When reminding my own teen about not giving rides to friends or being home by 11.00 pm with the car, because it is the law, I am told that no one pays attention to these restrictions.
We no longer live in the 50s, 60s or even 70s when every teen automatically got their license as a rite of passage with very little effort and that cruising down main street was the thing to do on a Saturday night. This is not small town America, but a very busy cosmopolitan area with plenty of traffic and difficult driving situations.
In fact many teens are not getting their licenses and many do not pass the test first time. Driving is a responsibility and a privilege rather than a right, and I personally feel that the law helps me as a parent to remind my young driver to be strict about curfew with the car and to forbid other teens in the car.
Am I alone? How do others deal with this? Thoughts would be appreciated.