Teens Behind the Wheel

When you attempt to teach your own child how to drive expect some encounters with your teenage driver.

Mari Fischer said, " She does get defensive sometimes," referring to her teenage daughter Amelia.

Meanwhile, Amelia agrees, but said, "My mom gets really nervous and when she does she talks too fast. I get confused."

You can expect similar discussions when you participate in the Department of Public Safety' s parent taught driver education program. You can also expect a considerable amount of paper work.

It begins with twenty dollars to the DPS for the curriculum, a thick packet that parents need to become familiar. Second, you will need one of the two state approved textbooks. They are about $25.00 - 35.00, but they can be checked out of the library. Next you teach the 32 hours of classroom training, recording each lesson along the way.

After passing a test at the DPS for an instruction permit students begin the14 hours of behind the wheel training.

"It takes a lot of discipline to read the material," said Amelia.

The driving is fun for most teens, but it takes a lot of patience from both the driver to be and the parent.

"We sometimes have a mother daughter encounter when we're driving," said Mari.

"I laugh a lot because my Mom gets a little paranoid," Amelia added.

Amelia knows that her mother only wants to teach her how to be safe, conscience and friendly when behind the wheel. And who better qualified to teach this than a loving parent who has a vested interest in the safety of their child.