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How to Tell If Your Teen Is Mature Enough to Have Their Own Car

Learning to drive is a right of passage for teens. However, owning a car comes with a lot of responsibility. That is why it is important to make sure that your teen is ready before you give them a car. There are several signs that indicate your teen is ready to have their own car.

Exercises Good Judgment

Driving requires that you make split decisions. That is why anyone who drives has to be able to exercise good judgment. You can tell that your teen exercises good judgment if they do well in school and can deal with conflict without causing problems.

Always Follows the Rules

There are a lot of rules that one will have to follow while they are on the road. This includes things such as not using a cell phone, respecting the speed limit and always wearing a seat belt. If your teen is following rules of your home and at school, then they will likely follow the rules of the road.


A responsible teen is one who can complete their chores and do their homework without being asked to. They may also hold down a part-time job and make their own money. If your teen is responsible, then you can trust them to make the right decisions while they are behind the wheel.

Doesn’t Give in to Peer Pressure

Teens are faced with peer pressure every day. It can be difficult for you to go against the crowd when you want to fit in. However, as any car accident attorney will tell you, peer pressure can cause one to do things that they should not be doing. That is why if your teen is able to avoid giving into peer pressure, then they are ready to get a car.

They Understand Consequences

The brain is still developing during the teenage years. That is why many teens do things without fully considering the consequences of their actions. If your teen is able to make decisions and understand the consequences of them, then it may be time for them to get a car.

Most teens look forward to having their own car. However, there are a lot of things you have to consider before you buy your teen a car. You need to make sure that your teen is responsible, doesn’t give in to peer pressure and follows rules. They should also exercise good judgment and understand consequences.

Tim Esterdahl

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