Hey guys! So I have a little conflict here that I've been dealing with for a while. I've had my driving permit for about a year and one month now. I've practiced and practiced and honestly, I think I'm a perfectly fine driver. My mom, on the other hand, doesn't agree with me. She thinks I still need practice. Keep in mind that she is an advocate for carseat safety, a retired firefighter/EMT, etc...she's a very good driver and knows a lot. Then again, she's also a very controlling/non-passive parent. Over the course of having my permit, I've made a few small mistakes every once in a while, just like how everyone does. No one starts off as a perfect driver (not that that should be used as an excuse, either). I've never made any major mistakes though. For example, one time I pulled into a parking spot and barely nudged the front curb by mistake by not stopping quick enough. And when I say barely, I really do mean BARELY. Yet she freaked out and to this day holds it against me and claims it to be a reason for me not being ready to get my license, even though this occurred early on when I first got my permit. She also claims that I hesitate at the light sometimes, like if the light goes from red to green, I'll be distracted by something and not go "quickly enough"...in reality, this has only happened a few times and I might've hesitated a second or two. Still, she holds it against me as a reason for me to not get my license. Another thing is in the beginning, for a little while I had a problem with the right on red concept and intersections. A couple times I almost pulled out in front of someone because it was a 4-way intersection and I thought it was my turn to go. I stopped on time and nothing happened, and since then I've made sure to correct myself and I no longer have a problem with intersections. Which is good, right? You're suppose to learn from your mistakes, right? I learned from that and it made me a better driver. But despite that, she STILL holds it against me and claims that I'm not ready for my license. One last thing; I'm awful with directions. I'm still learning my way around without having to ask how to get somewhere. Knowing where you're going definitely helps you be a better driver, but I don't think not always knowing your way around town should be a deciding factor when considering whether someone's ready to get their license or not. But apparently she thinks so; whenever I'm unsure of how to get somewhere, or need a reminder of which road to take, she gets upset and claims that that's why I shouldn't get my license. Other than that, I can drive fine. In fact, I'd say I'm just as good or better than most of the people at my school who have their licenses. And I'm not saying that to brag at all. Most of my friends have their licenses and they're younger than me. I'm a legal adult, so I could send in for it and borrow a friend's car if I really wanted to. One of my friends said she'd let me use hers. My older sister had to do this, without my mom knowing, because my mom did the same thing to her when she had her license. My mom wasn't happy, and wouldn't let my sister be on her insurance. She told my sister she would have to pay for her own insurance if she wanted her own car, JUST because my sister went to get her license against my mom's wishes. Keep in mind, my sister is a perfectly fine driver too. My mom said that if I did the same thing, I'd have to pay for my own insurance and basically wouldn't help me with anything. I sat down with her and had a whole talk about it and explained why I think I'm ready to get it. She was still completely against it and simply said that I couldn't let me send in for it with her support until she felt that I was ready. I have no clue when she'll think I'm ready, so basically I'm waiting around on her schedule. She hasn't even been letting me practice lately and I'm getting nowhere. I really want my license because not only do I want a state ID now that I'm a legal adult (I don't want to pay money for the state ID without the license and then have to pay more money when I eventually get my license, because I'd just end up spending extra and I don't really want to do that), but I also want to be able to drive myself to work and earn money. I've never had a job because my mom wouldn't let me because I had no way of getting there; she's always busy with work so I can't depend on her to drive me all the time. She has an extra car that I could use to drive myself if only I had my license. I told her I'd even pay for gas myself. I just feel like she's being very irresponsible as a parent for not letting me be independent when she has no reason other than her own worries and fears not to. I get good grades in school, I've never gotten into bad stuff, I've always just done what I'm told and I've given her no reason to hold me back. She's just so caught up in work and won't even consider to give me a chance. Everyone starts off at point zero at some point, everyone has to learn from their mistakes. But she's just not letting me do that! She keeps nagging at me about how I need to be more independent and get a job and all that, but she's holding me back and I'm getting no where under her time and schedule. My last resort is to just take matters into my own hands, do what my older sister did and send in for my license myself, against my mom's will. I could easily do it, I'd just have to face the consequences of her taking away my phone and internet and making me pay for my own insurance. Sorry that was so long, I just really need some advice on what to do. And I guess I just needed to rant a little. If anyone could please help me out, it'd be greatly appreciated! Thanks!