No one can say that parenting is easy, in fact, I think most would say that it’s pretty hard. When you have a child, your needs and wants come second to your child’s, and you have to spend the next eighteen years keeping them safe, and on the straight and narrow. Because of this, it can be scary when your child starts to grow up and become more independent, especially when they’re old enough to get their own vehicle and drive themselves around. Lots of teens want cars, but plenty would prefer a motorcycle. If yours is one such teen, you should be educated on the pros and cons before making any decisions for your child.
Pro – Cheaper To Buy & Run
One of the biggest advantages of a motorcycle to teens is that it’s cheaper to buy and run. Even if you intended to buy them a vehicle for their birthday, they would still have to fuel it and pay for insurance and repairs, all of which are much more expensive when you’re talking about a car. Of course, you could chip in now and then, but this teaches your child nothing about independence and responsibility. A motorcycle is much more manageable and could be run with the wages from a part-time job or an allowance.
Con – Potentially Dangerous
Most parents are scared of motorcycles because of how dangerous they seem to be. Bikes don’t have the framework that cars have to protect the driver, so when they are involved in an accident, riders can be seriously hurt. Of course, you don’t want to be visiting hospitals, motorcycle lawyers, or worse, so it’s understandable that you wouldn’t want your child to have a bike. Despite this, if your teen has heard and understood the risks, and still wants a bike, you should respect their choice.
Pro – Easier To Park
One of the most difficult things to master when learning how to drive is parallel parking. With a bike, this isn’t too much of an issue, as it’s much easier to maneuver a motorcycle into a car parking space than a car. In fact, having a motorcycle reduces the stress of parking altogether, as you can park a bike pretty much anywhere, and can usually find somewhere free to do this, which will save your teen even more money.
Con – Exposed To The Elements
As I’ve already mentioned, motorcycles don’t have the framework that cars have, and they also don’t have a roof or windows. This means that your child is going to be exposed to the wind, rain, snow, and sun whenever they go out. In addition to this, it is much more difficult to drive a motorcycle in wet and icy conditions than it is a car. Once again, this can make any parent fret, but as long as your child understands the drawbacks and risks, they should be allowed to make their own decision.
Most parents would rather their child have a car than a bike, but you have to understand that your little one is no longer little and has to make their own decisions now, including on what vehicle they want. All you can do is show them the pros and cons above, so that they are informed, and know what they’re getting themselves into.