Teaching our teens how to drive

Teaching our teens how to drive

There are 31 comments on the Newsday story from Jul 13, 2008, titled Teaching our teens how to drive. In it, Newsday reports that:

Kerry Stauber watched with a smile as her 17-year-old son Zach peeled around the parking lot of the Nassau Coliseum in her Lexus sedan Sunday.

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P1 L0 Plus 2

Port Washington, NY

#1 Jul 13, 2008
Nothing like track and solo experience to improve street driving judgment.
Evil Knievel

New York, NY

#3 Jul 14, 2008
Nevermind experience. Here's a few tips.
- Don't drink and drive
- Don't cell phone and drive
- Don't jump yellow lights, stop signs, etc.
- Speed kills
Since You Asked

New Canaan, CT

#4 Jul 14, 2008
Evil Knievel wrote:
Nevermind experience. Here's a few tips.
- Don't drink and drive
- Don't cell phone and drive
- Don't jump yellow lights, stop signs, etc.
- Speed kills
Right! But you left out Don't text-message and drive. How many idiots have you seen doing that behind the wheel?

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Since: Dec 07

(J)ust (E)nd (T)he (S)eason

#5 Jul 14, 2008
do not watch NASCAR

Since: Jun 08

Brooklyn, NY

#6 Jul 14, 2008
How many of these kids are going to try these tricks on the road just for fun?
Asleep at the switch

Port Washington, NY

#7 Jul 14, 2008
Evil Knievel wrote:
Nevermind experience. Here's a few tips.
- Don't drink and drive
- Don't cell phone and drive
- Don't jump yellow lights, stop signs, etc.
- Speed kills
Are you listening, all you self-important LI parents?
liner

Bronx, NY

#8 Jul 14, 2008
Interesting that the two examples they gave are a 17 yo in mommys Lexus and a 16 yo in the family BMW station wagon. Doesn't anybody own a rusty old Toyota like me?
fotoguy

Syosset, NY

#9 Jul 14, 2008
Yeah, this is really good until they drive off on their own where all hell breaks loose
Try this

Fairfield, CT

#10 Jul 14, 2008
Keep your speed undercontrol. Especially on side streets and in residential neighborhoods. You will never hit a pedestrian on the SS Pkwy, or a child, or a house full of people, or run a red light or stop sign. This is where I think many accidents happen and are not paid as much attention to. Most people only talk about how fast people drive on the parkways. That's second in my opinion.
Moron Patrol

Bayonne, NJ

#11 Jul 14, 2008
The best way to teach your kids to drive safely is to do it yourself. If your kid is a passenger in your car their whole life and you drive like an idiot I have a news flash for you. Your kid is going to drive like an idiot.
was a NYer

Asheville, NC

#12 Jul 14, 2008
Sounds like a great program wish they had it when my eldest started to drive.

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Since: Mar 08

Anytown USA

#13 Jul 14, 2008
Evil Knievel wrote:
Nevermind experience. Here's a few tips.
- Don't drink and drive
- Don't cell phone and drive
- Don't jump yellow lights, stop signs, etc.
- Speed kills
My father added the all important "If you do I will break your legs" part.
tired of it

Andover, NJ

#14 Jul 14, 2008
Great idea, Good for The Tire Rack people So long as the kids don't walk away thinking they can do this on the roads now.

My Dad took me up to an empty shopping center (When stores were closed on Sundays) when I was a kid to slip around in the snow. I did the same for my kids when they were learning. Of course empty areas are almost impossible to find now. The State gave them their license BUT they had t opass the Dad Test before they left the house behind the wheel. It's called Parental Responsibility.
Evil Knievel

New York, NY

#15 Jul 14, 2008
Since You Asked wrote:
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Right! But you left out Don't text-message and drive. How many idiots have you seen doing that behind the wheel?
Since a cell phone is multi-functional these days (talk, text, internet, mp3, games) it was implied.

I've seen people cell phoning while smoking and drinking Starbuck's while driving, all at the same time. I guess they used to be circus jugglers and are able to steer with their knees.
hooray

Huntington Station, NY

#16 Jul 14, 2008
Don't take Drivers Ed at West Hempstead HS
Evil Knievel

New York, NY

#17 Jul 14, 2008
Asleep at the switch wrote:
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Are you listening, all you self-important LI parents?
Long Island parents are suffering from acute cases of 'delusional entitlement'...

My kids are entitled to drive as they wish
(read: drunk, fast, wreckless)

My kids are entitled to a good education
(read: keep raising our school taxes as high as you can)

My kids are entitled to live a better life then I did
(read: no rules, no consequences)

My kids are entitled to stay out/up late any night they wish
(read: so what they fall asleep during school and failed their sat's because I bought their fake ids to get them into the bars. raising our school taxes will fix that)

get it ?
HarleyRider

Colnbrook, UK

#18 Jul 14, 2008
The way most kids drive these days, especially on the parkways, I think they learned from Grand Theft Auto, or other video games.
Just Saying

Laurel, MD

#19 Jul 14, 2008
My almost 17 year old daughter is taking driver's ed now. Her teacher began the class by showing them pictures of fatal crashes involving teens, and asking them why he should allow them to drive on his roads. He definitely made an impression! It's a 6 week program, and she attends class every day for an hour and a half, and drives 3 days a week. Then she has to pass the toughest test, driving with me!
Seriously

Springfield, VA

#20 Jul 14, 2008
Evil Knievel wrote:
<quoted text>
Long Island parents are suffering from acute cases of 'delusional entitlement'...
My kids are entitled to drive as they wish
(read: drunk, fast, wreckless)
My kids are entitled to a good education
(read: keep raising our school taxes as high as you can)
My kids are entitled to live a better life then I did
(read: no rules, no consequences)
My kids are entitled to stay out/up late any night they wish
(read: so what they fall asleep during school and failed their sat's because I bought their fake ids to get them into the bars. raising our school taxes will fix that)
get it ?
Apples don't come off pear trees-
Are you kidding me

AOL

#21 Jul 14, 2008
tired of it wrote:
Great idea, Good for The Tire Rack people So long as the kids don't walk away thinking they can do this on the roads now.
My Dad took me up to an empty shopping center (When stores were closed on Sundays) when I was a kid to slip around in the snow. I did the same for my kids when they were learning. Of course empty areas are almost impossible to find now. The State gave them their license BUT they had t opass the Dad Test before they left the house behind the wheel. It's called Parental Responsibility.
I think some of the parents should go back to driver's ed as well. Driving starts with the parents and some of them are no so great in the driving area to be teaching their kids to drive. You know, like mother, like daughter, like father, like son.

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