Gauge - Tipped CartWhen my daughter was 10-years old, I thought she was ready to drive our golf cart.

So, with some obvious instruction and a whole lot of faith, I sent her on her way for a short ride around our 2 acres in the country. Minutes later she returned, on foot, only to announce that the golf cart was “not working.”

As I followed her around to the back of the house, I should not have been surprised to see that she had (in her words) “parked” the golf cart on top of a bush the size of a Buick! The wheels were actually off the ground preventing it from “working” properly, I mean, at all.

The second time she drove it, she ran into a trampoline. Silly me. I thought she could handle this. Not! Maybe she can try again when she is 37.

Here is my point; driving and dating take a lot of maturity, knowledge and quick thinking to stay safe. I should have ridden in the golf cart with her, not just handed the keys to her and hope she knew what she was doing. Fortunately, she didn’t do any permanent damage. I’m smarter now and know the risks for teens in both driving and dating which is why I developed this “Readiness Gauge.” There is a big difference between 13 and 19; not all teens are created equal! There is a ton to learn about relationships over your lifetime so to give you the healthiest start this test was designed with you in mind!

Have fun and keep an open mind. This is all about you!

Your willingness to participate runs parallel with your ability to handle a dating relationship. In addition, your willingness to let your parents and 5 trusted friends evaluate you by taking this test is also an indication of your readiness. How you answer these question will determine whether or not the parents of the person you have in mind to date will hand over their most prized possession.

Think of it this way, if they wouldn’t trust you to drive their car, they probably won’t trust you to date their child.

So buckle up and pay attention – this is a test…