Road Warrior: A teen-driver training opportunity for parents
If it ever gets to his desk, Gov. Chris Christie isn’t expected to sign a bill requiring parents to go back to school for an hour or two to learn how to best teach their teens to drive.
The governor quietly vetoed similar legislation once before, even though it allowed parents to perform this chore online.
And now, with Christie’s approval rating below 20 percent, why impose something so intrusive on adult voters in a year when his lieutenant governor is running for his job?
The reason should be obvious: Parents traditionally do most of the behind-the-wheel training while their kids drive with learners’ permits, so parents ought to be properly trained. But if you’ve watched the driving habits of licensed adults in New Jersey, you might have wondered if the governor has good cause to be wary.
After all, how many adults have studied a driver’s manual in the last 20 years or more? If we don’t know the rules, are we the ideal candidates to pass our collective wisdom on to the next generation?