It has happened! My daughter has passed the written driver's test and is now a proud holder of her driver's permit. As I am sure every parent feels, this is both a happy occasion and one that brings on a whole new set of fears. Who wouldn't appreciate having an extra (very eager) driver in the family to "run to the store", pick up her brother from school or sports, and when the time comes, drive herself places she needs to go.
The other side of the coin, of course, is that my 16 year old now has access to what can also be thought of as a deadly weapon. The DMV worker handed us a sheet for a course where new drivers are taught about what it means to be a driver on the road, and the responsibilities that the new driver is assuming. She will absolutely take that course. I think it cannot be impressed enough on kids today (as in the past) that the operation of an automobile is not to be taken lightly.
The man at the DMV also mentioned a frightening statistic about the increase in the number of accidents and fatalities in the 16 - 18 crowd. Make your kids take this course. Drive with them as much as you can, and set strict rules about when and with whom they can drive.
Just a little public service message from yours truly!