experience is good. But... oh gosh, you probably don't want to hear this. None of this is to scare you or worry you, just know that whatever time you decide to let your child get their licence could have a number of outcomes and most aren't so bad. You could aslo concider letting him get his permit asap but, not let him get his licence unitl he is older. That would keep the first 2 years of his driving under your supervision... instead of the usual 6 months.
Ok now heres the bad part. I was a good kid. Good grades, no alcohol, no smoking, no drugs, no parties, came home on time, good friends, stayed out of trouble, not one tardy to class or referal at school, no cussing, no innappropriate sexual activity, no troube of any sort all through childhood. I had a great relationship with my mom (whom I lived with) and respected her very much. I got my permit as soon as I turned 15. Drove everywhere with my mon. My mom was a very safe driver so I learned from the best. I logged more hours behind the wheel than any other kid ever had in my school drivers ed class. I aced all of my drive tests in class and for my drivers licence. I got a 130% A+++ in drivers ed. I came from a car family and my brother is also involved in competitive (the legal kind at a raceway) driving.
So, because I was a good kid my dad bought me a car and I was able to get my licence 1 day after turning 16. This was back before there were any restrictive laws for fresh drivers. We didn't have to have another licenced adult in the car and could have as many people with us as we wanted.
From the first day I got my licence, with all of my awesome driving skills, lessons, traffic safety classes and supposed common sense... I drove like a crazy person. Sure, I was a great driver, but stupid. I think within the first month a managed 133 mph. thank GOD I didn't go off the road at those speeds. So, I thought this new toy was great. I drove anyplace and everyplace and as soon as I was out of city limits I went like a bat out of hell. One night, myself a 3 friends were screwing around before a football game. Luckily I had enough sense to ALWAYS make my passengers wear a seatbelt. All 3 of my passenger that day and myself had our belts on. And that is the only reason I am here to type this. I was fishtailing (for fun) on a dirt road and lost control. I'd done it plenty by myself and handled my car well. It wasn't quite the same with the weight of 3 more people and loud music. I paniced and fliped (yes, flipped not rolled) into the ditch. We're all alive and well today. For most kids that wouldn't have been enough to curb stupid driving. For me it was. Since that very day I have not knowingly gone more than 5 over the speed limit unless passing a slow vechile. I have not gotten any tickets, violations, or been pulled over for my driving. That was in 2000. Now, while I'm glad I had that wake up call I can't say that it would have been enough for other kids. Make sure your child KNOWS it can happen to them. I was a bright kid who made good decisions and this one still bit me in the butt. Thank goodness it did when I was only going 38mph. And always, always, always remind your child that even good drivers need to wear seatbelts because there are crazy people out there on the road who drive I like did when I was 16.
Ok, so that isn't to scare you. I just promised myself I'd be living proof for young drivers. It may make me sound bad or like I was some selffish teen but, if it saves someone I don't care how it makes me look. I drive great now and have for the last 8 years so I can be an example of both a bad driver and a good driver. Also, insurance is a life saver!