Letting your kids drive the car? (Teenagers specifically)

Are you going to let your teenager drive your Tesla? I'm letting my 16 year old son use it to drive to school occasionally, at night when he wants to go out, and during the weekend when I don't need it. Thoughts?

I'll let my 18 year old drive it to his senior prom. Outside of that no so much. In fact I bought a used Honda civic for my three kids to learn to drive with years go. My oldest is 24 now' youngest is 18. I'll replace the civic with my 03 accord when I get my S. the civic is in pretty rough shape all around while my accord is without a scratch. Point being, kids will scrape and scratch if not wreck a car as they learn. Best to have them learn on a car that I don't need to drive to work daily.

you must have a lot of money

IMHO... NO WAY ON EARTH would I allow a teenager to drive a car this powerful!!!!

It's cool if you trust you kid with a $100k+ car, however, this car is FAR too powerful and distracting for a teenage mind and reflexes to handle (even more so if it's the performance version). When I was a teen driver, I had a small four-banger (maybe 100 HP) junker car, and TRUST ME, I drove like a bat-out-of-hell crazy nut in it. If I could have gotten it to go to 150 MPH, I would have done it in a heartbeat!

The average teenage mind also can't comprehend life consequences, like a seasoned adult mind can. Thus, the reason why teenagers will try things without forethought, unlike an adult mind that knows better.

Again, this is just IMHO (I don't know your child, and his worldly experiences), however, if he is anything like my once teenage mind, I would NEVER do it if you remotely care about his life, and your Tesla.

I love you, but there is no way it will happen! Not for another 6 years at least!!

I know what I did as a teenager... So the answer is NO!

I agree with all the above. No way will my teen drive this car. Aside from safety issues mentioned, consider what you're teaching your kids. If they have access to a car like this when they're just a kid, what does the future hold? What will he/she dream of and work for? What will it take to bring him joy later in life? Because you can bet it won't be buying that first brand new Honda, Toyota, whatever. Let them be thankful for the little things and dream of their own Tesla...someday.

I'll let my oldest drive it when he turns 16.
He has 8 years to dream of that day and by then there will be a new and improved tesla in the garage that will be on lock down.

I would never let my teenager drive any car that I own... ever.

I totaled my dads car and so did my brother when we were teenagers. It just happens... mistakes etc. We were not bad kids.

My kid is not a teen yet, but he'll have to have an inexpensive car to drive.

I gather the answers within this thread also will depend on a persons wealth. If I have more disposable income I might consider it.

I recall having a lack of common sense and also lacking a sense of my own mortality at that age so.... No way
Might as well give the kid a loaded glock 9 and a fifth of whiskey

One drive with my 18 year old son proved enough for me. Never by himself - he was far to fascinated on how fast the Model S could accelerate.

I am surprised by the responses. Of course I am going to allow my children to drive my wife’s “S.”
However, my wife may have a different opinion.

I keep getting scenes from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" reading this discussion. I will likely eventually let my daughter drive the car at times (she has 18 months accident free in a Prius at this point)

In this day and age it must be possible to set the performance level allowed with different key fobs. Has this ever been done?

Hell no.

I let my 16 year old son drive my S...... and then I woke up screaming!

I can imagine that letting a daughter to drive is way more easier than letting son to drive. I think it's in human nature that male youngsters are quite a lot more eager to "push the limits" than females. This creates the phenomenon that male drivers are usually more skilled (due more vigorous self-learning), but if you look at accident statistics you find out that female drives drive less accidents. (generally speaking, there are exceptions in both parties)

So: daughter, yes, son, no.

Timo, and now explain this to your son! :-P

Till the early 20s, at least, the frontal lobes are overgrown, and "trimming down to size" as they learn the ropes. That includes impulse control, planning, envisaging the future, abstract and philosophical perspectives, social identity and responsibility, and much more. The limits are defined and discovered and explored by smashing into them.

The age - accident negative correlation is not just "experience", it's wiring.


And you will keep the daughter from letting her boyfriend(s) have the wheel for a while -- how?


I would never give such a powerful car to a kid. I know how I was driving at the age of 18, and at 29 I`m still not sure if I`m old enough to drive the Model S.........

No problem! My kids are in their forties.

You riding, or waving?

Son: the car is too fast
Daughter: backseat is too big

Valet Mode??????

First of all, of course I'd let my kids drive the car... they currently drive my Porsche 911 S cab on occasion.

Secondly, seems to me it would be easy for Tesla to add a 'slow' mode to the electronics thereby limiting the power output to simulate a 200hp sedan. This would need a passcode to override, or maybe just recognize which key is currently being used...


That is exactly what Tesla did to the MS's that we test drove for the 'Amped Up' Tour. The car was limited to an 80 MPH top speed. I hope that they offer this in a software update.

@Brian H, was thinking of waving, but riding works too. Maybe app with web-camera pointing at driver, and if it shows anybody else than daughter then ban right to drive it ever again. Perhaps to whole car so that if there is anything else going on "shotgun" gets yet another meaning.

My son's a great driver, but he is only 19. I'll let him drive it (with me in the car) when I'm ready, whatever year that might be.

Every time I read about a teen driving a muscle car and dying in a car crash I feel both anger and pity for the parent who gave him/her access to that car. Anger, because the parent should know what Brian H said above, and pity because that parent will be in pain for the rest of his life as a result of his poor judgement.