In just a few short weeks, my 17 year old son could be driving all on his own. This prospect fills me with two emotions – pride (because he’s done really well to learn so quickly), but mainly HORROR. My teenage son will be in sole charge of a piece of machinery which has the potential to kill him, any passengers (including my other two children) or any other road user or pedestrians.
That’s a scary thought.
The statistics are enough to put anyone off allowing their teenager to drive. Figures from Brake show that 17-19 year olds make up just 1.5% of drivers, but are involved in 9% of fatal or serious crashes. And 23% of 18-24 year olds crash within two years of passing their test. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg with the scary statistics. Remind me why I’m allowing my son to learn to drive again?!
Of course, driving is a life skill and its great for independence. It will take some of the pressure of myself and my husband, who are constantly driving the kids round.
But what happens when the car breaks down in the middle of the night in the middle of nowhere or a strange light appears on the dashboard? Newer cars have a huge amount of technology on the dashboard that seems to be able to do pretty much anything apart from make the driver a cup of tea. Sadly, that is not the case for 11 year old Minis like mine.
But there is an alternative for older cars like mine. Wireless back up camera systems from TadiBrothers have two cameras and are basically a little screen on your dashboard showing the road. They mean a driver can eliminate blind spots when manoeuvring. They sound like a very good idea to me – anything to take away the worry of my son being out on the road alone or with his friends (which is a lot riskier).
Now, after thinking about this carefully, I’m not sure whether I want you to cross your fingers that he passes his test – or that he doesn’t!
How did you feel about your teenagers passing their tests and driving alone for the first time?
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