New Chevy Malibu gives parents driving report card

by Sharlyn Petit
  
As if grades on a school report card weren’t enough for students to fear, now the 2016 Chevy Malibu gives parents a driving report card after each teen trip. A special PIN-linked key triggers the Teen Driver monitoring system, which debuted at the 2015 New York International Auto...

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Distracted teen texter? There’s an app for that

by Sharlyn Petit
   I’m not sure when it happened, but the calendar flipped a page and suddenly I find myself grumbling, Oh, kids these days.
   
Then I notice professional sports stars and doctors with bios that reveal they’re barely out of their teenage years.
   
Then the worst, I date myself while...

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What happens in the 6 seconds before a teen driver crash?

by Sharlyn Petit
We know teens have the highest crash rate of any group in the United States. We’re used to hearing stories of inexperience, distractions, and speeding as the reasons behind teen crashes. But what actually happens in the moments before a crash?
   A recent study by the AAA Foundation...

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Issaquah teen injured in high-speed crash

by Sharlyn Petit
   Last week, with the roads still slick from our weekend downpour, a 16-year-old girl was injured in a single-vehicle crash near the Issaquah Highlands.
   Police say the teen driver lost control of her car, crossed through opposite lanes of traffic, and went over a guardrail into a...

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The 10 safest used cars $10,000 can buy

by Sharlyn Petit
  
If you’re researching a used car for your teen, there’s a lot to consider. Safety should be at the top of the list – so, Consumer Reports to the rescue! They’ve compiled a 2015 list of the top 10 safest used cars for teens.
   Electronic stability control, side curtain...

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They don’t teach this in driver’s ed, getting back on the road after a crash

by Sharlyn Petit
   After your first close call, fender-bender, or totaled car, it’s common to feel nervous or fearful when driving. Maybe you keep replaying the event in your mind wondering how it ever happened in the first place.
   You won’t find advice on driving after an accident in a textbook,...

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Go for glam on prom night in a limo

If you’re looking to boost your game and make prom night super memorable, lose the car. Go in style in a limo.
   Teens, think about it: prom night is distracting enough without the hassle of driving yourself back and forth from homes to venues to parties.
   First, there’s the prom clothes. Females...

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Teen crashes raise questions about Oregon driving laws

by Sharlyn Petit
  
Separate fatal crashes that killed three Portland teen drivers last month have Oregon transportation policymakers examining the effectiveness of Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) laws for drivers under age 18.
   The teens, from Oregon City and West Linn high schools, were mourned...

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Kitsap teen driver sentenced in deadly crash

by Sharlyn Petit
   Last Thursday, the 17-year-old driver in a Seabeck, Wash., crash that killed three of his classmates was sentenced to 45 to 108 weeks in juvenile detention. The teen pleaded guilty last month to three counts of vehicular homicide. Investigators say marijuana and speeding were both...

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Oregon teen buys new car for military family

by Sharlyn Petit
   While most teens daydream of driving a new car off of the lot for their sweet 16, 15-year-old Trenten West and his family made a different dream come true for one Oregon family.
   Trenten had the idea of giving a car to “someone who has served and sacrificed for us.” The West...

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