Awww a rite of passage indeed. Who remembers getting your driver's license and being able to hit the road 'parent free' for the first time? That is one life event that we all remember our first time. I remember when I turned 16 I couldn't wait to get my permit and take the course to become a licensed driver so I didn't have to rely on mom, dad, or anyone else to have to drive me around everywhere.

Well, I'm here to tell you as the mother of a teen attempting to become a licensed driver it is no longer an easy task.

To get my license back in the day, I distinctly remember taking a driver's ed course through the school, getting my permit, then driving in the little car clearly marked STUDENT DRIVER with an instructor before taking my final driver's test with said instructor and getting my license!

Examiner filling in driver's license road test form

Well unfortunately it is not nearly that simple anymore. I do not, let me repeat, do NOT like the new system. The entire process is basically now self-taught. My teen literally downloaded an app on his phone and went through 12 different courses that he more than likely paid no attention to, and now just to get his permit, I have to provide all sorts of proof of identification, that of my ancestors, a blood sample, my right arm and possibly a lock of hair just to get that permit.

Our next step is to complete a parent-taught driving worksheet and log the daytime and nighttime hours that my kiddo drove with me. Great idea state of Texas, because I'm sure kids don't fudge that sheet at all!

It actually terrifies me that there are 16-year-olds on the road who faked their way through the entire course and are out driving like maniacs because someone thought it would be a good idea to change the old way of doing things.

Who's to say some of these poor kids weren't pushed on their 18-year-old siblings because mom and dad didn't have the time or didn't feel like messing with teaching their son or daughter the proper way to drive? They should never have changed things in my opinion. Smh.

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