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my almost 17 year old son is not interested in getting his learners but im worried if he doesn’t do it soon its going to be really hard to do all the hours required any ideas on how to encourage/ motivate him to get it ??


Posted by mums-info, 10th May 2014


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  • I see this far more often now – why get a license then you have to look after yourself.

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  • I’ve just taken my son who was a bit hesitant to the governments free “Keys2Drive” lesson. I found it a good way to get started. I’ve taken him for 3 drives in quiet car parks to get him feeling OK starting and stopping and steering etc and he’ll have lessons with the RAC from next week. Gentle encouragement (and a tiny bit of a shove!) helped me get my son motivated.

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  • I’ve just taken my son who was a bit hesitant and thad the govermnets free “Keys2Drive” lesson. I found it a good way to get started. I’ve taken him for 3 drives in quiet car parks to get him feeling OK starting and stopping and steering etc and he’ll have lessons with the RAC from next week. Gentle encouragement (and a tiny bit of a shove!0 helped me get my son motivated.

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  • Not too sure. In my case, the more I pushed, the more they pulled away from it. I guess you just have to wait and trust he’ll decide soon

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  • getting plates

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  • If you are still concerned; maybe outline some of the benefits of having a licence. Discuss why he is not keen too get a licence. He may have some valid reasons.

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  • Everyone is different and will get motivated when they feel the time is right. It is better to have someone learn that is keen and ready. Plenty of time ahead of him.

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  • Are you a taxi service for him? Is so, maybe get him to find his own way?

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  • My sister just got her L’s, everyone off the roads (just kidding) Good Luck to the kids nowadays it is alot harder to get your licence then when I had to do it.

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  • Tell him all the great things he can do once he gets it. I don’t know your financial position but if you can afford to buy a car for him. Does he currently use you as a taxi?

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  • I don’t think it would be any harder for him to get the hours up now as opposed to in a year or two or more. If he really doesn’t want to get it just yet I wouldn’t push it. I got my learners at 17 but didn’t get my licence until 19 because I just didn’t want to. I did have a few bad experiences so that probably had something to do with it but I don’t feel like I lost anything or had a harder time waiting to get it. Haha if anything I probably appreciated it more because I’d experienced a couple of years as an adult out of school and had to rely on parents to take me everywhere!

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  • Are his friends trying to get theirs ? I would check that first,as guys tend to do what their peers are doing..

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  • Those hours are so hard to get up and they do lose interest in it my son had to extend his learners by three months as he didn’t get the hours done in time.
    It got to the point where i was just telling him that I’m fed up with being his taxi driver that if he didn’t get his butt into gear i would be buying him a push bike and that would be his mode of transport he soon finished his hours and passed his test.

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  • thanks for your positive feed back :)

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  • easy what I would do is not be transport to go any where no matter what is for and he complains then tell him get his learners and the willing to take him places. Also do the old trick and ask him how does he plan on dating so had better get his learners than p plates and then open. Both my oldest had their at 16 yrs

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