Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Should your 16 year old get a car?
NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! Perish the thought immediately. This is the voice of experience. I will tell you why... Our first four got cars when they got their licenses. They saved their money since they were preteens with the great incentive that they would get a car. Everyone was happy with this arrangement...they could drive themselves to and from practices, stay after school for clubs, get milk on a moments notice etc.... Then they totaled the cars. Not because of treacherous conditions or any illegal substance . They are smart, (straight A students), responsible (leaders in school) who demonstrated sound judgement most of the time. They seemed perfectly able and ready to be driving all around independently. So, when our insurance gave us money to buy ANOTHER car, they crashed that car too! All four of the kids! 2 cars each ! That is 8 destroyed cars. Unbelievable really and thanfully no one ever got hurt..but the experiences are not good for anyone. A 16 year old does not have the experience to be driving at will....because he is 16 . Our second son just turned 15 in Oct and has his heart set on getting a car..he doesn't understand that he is not getting a car. Looking back at these car wrecks it is pretty unbelievable that we as parents would have kept repeating the same actions! And we were in a hurry too to get them driving again so they would not be afraid to drive. So I am telling you now if you 16 year old wants a car...., don't do it....don't even think about it!
Posted by Annmarie Pipa at 8:51 AM