Tue, 12 October 2021
Today is a big day on our farm in Kuna, Idaho. Our daughter, Hattie, has completed driver's training and been awarded her driving permit. She is going to start driving with us and fulfilling the requisite hours to make her eligible for her full driver's license. We are going to go through the motions and do everything we need to do to comply with the requirements of the state for this to happen. However, she has been driving for years now. She drove the pickup while I fed hay off the back, then she started driving up the driveway when we got home, then I let her drive out in the desert and finally we cheated and let her drive on the farm roads by our house.
This got me thinking about my own experience as a teenager. I drove a lot before I ever even got my permit. Sometimes this was with my parent's permission and sometimes this was not. But growing up in a very rural area, I got behind the wheel a bunch to the extent that driver's training was really just a formality. My question today, is should we return to a time in which farm kids are treated differently when it comes to licensing?