When I turned sixteen, I couldn't wait to get my driver's license. I couldn't wait for the freedom to drive a car all by myself! I'd had my permit for a year, had taken Driver's Ed, and clocked lots of miles with my mom in her car.
I took the driver's test on my birthday, and fortunately, I passed. I went to school the next day squealing and flashing my license to everyone who would take a look. In a small town, the day you got your driver's license was a big deal.
Fast forward far too many years, and now, I have a sixteen-year-old son. A son who is terrified of driving. He has his permit, and we've taken a few spins around a parking lot and even driven on a quiet residential street, but if we put both of us, at sixteen, on a spectrum of excitement around driving, we would be on *completely* opposite ends.
In talking to other people, I've found it's not that uncommon for kids today to be more frightened. Some people believe it's actually a good thing. And I suppose it is, to a point. Caution when driving is, of course, an important thing to have. But you also have to have some level of self-confidence, and the ability to believe that you can make the right calls and have good judgement when faced with a decision behind the wheel. I think this is why my son is so scared - he's afraid he isn't going to be able to make the right call when the time comes, and he thinks the worst will happen.
For now, we're taking it slow. If he's not in a huge hurry, I guess I don't need to be either. Still, at some point, it's a skill he needs to have, at least where we live.
I'm curious about your learning-to-drive experience? Scared or excited? If you were scared, what helped you get over it?