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A listing of my most recent posts. For the full list, please refer to the Archives

Parents Trusting Teens With Fun That Can Be Dangerous

Parents Trusting Teens With Fun That Can Be Dangerous

I have had a knot in my stomach ever since I read about the 16 year old girl from Greenwich, Connecticut who was killed this past Wednesday while “tubing” — getting pulled on an inner tube by a powerboat — on Long Island Sound. The girl was struck by the boat’s propeller after she fell off her tube and the boat driver went back to pick her up.

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The President and Mrs. Obama Now Have a Teen Driver

The President and Mrs. Obama Now Have a Teen Driver

In case you missed it, Huffington Post Parents published “7 Absolute Truths” about being a Dad, provided by the First Dad himself.  Number 2 is about Malia having just turned 16, and her parents looking ahead to teaching her to drive.   Yes, I have sent the... read more
My Open Letter To New Teen Drivers, As a Two-Page PDF

My Open Letter To New Teen Drivers, As a Two-Page PDF

Some of you have seen my “Open Letter” to new teen drivers that was published by AOL Autos on its Autoblog on July 22 (not coincidentally, Reid’s 25th birthday).  We now have permission to reprint it, so it is attached as a tidy two-page PDF.  Feel free to use or... read more

My “Open Letter” to Teens Getting a Driver’s License

My friend Sharon Carty, Editor of AOL Autos, gave me a wonderful opportunity to turn my focus from parents to teens by asking me to write an open letter to teens who are getting their driver’s license, telling them what I think they should know, and hope they will... read more
My NOYS Safe Teen Driving Interview

My NOYS Safe Teen Driving Interview

The National Organizations for Youth Safety, known as NOYS, has been a steadfast supporter of my safe teen driving work, both on this blog and my book Not So Fast  (Sandy Spavone, former NOYS Executive Director, wrote the Foreword to Not So Fast).  NOYS intern Emma... read more
Reid Would Have Turned 25 Today

Reid Would Have Turned 25 Today

Reid would have turned 25 today.  He died at age 17 in December 2006, the driver in a one-car crash, eleven months after getting his license.   During the past seven years, I have heard one question more than any other:  “It never goes away, does... read more
Teen Drivers In Not-So-Safe Cars:  A New IIHS Study

Teen Drivers In Not-So-Safe Cars: A New IIHS Study

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed a great public service with a new report saying that many teens drive cars that lack important safety features; identifying what features parents should look for if buying a car for teen; and ranking used... read more
Distinguishing Among Apps For Parents And Their Teen Drivers

Distinguishing Among Apps For Parents And Their Teen Drivers

Many of the largest insurance companies who insure teen drivers, and some technology companies as well, now have “apps” that parents may use to monitor their teen drivers.  Some of the insurers offer discounted premiums for families who install their app.  In general,... read more