens. How much were they and where did they find them? Have they had any issues with their teen driving or has it been rather smooth?

By being a more informed parent, your teen is in a better position to drive away safely.

If the time is here that your teen wants to drive, are you ready as a parent for this monumental decision?

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