Hey Mom and Dad: What Rules Do You Have for Your New Teen Drivers?

Parents, Patch wants to hear from you on the questions that get families talking.

Welcome to "Hey Mom and Dad"—a weekly feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on parenting. Every week, we get the conversation started by taking a look back at a question we asked parents the week before on Patch Facebook pages from around the area.

Is there anything more harrowing than the day when you first hand over the keys to your brand-new teen driver, the same one who it seems like just yesterday was still biking with training wheels? It's not uncommon for parents to set some restrictions on their newly-minted leadfoots, so we took to our Facebook pages to find out what the laws on this are in some west-suburban households. Which brings us to this week's question:

What new rules do you have for your new teen drivers, and how do you enforce them?

Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the comments section.

Lori Galandak-Anthony: "I am the LAW! Lol" — Hinsdale Clarendon-Hills Patch Facebook

Jeanne Nessinger Zabel: "No B's, No keys....." — Lisle Patch Facebook

Jim McMahon: "No cell phones on unless parked." — Wheaton Patch Facebook

Karen Sherman Bushy: "NO drinking and driving - not just drunk driving - NO drinking, and if they got caught (by the police or me!) they would lose the car for ONE FULL YEAR - and NO excuse would be acceptable.....NONE! I also did not 'harp' at them for it - I made sure they CLEARLY understood that the next time they would hear about it would be when I was relieving them of the keys for the FULL YEAR. It was never a problem." — Downers Grove Patch Facebook

Laura Temple: "Obey the graduated license laws (well ALL the laws) but those regarding curfew and number of kids allowed in the car while you are a new driver." — Downers Grove Patch Facebook

Hank Beckman: "I remember the first time I took my mom's car as a new driver. As I left the house, she said, 'oh, I don't like this.'" — Wheaton Patch Facebook

Darrell Hooper: "Remember to stay away from the Illinois state Troopers. They might run you off the road for the hell of it then make up some stupid story about a medical emergency." — Wheaton Patch Facebook

David A. Miller Sr.: "Kids don't need to drive.... They have everything they need within walking distance." — Elmhurst Patch Facebook

So what's your take? Tell us in the comments.

Buford Pusser March 19, 2013 at 04:33 PM
You don't drive until you are 18!
Kent Frederick March 19, 2013 at 06:00 PM
My mother couldn't wait for me to get my license, so she could send me on errands. You don't know how many times I had to make emergency runs to the grocery store, because my mother needed milk, butter, bread, a head of lettuce, etc. Then there were runs to the dry cleaners to pick up my father's suits, because he had an important meeting the next day, or he was leaving on a business trip. Often, if I was going to walk some place or ride my bike. My mother offered the car, in exchange for stopping at the gas station and filling up the car.
Edward Andrysiak April 27, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Kids are like horses...when their heads go up the brain falls out of gear! The ability to drive a vehicle, I think, is better when you are a kid than when you are a senior. The difference is seniors have the wisdom not to raise their heads and let their brains fall out of gear...meaning judgement, good sense and no need to show off. If you did a good job as a parent the kid should already have those instincts and will only develop them to a stronger degree with the passing of more time.


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