5 Reasons Why Your Teenager Should Learn to Drive ASAP
Learning to drive is something many teenagers can’t wait to do, but inevitably there are some who don’t see the point. As their parent, you will no doubt feel rather frustrated at their lack of motivation. After all, you probably learned to drive as soon as you were old enough to get behind the wheel!
Teenagers don’t like to be told what to do, but it is worth doing your best to try and persuade them of the benefits that come from being able to drive. To help you make a strong case, here are five reasons why teenagers should take driving lessons as soon as possible.
More Free Time
The great thing about being a teenager is that they have a lot of free time. As a parent, you probably spend your days trying to fit an impossible number of tasks into not enough hours. Teenagers rarely have any responsibilities apart from going to school or college, studying for exams, and having fun with their friends. It’s not exactly a hard life, so now is the best time to take lessons. Once your teenager enters full-time employment, they might struggle to find any spare time.
Greater Disposable Income
Teenagers don’t have bills to pay or a mortgage to worry about. Whatever money they have is theirs to spend as they see fit. Driving lessons are not cheap, but it shouldn’t be too difficult to find enough money to pay for a block of lessons. Grandparents may be willing to help out by paying for a block of ten lessons, perhaps as a birthday present.
Future Career Prospects
Being able to drive is not essential, but it makes it a lot easier to find a job. There are also some careers where a driving licence is a requirement, for example sales jobs or any job involving client visits. Many employers look at whether a prospective employee can drive, so if your teenager has all the right skills but lacks a full driving licence, he may not make the cut when it comes down to the final few candidates.
The Demise of Mum’s Taxi Service
One of the joys of parenthood is ferrying your offspring around until they learn to drive and have access to a car. It is in your interest to pull the plug on mum’s taxi service, as it will save you a lot of time, hassle and money. If your teenager is dithering about learning to drive, a short reminder that you won’t be offering him a lift anywhere for much longer should help to crystallise his thoughts.
Hopefully your teenager won’t be starting a family just yet, but when he does, being able to drive will be a huge bonus for everyone. It’s not easy managing without a car when you have a baby and a toddler to deal with!
Your teenager won’t be able to book a practical driving test until he has passed the theory test, so point him the direction of this website so he can try a few practice tests.