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The Perfect Teen Car for Back to School

September 4th, 2013

Smart Fortwo, front

The arrival of September signals the departure of endless boat days, the end of steamy summer nights and, for nearly everyone, a reintroduction to the snooze button as school gets under way.

Not all of us go to school, of course, but odds are if we aren’t in school, we have kids who are dreading the idea of going back.

Parents of teens may have kids who have the ability, or at least the legal right, to drive themselves to school. This raises the question of what kind of vehicle they can be trusted with. For them I’d like to introduce the perfect back-to-school car.

Perfect, though, is just a matter of perspective…

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The Path Toward a Driverless Nation

August 10th, 2012

Google self-driving Lexus RX 450h

Thirty years ago, eight in 10 Americans ages 17-19 had a driver’s license. Today, it’s six in 10.

That’s the lead to a story at ScienceDaily, which goes on to give lots more stats about the decrease in licensed drivers in this country.

Many teens today don’t care whether they drive or not, and that percentage will probably just continue to drop. In today’s world, when kids can drive on Xbox and instantly connect to friends through technology, the need and desire to move about in the real world is diminishing.

While that’s great for the safety of America’s teenagers, it’s terrible for our car culture. In 20 years ask a guy about his first car, and he’s likely to respond, “A 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia, from GranTurismo on my old Xbox 360.”

Add Google’s self-driving cars to the mix, and car passion is at serious risk.

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Ferrari or Facebook? Teens Driving Less

December 12th, 2011
Ferris Bueller and the Ferrari GT California

Would Ferris today choose the Ferrari or Facebook?

When I was a teenager, I and all the other teens I knew waited with bated breath for our 16th birthday. That’s the day our parents let us skip school, took us to the local DMV and let us drive home with a brand-new driver’s license. From that day on our lives revolved around our cars. We’d drive to school, drive to friends’ houses, drive to movies on Friday nights and drive just for the sake of getting out to drive.

We watched “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and lived vicariously through his “sick day” and his joyride in a Ferrari GT California.

Driving wasn’t just a transportation tool for us, it defined us. It gave us freedom and our first real taste of adulthood.

Many of today’s teens aren’t experiencing that, which is too bad. But it’s also a blessing.

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