One life skill that teens need to learn to become independent but generally leave to their parents or caregivers, is transportation or 'getting from Point A to Point B'. There is a bus to get to school and the family's transportation to go pretty much anywhere else. Always leaving this life skill to parents can lead to the bad habit of never taking the responsibility of being where they need to be and blaming others for being late or not showing up. That will hinder your teen's daily living and success.
Young adults have goals, dreams and responsibilities that will require them to know all they can about different modes of transportation. Simply put, teens need to know 'how to get there from here'. Therefore, parents need to give that responsibility to their teen as often as possible. When parents do, teens learn valuable transportation lessons.
Below is a list of transportation lessons - and experiences if you can swing it - that your teen will benefit from learning now, while you are still able to help. Some of these are taught in high school and some can be taught by getting your teen involved with travel clubs or youth events.
Modes of Transportation an Independent Teen Should Know
- How to drive a car and take care of a driver's license;
- how to take a bus;
- how to ride the subways or speed lines;
- how to purchase a plane ticket, deal with the airport security and take the flight;
- how to purchase a train or ship ticket;
- how to hail or call for a cab;
- and how to get and take care of a passport.
- how to read maps;
- how to decipher bus schedules;
- how to figure out how much the mode of transportation or trip will cost;
- and what to bring with them.