Teen drivers

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.

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8Theresa GouldChicago, Illinois
    04/03/14
    UGH, I am right there with you! Mini is old enough for her learning permit but we haven't gotten it yet. She's not pushing it and so I'm happy to not say anything if she doesn't!

    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.
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      8Theresa Gould
      That's reasonable. I was usually using my parents' cars for my own pleasure. I wouldn't require my daughter to pay for gas if she was going to the store for us or running errands for the family.
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        04/03/14
        I don't have any teens, but I wasn't taught to drive until I was 18, and then that was by my boyfriend. My parents are all nervous/bad drivers, and they didn't wanna pay for driver's ed. I got my permit (the written/computer test) and we'd practice together. In MO, it was that as long as the person teaching was 18 or older, and had a valid license and insurance, they could teach, so he did. I paid for the gas in the car, since he would let me drive everywhere we went, and to work (though to get back home he'd drive there, and then let me drive us back). It was the high ways I was terrified of, for almost two years until I had to drive to Chicago and back by myself, with Nina.
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          04/03/14
          Probably gonna leave early in the morning after having some breakfast and drive straight there, stopping to maybe get some food occasionally from drive-thrus, to get gas, or change nina. Probably gonna overnight as close as we can to the apartments/norfolk in a hotel, and then get to the leasing office for our keys in the morning. Last time I did this by myself, my husband was already here.
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            04/03/14
            4Marla
            my daughter took drivers ed at 15. she got her license at 15 1/2. She was given a car which she paid for gas from babysitting jobs. Unfortunatly she got in s wreck that was not her fault 4 months later. I will have her pay ins. During the summer months only as long as her grades are good. She also charges her friends $5 a ride if she is driving them home or if they are going to the movies or something to help her with gas.
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              04/15/14
              Not there yet in our lives (thank goodness) but I think you have a good plan!
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