Teens

Graduated Licensing: Does It Defer The Recklessness Of Youth?
Graduated Licensing: Does It Defer The Recklessness Of Youth?

While a decade or more ago, teens were dreaming of the day they'd turn 16, get their first wheels, and be more social, today's teens are already connected and social at all hours—and perhaps more concerned with getting their next smartphone. Increasingly, teenagers are forgoing licenses...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Survey: Teens Admit To Distracted Driving And Know It's Risky

Teens know that talking, texting, and eating while driving are among many dangerous distractions. Despite that, the majority of teens do them, at least occasionally, anyway. According to a new survey conducted by Seventeen magazine and AAA, nearly nine of ten drivers (86 percent) have driven while...Read More»

Teen driving
Trends: Fewer Teens Buying Cars, Younger Motorists Driving Less

It's the peak of summer-job season. And while in the past savings from teens' summer jobs used to often go towards buying a first used car, today it's more likely to go be used for a smartphone, and young drivers are more likely to share the family car—a safer option, anyway—or stay out of the...Read More»

Teen driving
Teen Girls Say They Drive Faster Than Boys And Text More Too

Teenage boys are the most dangerous drivers on the road. Right? Well, they still have higher accident rates than teenage girls. But in a new survey, the girls say they speed more often, and text while driving at higher rates than the boys. The youth-research firm TRU Research conducted the study a...Read More»

Fatalities per mile driven by age, from FiveThirtyEight.com, DoT data analyzed by IIHS
Teen Drivers Die In Crashes. Old Folks Too. Who's Feared Most?

Did you see the recent Hyundai ad that touts the safety of its new 2011 Sonata by playing on your fear of out-of-control teens behind the wheel? It cites the statistic that 3 million young adults will get new drivers' licenses each year--over a clip of a young woman being launched into the air on a...Read More»

Thumb Wars - "thumb socks" texting and driving PSA
Thumb Socks Wage War Against Texting While Driving

Most of us adults--and teen drivers--now know that texting while driving is bad news. Yet about three fourths of all teens admit to texting while driving, even though the practice is banned for all drivers in 23 states in addition to the District of Columbia. And that's not even considering the...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
New Jersey Serious About Ticketing Handheld Talking, Texting

When New Jersey tells you not to use a handheld cellphone to talk or text while driving, they mean it. In the 23 months since New Jersey's ban of talking or texting on handheld cellphones, police have written 224,725 citations, according to the NJ Star-Ledger—adding up to about four percent of...Read More»

Teen driving
Parents: 'Cell Cease' App Prevents Your Kids From Texting And Driving

Given all the news about distracted driving -- especially the problem of teens and their tendency to text behind the wheel -- it was only a matter of time before someone came out with a solution. And now, as they say, there's an app for that: Cell Cease. Cell Cease uses the GPS built into many...Read More»

Taylor Swift and Kristen Wiig
Video: Taylor Swift Complains About Your Parents' Driving

Apart from her music, we don't have anything against Taylor Swift. In fact, we felt pretty bad about that whole VMA thing with Kanye and Beyonce and the Henny and the internet meme that just wouldn't die. However, after seeing Taylor on Saturday Night Live last weekend, we're beginning to wonder if...Read More»

Monitoring lights for drivers (from GreenRoad)
New Ways To Watch Your Teen Driver, Courtesy Of GreenRoad

Back in the 18th century, British philosopher Jeremy Bentham came up with a nifty way to keep prisoners in line: as long as the incarcerated thought they were being watched, they behaved, even if they couldn't see the guards. The same "big brother" philosophy has been used ad nauseam since then...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Study: Laws Restricting Texting Aren't Deterring Teens

A new study finds that state laws banning driving while texting doesn't actually correspond to lower confessed rates of the activity in that state—especially among the youngest drivers. Part of it looks due to misinformation. Nearly 36 percent of respondents didn't know whether or not driving...Read More»

Teen driving
Don’t Get Your Teen Driver A Car—Sharing Is Safer

At one time, perhaps a generation ago, some experts preached that car ownership for teen drivers was one of the best strategies for emphasizing responsibility and accountability. If teens had to manage maintenance and other costs for their own vehicle, the logic went, they would be more likely to...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer chassis in the camouflaging process
Spoiled Teen Is REALLY Unhappy With His First Truck

The teen years aren't easy ones. Most of us are crippled by peer pressure, the desire to fit in, and endless waves of surging hormones. As a result, teenagers can be jerks, especially to their parents. Take for example this young man (we'll call him Stephen, since that's what his parents call him)...Read More»

2007 Honda CR-Z Concept
2007 Honda CR-Z Concept

Like many Tokyo Motor Show concept vehicles, the Honda CR-Z is meant to give viewers a sense of what’s to come. In this case, the sleek little coupe – reminiscent of Honda’s classic CRX – provides a hint of “the new direction for our next-generation sports car,” suggested CEO Takeo...Read More»

2007 Honda Puyo Concept
2007 Honda Puyo Concept

The name is not quite lost in translation. Honda’s Puyo is an onomatopoeia that the automaker says, “expresses the sensation of touching the vehicle’s soft body.” Don’t worry. We don’t know of any laws you might break by stroking the Puyo’s soft gel body, though we think it may be an...Read More»

2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP
2006 Los Angeles Auto Show, Part III

2006 Los Angeles Show Index by TCC Team (1/4/2006) Solstice Goes Turbo Though it’s barely begun to satisfy pent-up demand for the hot new Pontiac Solstice roadster, General Motors will add a second, high-performance version to the lineup. The turbocharged Solstice GXP will bump horsepower to 260...Read More»

2004 Ford Shelby GR-1 concept
2005 Detroit Auto Show, Part III

2005 Detroit Auto Show Index by TCC Team (1/8/2005) Benz’ Cordes Takes Charge, Responsibility This year’s Detroit show produced many firsts — among them, the first press conference for auto show audiences by Dr. Eckhard Cordes, the new head of the Mercedes Group. Cordes, in a rambling press...Read More»

DIY Hoverwing. Image via The Nelson Mail.
Week of June 26, 2000

GM TO BUILD NEW MICHIGAN PLANTDC: FIRST FUEL-CELL PRODUCTSUNOCAL CLAIMS INNOCENCEGM KEEPS TRUCKIN’TEENS RIDING WITH TEENS: RISKYFORD MOTOR AND TOYOTA WIN IN LATEST CRASH TESTSDC WILL BUILD VANGM: SPECIAL ORDER CARS TAKING OFFTEAMSTERS AND UAW LOOKING GREENOPEL WORKERS BACK ON THE JOB GM TO BUILD...Read More»

Soviet-era ekranoplan
Ramblings for Feb. 14, 2000

Underdogs rule at Daytona’s 24 hours The whole world loves the underdog, and great drama accompanies the triumph of an unexpected winner. A few times in the history of 24-hour races a car from one of the lesser classes has won overall, but in the past those victories have been diminished by small...Read More»

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