3 Signs Your Teen Is Ready to Drive


Several parents have asked how they can tell if their teenager is ready to drive. DrivingMBA emphasizes readiness vs. eligibility as there is a significant difference between the two. In Arizona, teenagers are eligible for their learner’s permit when they are 15 1/2 years old. They are eligible for their license when they have held their permit for a minimum of 6 months and have reached the age of 16. We ask parents not to place a lot of emphasis on a student’s 16th birthday but rather to pay attention to the following:

  • Are they mature enough to understand driving is a significant responsibility?
  • Can they follow through on their day-to-day responsibilities without prodding and coaching from mom or dad?

Once they start the process of learning to drive, the questions you need to ask are:

  • Have they developed the necessary skills and decision-making to drive without coaching from an instructor or parent?
  • Can you sit in the vehicle as a passenger and not feel you need to hold onto something or hit the brake?

Swerve Driving School out of Washington suggests three signs your teen is ready: Meeting Expectations, Knowing Boundaries, and Understanding Consequences.

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Maria Wojtczak
Maria Wojtczak is Chief Operating Officer at DrivingMBA. She has extensive knowledge in teen brain development and has pioneered many techniques used to teach students at DrivingMBA. Her passion for teaching and saving teen lives has made her a leader in the driver training industry.


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