5 safe driving tips for teens

Your 16-year-old and a driver's license -- is there a combination more fraught with worry for a parent? Make sure your kids are safe on the road.

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May 2, 2014 11:31AM
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Forget the teens, this advice should apply to the adults as well!
May 23, 2014 5:50PM
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Wow MSN, those were very enlightening. Never heard one of those common sense facts once before. Without you we'd have never known what to say to the kids. Whew.
May 23, 2014 6:56PM
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Want to teach your kid to be safe behind the wheel? Teach them to drive responsibly and defensive. Also, NO TEXTING.
May 23, 2014 6:40PM
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I always told my kids that when you were driving through a neighborhood to always imagine a kid or a pet would dart out in front of you.  Then, drive at a safe speed so you can stop in time.  It doesn't matter what the speed limit is, drive with extra caution through neighborhoods.
May 1, 2014 9:16PM
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And bug the car, there is a computer interface that allows to to download driver information such as speed, braking and locations during it use. And options like On Star let you find your car when you can not find your kid and can even shut the car down so it cannot be moved. Hey I just saying what you can do, my method was simpler I trained them well and trusted them. But we all know that is not always the case.
May 23, 2014 6:40PM
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I guess those of us who learned to drive in the 1950's weren't taught right.Our cars did not have any of the modern safety equipment,yet those of my friends who were killed in car accidents were either speeding,racing another car,or drinking or a combination of those.My point is if the child is properly trained,they have a better chance of surviving their teens.Of course no amount of training will completely protect anyone.How does one avoid a car that is traveling on the wrong side of a divided hiway at night with no lights?
May 23, 2014 5:49PM
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All excellent. However, what really, really makes an impression on your teen is to sit him (in our case) down, look him in the eye with your mean-business look and say: You are welcome to use the car anytime you need it. You know the driving rules, you know the curfew. You know if you break any of these rules, you no longer have use of the car. I do have to say, he had the use of our car until he was able to buy his own. We owe them a loving home that includes guidance, food, shelter, clothes & education. We do not owe them a car.
May 2, 2014 10:27AM
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Sad how wrong head you single moms and or parents are. You wrap you little ones in so much protective gear a soldier would love to have. You will not tolerate a mean word, a wrongful glance their way or the least amount of criticism of your precious little king or queens. Ditto in the school system where the union teacher lavish them with all kind of praise for well just being them. Then they hit 16 and you turn the little demons lose on the rest of us, In your 4k pound SUV. With the stereo at 100 ds blaring out the last "hit" gangsta rap tune, a can of beer or joint in one hand and of course that glued to their hand cell phone. Off they go, and you without a care in the world, and why should you, you don't have to meet them on the road. Thanks again for your gift to the rest of us drivers.
May 23, 2014 6:41PM
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Now that I'm older I completely agree with the manner in which my parents handled the family car situation.    I was NEVER allowed to drive the family car.  My parents bought me a brand new car when I graduated from college.   Strange isn't it - I made it thru all those years without an auto.   It was such a good deal I went on and got my Masters degree and then got the new car.
May 24, 2014 12:02AM
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In picture #2, the driver's hand's are in the 10 and 2 position, not good if your vehicle is airbag equipped.  The steering wheel pictured is designed for the 8 and 4 or 9 and 3 positions.  Serious injury can occur if your hands are positioned incorrectly on the steering wheel if the airbag deploys due to a collision. 
Jul 18, 2014 5:17PM
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There is one more Safe Driving Tip for Teens...head over to The Making of a Safe Driver.com to check out the book The Making of a Safe Driver....(Also look for an eBook on lulu.com or barnesandnoble.com)! It may just be the best $2.99 you'll ever spend!!!

May 25, 2014 9:34PM
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how are these specific to teens exactly? 
May 23, 2014 7:54PM
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Included in defensive driving should be being aware of what the driver in front of the one in front of you is doing also . Believe me your eyes and brain can cope with the task.   Sort of for warned is for armed.

Drex,

Jul 18, 2014 4:03PM
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I am suprised "take a driving course" is not on the list.   BMW, and SCCA sponsor Teen driving and Street Survival courses that go way above the High school drivers ed.

 

May 2, 2014 2:20PM
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One thing that was missed was driving the right car!

Many parents buy an inexpensive, old car for their teen or pass on a hand-me-down well past its prime. Likely, those do not have the latest safety features such as electronic stability control and side-curtain air bags that are especially important for young drivers

Buy a cheap car, but also a reliable, durable, and safe car!  

I drive a '02 Toyota Camry handed down from my father-in-law who bought it new. I do my own maintenance so there's minimal maintenance costs, no depreciation, low insurance ($25/month from 4AutoInsuranceQuote .. woohoo!) and registration costs, no car wash expenses (I park it outside when it's raining) and people think twice before trying to cut in front of me. 

It's a comfortable ride on the highway but is also nimble on dirt roads. I could easily afford a new car but then I'd have to fuss about dents, scratches, car washes and all those other costs. It's got a 3.1L V6 that achieves 30 mpg on the highway. As long as it continues to pass smog it's a keeper.  I think it would be a perfect car for teens.

May 23, 2014 8:32PM
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1. don't buy them a car for they don't know how to walk and use a phone at the same time

2. spoil your kids so they can run all over u like the idiot you are

3. u will never see them leave the house  for they have it to good now getting what they want

4. free money why work !!!

5. you deserve what u get now deal with it

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