Crashproof Your Kids: Make Your Teen a Safer, Smarter Driver

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 1, 2007 - Transportation - 304 pages
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BEFORE YOU EVEN THINK ABOUT HANDING YOUR TEENS THE CAR KEYS, DO EVERYONE A BIG FAVOR: CRASHPROOF THEM!

Every year, six million sons and daughters will become first-time drivers. Fifty-eight percent of them will be involved in a car accident within a year of getting their license, and a significant portion of these crashes will be fatal. But here's the good news: research has shown that car crashes can be reduced by up to 30 percent when you, the parent, are actively involved in your teen's instruction and set certain limits.

In Crashproof Your Kids, certified driving instructor and dad Timothy Smith has combined the collective wisdom of numerous experts to develop the Crashproof Plan: a series of behind-the-wheel exercises designed to improve your teen's driving awareness, behavior, and skill in a way that fits your schedule. Written in a highly accessible, informal, and often humorous style, this comprehensive plan begins where drivers' education programs end, and includes:

• A step-by-step plan to develop your teen's braking, car control, and defensive driving skills

• How to handle road emergencies and basic car maintenance

• Tips on helping your teen deal with dangerous distractions, including peer pressure and the use of alcohol and drugs

• The Crashproof Contract, which outlines the expectations, responsibilities, and rules of the road for both the teen and the parent

You'll get plenty of help on how to communicate vital driving concepts to your teen, and you'll laugh, learn, and sympathize with stories from parents who have already been there. Crashproof Your Kids is an essential resource for any parents wanting to help their teenagers successfully navigate the single most dangerous activity they'll ever undertake.
 

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Contents

The Starting Line
5
You Are the Role Model
18
Teaming with Your Teen
26
A Dozen Reminders before You Buckle Up
44
The Crashproof Plan
53
Connect with Your Tires
65
Start Your Engines
71
Going Backward
82
Hazardous Driving Situations
173
A Master Disaster Plan
184
Reducing Risky Behaviors
193
Sharing the Road
194
Going Fast
202
Effective Ways to Answer the Anger
207
Dangerous Distractions
213
Disabling Substances
222

Protect Your Bubble
91
Stop It Braking Skills for Life
100
Getting Comfortable
112
Intersections
118
Making the Familiar New
125
Vehicle Balance and Following Distance
133
Increasing the Challenge
142
Freeway Strategies
143
Urban Driving
151
Running Off the Road and Returning Safely
157
Skids and Spins
161
10 Tips to Help CrashproofYour Teen
165
The Homestretch
235
The Crashproof Contract
238
Advanced Driving Schools and Programs
246
Selecting a Vehicle
251
Tracking Your Teen
263
The Checkered Flag
268
Appendix
273
Useful Organizations
279
Acknowledgments
281
Index
283
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About the author (2007)

Timothy C. Smith is a certified driving instructor, SCCA-licensed racer,
and award-winning author. He lives with his wife and his three teenagers in suburban Chicago. Visit him at www.crashproofyourkids.com.

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