The excitement that a driver’s license brings to a teenager is one of the few things that hasn’t changed over the years. But why are they excited?Well, to a teen, getting a driver’s license means more independence and freedom for them. That little piece of plastic means getting closer to getting their own car. Is that a good thing?
Some teens don’t think about what they need to get a car. They just want that dream car and to hop in and go; if they don’t get that dream car, then many get disappointed and somewhat ungrateful. Many teens don’t think about how much it takes to own a car.
There’s insurance, car payments, gas, maintenance, etc. How are you going to pay for that without a job? Many parents often can’t do all of that by themselves. They have their own car and bills to take care of. Having more things means more responsibilities. More responsibilities means more maturity.
Foley High School’s Chayce Marquez says, “When I received my very first vehicle, my grandfather passed down his good ol’ Dodge Ram to me, which I was pleased to have something with wheels and a motor. However I did make a few improvements. I repainted the whole truck to suit my needs, and a toolbox is on its way. I also plan on improving the tires and rims next.”
However, some teens want to be “grown up” and that’s why they want their own car. Teens hate being treated like young children, so that little time of them being behind the wheel makes them feel adult-like. Even letting them drive you down the street makes them smile so big, like they can do any and everything just because they took you down the street.
One of the first things you’ll hear come out of a teen’s mouth when they are talking about getting their own car would be, “OMG, I’m going to go everywhere anytime I want to! It’s going to be so fun!”