How are Others Managing Teen Driving?
Hello Wise Community!
My 17-year-old is scheduled to take their driving test next week. I'm trying to figure out a reasonable approach to their driving and am wondering what others are doing. My teen would love for their father and I to purchase a car for them to use as they like, as they think this is what most of their friends have. They do not have enough money saved to purchase a car themselves. I am trying to strike the delicate balance between supporting growth toward independence and discouraging an attitude of entitlement.
My teen is mature and responsible, with like-minded friends. They push themselves hard in school and participate in school sports teams. They work a paying job during the summer, but not during the school year.
It is not essential that my teen have 24/7 access to a car. I can take them to school in the morning, and there is a bus home in the afternoon. It would be convenient for them to have a car during their sports season (Fall, which just ended) and for social reasons as their friends live quite far from us.
My family could afford a third car; however, I work from home and can be somewhat flexible in when I need access to a car. If our teen gets their own car, my husband and I would prefer to purchase it so it is a relatively new car with many safety features.
We have another, older, adult child in the home who shows no interest in getting their license, and who gets by using a combination of public transportation, ride share, rides from friends, and coordinating their commute into work with my husband as much as possible.
So, my questions for you:
What have your provided for your teen driver, and what do you expect from them?
What advice do you have for me?