Will Smith “Made a Real Mistake” Having Alfonso Ribeiro Teach His Oldest Son Trey How to Drive

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Will Smith said it was a "real mistake" having his Fresh Prince of Bel-Air costar Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton) teach his oldest son Trey how to drive -- find out the funny story! Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images

But can he dance? Will Smith told Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday, Feb. 25, that his technique at good parenting backfired when he asked his Fresh Prince of Bel-Air costar Alfonso Ribeiro to teach his oldest son Trey how to drive.

The Focus actor, 46, first explained on Jimmy Kimmel Live how his second oldest child, Jaden, recently turned 16 and got his learner's permit. "We have the little golf carts," Smith said of teaching the kids how to drive. "I always took the kids when they were little to learn, so he already had the sense."

However, the same story was not applicable to Trey, his son with ex-wife Sheree Zampino. "I made a real mistake with my oldest son — he's 22 now," Smith recalled. "When he got his driver's license when he was 16, I was like, 'Imma do some good parenting with this.'"

In his mind, that meant calling his old pal Ribeiro, who played the type A, always-responsible Carlton Banks on Fresh Prince. "So Alfonso Ribeiro, Carlton… He had always done racing," the proud dad noted. "He had done the Long Beach Grand Prix… I wanted Trey to learn how to drive like a real driver! So Trey goes and he takes all the lessons, and he learns how to catch the car if it drifts and slides."

His grand scheme, however, was a bust. "Then, I get a call from the pastor of the church," Smith shared, "that he was doing donuts in the church parking lot! This is a lesson to the parents: Do not educate your kids."

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Jada Pinkett Smith, Trey Smith and Will Smith Bryan Steffy/WireImage

Years down the line, Uncle Will might have to return the favor as Ribeiro is currently expecting his second child with wife Angela Unkrich. The DWTS winner attended Tuesday's Hollywood premiere of Focus with his pregnant wife, and updated Us Weekly and other reporters on how they're prepping.

"I do whatever [my wife] tells me,” Ribeiro, 43, told Us. "I do whatever she tells me. It's her birthday today. So this morning, a little breakfast in bed, that kind of stuff, just to take care of her, do the things that we’re supposed to do."

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