We are at the stage where our oldest daughter wants to learn to drive. We've held her off for a couple of years due to the cost of driver's ed ($300-400) , cost of insurance and because here in IL parents can teach their children to drive without driver's ed if they are 17 years old and 2 months, something to that affect.
So we will be embarking on a new journey and it's kind of scary. I don't think she'll be a bad driver, it is just all the distractions and what ifs that make me nervous. The goal is for her to have her license by the time she's 18. We are requiring her to pay for her insurance, which she'll do by helping me on my paper routes on Sundays.
Those of you with teen drivers, how old was your child when they learned to drive/got their license? Did you teach your child or did you put them in driver's ed? Do you make them pay for their own insurance? Gas? I always paid for my gas when I used my parents' cars.
I did tell her if she passed with a decent GPA this year that I would pay for driving school over the summer.
What was I thinking? HAHA.
Seriously though, I think she will be fine. She's pretty responsible so I don't worry too much.