So, Daughter is going through the process to get her drivers license. Its such an ordinary teenage ritual. I got mine on my 16th birthday when my Dad picked me after school and took me to the DMV to get my driving test. I had a car to use until I turned 18 and bought my own. Daughter is going to be 17 in less than a month. She went to Drivers Ed and now has to be enrolled in a drivers training course in order to get her permit. Providing she pass her written test. She takes the written on Thursday. Am I concerned? That would be a big affirmative. About a 9 months ago, in the middle of the night, Daughter snuck in my purse, got my car keys, and tried to drive my car to a friends house in a nearby city about 10 miles away. Did I mention Daughter had never driven before? Of course, she would claim that it looks easy when I was driving in the car with her. Anyway, she ran into some trouble when she tried to back out of the driveway. Trouble being our mailbox. Our drive way curves around and even sometimes I have to be careful when backing out. Anyway, she damaged the new spare tire cover (new because my car had been recently repaired when someone rear ended me) and took out the mail box. husband, and I, were sound asleep when she wakes up husband, and she tearful and saying over and over, Im so sorry. Then, she explains that she damaged the car trying to drive it. husband jumps out of bed in a sleepy fog. I just stayed in bed and let him handle it. I usually handle Daughters drama, and I just didnt have the energy to deal with drama in the middle of the night. Anyway, Daughter tried to repair the damage by using some touch up paint given to me by the auto repair people after the rear ending. The next morning is when I got my turn to lay into her. Actually, I didnt say much. I mostly glared at her. Why did she do it? Because she was angry that I wouldnt drive her to this friends house so that she could return a shirt she had borrowed. I told Daughter she could take the bus when she had asked me, or I would take her the next time I drove to that town. Apparently, the bus is beneath her and she didnt want to wait I did ask, in a very low growl, did she realize she could have killed herself, and someone else? That she exposed her Dad, and I, to financial ruin if she had gotten into an accident? Of course, what in the heck WAS she thinking? Response: I thought it would be easy. Anyway, she found out it wasnt. At least the nagging me to drive stopped afterwards. So, I simply backed off. I didnt encourage. If she wants her license, she would have to figure it out. Make the arrangements, etc. She did, took the class, studied, and now is on the verge of getting her permit. Oh boy. My primary concern, at this point, she Daughter is such a drama queen. She gets over emotional very easily and very nervous. She allows this to cloud her judgment in everything else and I dread she goes off while driving a car. She so impulsive and that and driving dont go together. Yet, she is going to need this skill, especially in our area. This is also a symbol of growing up and Daughter definitely needs to mature. For example, two days ago, she got mad at the dog over some little thing and declared, I never want to see that dog again! Anyone willing to share their experiences with car-driving difficult children?