How to Talk Your Parents Into Letting You Do the Driving

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You finally got your driver's license. Now, if only you could convince your parents to let you take the family car. Learning to drive is an exciting time in a teen's life, but many parents worry that their child lacks the experience to handle difficult situations. By showing your parents that you are responsible, you increase your odds of getting the keys.

  • Attend a driving education course through your school or through a community program. These classes prepare you to drive defensively and lower your parent's insurance rates when you start to drive.

  • Schedule a family outing to a remote area to show your parents your new driving skills. Part of their objection may be allowing you to navigate busy city streets and intersections. They will relax when you're driving on rural roads with fewer cars.

  • Keep your foot off the accelerator. No matter how great that rush of adrenalin feels when you put the pedal to the metal, your parents aren't going to approve and your chances of driving will go down the drain.

  • Raise your grades. Have your parents call their insurance agent. Many policies offer a deduction on rates for teens who have a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) or higher.

  • Ask your parents to take you everywhere. Eventually carpooling you and your buddies to the movies, shopping and to the dances will wear on their nerves and they'll hand you the keys.

  • Get home early when they allow you to drive and show your parents that you're responsible and can be trusted more often with the family car.

  • Offer to do some errands: pick up some groceries, wash the car and get your dad's shirts from the dry cleaners. Show your parents that allowing you to drive benefits them in other ways.

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