Now, I'm 16 and I now have my lovely drivers license. I absolutely love driving, and any opportunity I get I drive. I'm constantly being regarded as a safe driver (I've even gotten an award for it). Despite my love of driving, I don't actually own my own car. I can only drive my mom's, and she's at work all week, leaving me to find rides here and there. She's also made it clear she isn't just going to buy me a car, and since we only have 1 car in the family (it's just us), I'm probably not going to get one soon. Now, I'm perfectly okay that I'm not just going to get a car. Would I like one? Yes, but I'm not gonna throw fits. One thing that I did question was why. I mean, I know it's not a financial issue, so I was curious if it was a responsibility issue, a grade issue, or something like that. (I should have made a clarification, she also has expressed she doesn't really want me owning a car at my age) The answer I got from my mom was that she doesn't think 16 year olds should even have cars. I understand her viewpoint too, as sometimes I have to beg her to let me get a ride home from school when I miss the bus (for making up work, etc.) so I don't have to wait till 5 when she gets off work to come and get me. This made me think, what do others think about the idea. Do you think teens should have cars? Should they not? Should they even be able to drive? If a teen should have a car, what do you think qualifies that teen to have one? Would you just give a car to your teen or what would you require out of them? Personally I think that if a teen is safe enough, responsible enough, and have means of paying the parent back (which sadly I lack that part), I think it's fine. Just satisfying my curiosity; I just want to hear different responses.