Is Your Teen Ready to Drive Alone?
Even if your teen has completed the minimum state-required practice hours to acquire a probationary or junior license, this doesn’t mean that she’s ready to drive alone. You and your teen need to honestly assess whether it’s time to safely take the wheel alone or to continue with adult-supervised practice for a longer period of time.
You may also want to consider using the “Street” or "Satellite" feature of an online mapping tool when planning a trip with your teen. The two of you can virtually “drive” and point out potential hazards or confusing directions along the route you choose to follow. There are several tools available online, such as MapQuest, or Yahoo! Maps.
When you’re confident your teen is ready to drive alone, continue to monitor his driving activities and to go along for more challenging rides. Developing driving competence takes time. Stress that you are always around to answer questions and to help in any way.