10 Tips for Teaching Your Kid to Drive

Teaching your kid to drive can be a lot of fun. Or a challenge. Or a complete nightmare. Whatever the case may be, these tips will make your transition from driver to teacher a bit less crazy-making. (Creative Commons/Flickr/State Farm)

For as long as there have been cars in America, they've stood for freedom. The open road. The ability to go anywhere and do anything -- a teenager's dream. Cue the sound of a needle running off the record, oldsters, because that's not the case anymore. When you were a kid, your parents probably had to ground you for driving before you'd gotten your license. Or for driving a car full of your friends to a lake way outside town.

Why go to all that trouble when you've got a smartphone? There's nothing a kid could say to her friends in person that she can't say just as fast, and with a kitten emoji, in a text message. Where driving to the next town over while listening to Bel Biv Devoe used to be the height of freedom, teenagers can now follow political uprisings halfway around the world in real time. They can watch grown Norwegian men in fox costumes dance in the woods, then make their own parodies of "What Does the Fox Say" in their very own bedrooms and upload them for all the kids in South Korea to appreciate. I bet you never did that with your parent's car, old-timer.

But most kids do still need to learn to drive, if only so you can send them out to pick up their siblings while you finish making dinner. Here are 10 tips to make your transition from driver to teacher a bit less crazy-making.