When Your Babies Start to Drive

I still remember when I first got my driver's license. I was living in Kentville at the time and they hadn't introduced graduated licenses yet. We did the test and then got the keys. I was even allowed to drive friends at night - which was exactly what my first solo ride was. I picked up my two besties in my parents' Dodge Caravan and we headed to New Minas for ice cream. What a rush. I don't think I'll ever forget that feeling of independence - driving along completely by myself to pick up my friend.

This month in Family Matters I'm writing about things that teens need to remember when they get that first taste of freedom, and how parents can support them without overpowering them. I got some great advice from a local driving instructor and talked to a mom and daughter duo who are on the cusp of this big event. Interestingly enough I knew the family I spoke with way back when the daughter was born so, yeah, I'm feeling old realizing that she's driving now. Check out the full article at the link below.

A rite of passage for many teenagers is obtaining their driver’s license. The freedom and independence it brings is exciting for teens and parents alike but RSA Canada recently shared some eye-opening stats: “According to Transport Canada’s Road Safety in Canada report (2011), 24 per cent of fatalities and 26 per cent of those seriously injured [in motor vehicle accidents] were 16 to 24 years of age.”

RSA Canada identified the top five things that teens can do to stay safe while driving: wear a seatbelt; leave the phone off; keep within the speed limit; don’t drink and drive; and limit the number of passengers in the car.

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