Tag: teens

43 Posts

Teens getting drivers licenses
Nov 18, 2016

Vanishing Rite of Passage: Getting Your License at 16

Jim Motavalli

In the dark days before smartphones, getting road legal was everything for teenagers who wanted a social life.

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should i spend another two grand on a twenty-year-old car
Sep 13, 2016

When Is a Newer Car a Better Fit for a New Driver?

Dear Car Talk

Gordon's faithful old Toyota needs some pricey repairs before he hands the keys to his teen granddaughter. Should he go to the shop or car lot?

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can using premium gas cause a head gasket to blow
Aug 11, 2016

Is Using the Wrong Kind of Gas Causing Blown Head Gaskets?

Dear Car Talk

Does Maureen's granddaughter have a problem with gasoline--or her foot on the gas?

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is there a safe classic car for a new driver
May 10, 2016

Classic or "Modern Classic" for a New Driver?

Dear Car Talk

Nancy's daughter wants a classic for her first car. How old can it be and still have some safety features?

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May 09, 2016

The Safest State for Teen Drivers? Can You Believe It's Massachusetts?

Jim Motavalli

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for American teenagers, but Massachusetts is bucking the trend. How? Strict regulation of how kids get their tickets to ride. The safest states delay full licensing, require lots of on-the-road training, and limit how many partying friends can ride along.

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Should kids learn to drive automatic or manual
Feb 25, 2016

Should Kids Learn to Drive on a Manual or an Automatic?

Dear Car Talk

Karen learned to drive on a manual transmission and thinks it made her a better driver. But is it safer to teach kids on an automatic? Car Talk's advice, here.

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Mar 23, 2015

Big Daddy (and Mommy) Are Watching: The 2016 Malibu Offers Built-In Teen Safety

Jim Motavalli

Debuting at the New York Auto Show, the new Chevrolet Malibu turns off the radio if young drivers don't buckle up, keeps stats on on-road behavior, and all but slaps the cuffs on, for speeding.

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Device to inhibit speeding
Dec 30, 2014

Teen Drivers: You Are Being Watched

Dear Car Talk

John is teaching his nephew how to drive wants to buy a speed inhibiting device, like the kind used in commercial fleets. The problem? Nobody seems to make these for the Honda Civic. Car Talk has another idea: An electric nanny to make sure the kid knows he's being watched. 

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Convincing a teen to start driving
Jun 17, 2014

Teenage Daughter Won't Drive

Dear Car Talk

Lari's daughter is 19 but still has not gotten her driver's license. Tom and Ray say there are two schools of thought on motivating reluctant teens, the "Not My Problem" or the "Actual Parenting" schools. Who do you agree with?

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Jan 16, 2014

Brace Yourself: Teen Driving Habits Get Worse over Time

Guest Bloggers

A new study finds brand-new drivers are great at paying attention to the road...for the first few months, anyway.

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