Is Your Teen Ready to Drive Alone?

Arizona has strict requirements for teen drivers. Teens who are at least 15 years and six months old can be eligible for a graduated instruction permit, which requires a licensed adult to remain in the front seat at all times. After holding the instruction permit for at least six months, teens may be eligible to receive a graduated driver’s license. This license still requires a licensed adult in the front seat during certain times. Even if your teen qualifies to drive alone during the day, should you let them? Consider the following factors before deciding if your teen is mature enough to drive alone.

Following the Rules

If your household is like most, you probably have a list of rules for your kids. Consider whether your teen tends to follow the rules most of the time. If he or she consistently respects curfew, does chores, and follows other rules without having to be reminded too many times, then it’s likely he or she would respect the rules of the road. On the other hand, teens who frequently break household rules may be more likely to ignore traffic rules like speed limits.

Acting Responsibly

Responsibility is a characteristic that goes beyond following the rules. A responsible teen will go the extra mile to get homework done properly and on time. Responsible teens also tend to enjoy volunteer work in the community, and they take the initiative to earn pocket money by babysitting or getting a summer job. If you have younger children, a responsible teen would voluntarily look after them without having to be asked.

Resisting Peer Pressure

Peer pressure is a major issue for teens. Consider whether you’ve seen your teen cave to peer pressure in any situation. In addition, consider whether your teen behaves in a significantly different way around his or her friends compared to other situations.

If your teen does get into an accident despite your best efforts to remain cautious, you can count on Barnett’s Towing to provide rapid assistance. Based in Tucson, we service all of Arizona with 24/7 towing for all types of vehicles. Call us at (800) 722-2302 to request a tow.