Parent’s survival guide to having a teen driver

image As you may be aware, our son recently became the first of our four teenagers to get his driver’s permit. That leaves three more of our teens who will likely be entering the roadways over the next few years.

I’m sorry about that.

In fact, I’d like to apologize in advance for any mailboxes, trash cans or backyard swimminng pools that may be damaged in the future. And that’s just for my son. Once our other three get their permits, no one is going to be safe. At least once they dislodge themselves and the car from our garage door.

For those of you who might be facing a similar situation, or who are now reconsidering having children at all, I’d like to offer this short video sharing a few tips with parents on how to survive having a teen driver. It’s less than two minutes but it could save your life.

Especially if you’re driving anywhere near our neighborhood…

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I was a journalist, humor columnist, writer and editor at Siuslaw News for 23 years. The next chapter in my own writer’s journey is helping other writers prepare their manuscript for the road ahead. I'm married to the perfect woman, have four great kids, and a tenuous grip on my sanity...

40 thoughts on “Parent’s survival guide to having a teen driver”

  1. Whew. You poor bastard – 4 teens? Even your home life must be riddled with hormonally fired emotional tsunamis. I seem to recall when you moved that you mentioned the garage was going to be your private getaway – I hope that is working out, you’ll need it to scream out frustration, to cry in defeat or to organize your thoughts. And all that just around driver training.

    I noticed in the video that there are some large rocks ahead of your cars in the driveway – you should consider covering them with shock absorbing foam in case of the wrong gear being chosen or an overshoot on high speed driveway entry. Ha!

    May the force be with you Ned.

    1. So far the garage is only a sanctuary for all the boxes we still haven’t unpacked. But some day… some day…

      Until then, I’ll have to rely on all those boxes to absorb the impact if any of my kids drive through the wall.

      1. It’s a great town, but tough to drive in until you get used to the random stop signs, street cars, bicycles, pedestrians, one ways… Good luck with driving lessons. πŸ™‚

  2. I’m not sure if I should have sympathy for you. After all it was your wife’s choice and yours to have four kids. Right? Am I right? What were you thinking?

    PS: I want a bitchin’ Camaro too.

  3. I had a really good laugh watching the video. Thank you for that.

    I’ve been told I’m not the best driver, so I don’t know how much judgement I can pass. I’m not a BAD driver, I’m considered…an aggressive drive.

    I didn’t learn to drive until I was an adult. Living in New York City. That should tell you how I drive.

    1. Always my pleasure to give a laugh β€” intentionally or otherwise πŸ˜‰

      And as far as your driving, if we were in a zombie apocalypse it sounds like I’d want you behind the wheel.

  4. I am surviving my now 16 year old son driving. However, I had him pull over the other day. It was time to teach him how to bind and gag his mother, then toss her in the trunk.

  5. I have October 2016 in the “When will Ned completely lose his mind?” pool. You are not going to survive four. No way. I’m pulling for you, brother, at least until October of next year.

  6. “In a world gone mad, a world overrun by hormone-powered vehicles, one man stands alone…mostly because the family has buggered off to the mall with his car…”

  7. The day my daughter passed her test we were heading out for a drive.
    She got in the drivers seat, I in the passenger seat and then she looked at me and sweetly said ” Which one is the gas pedal and which is the brake again?” I sweetly ( not really) told her to get the hell out of the car, and have not gotten behind the wheel with her again.
    She turned 30 this year.
    Stay safe out there!

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