July 31, 2005 |
Three years licensed but with little actual driving experience, 19-year-old Scott Owens is itching to slide behind the wheel of the 2005 Chevrolet Impala, the test car for this session of a unique driving program. As he waits his turn, he's just like any other teenage boy promised the keys to Dad's car -- fidgety, with a broad smile across his face.
December 2, 2004 |
Like most of her classmates at Laguna Hills High School, Kayte Greenfelder took driver's education at 16. She sat through the grainy old death-on-the-asphalt movies, memorized the handouts on rights-of-way and traffic signals, even went to the Department of Motor Vehicles and got a learner's permit. Somehow, though, she never got around to actually getting her license.
October 24, 1999
Congratulations on your Oct. 12 editorial calling for steps to address the rash of recent pedestrian traffic deaths. One of your steps refers to restoring driver education and driver training to our public schools. Given that there are far more deaths and injuries from traffic collisions on our highways than from any other cause for young people, does it not seem sensible to include such instruction in our schools? Unfortunately, in recent years state officials have diverted traffic fine money collected away from high school driver training to other programs.
July 14, 1999 |
She spins around the Rose Bowl parking lot in her mother's white minivan, a car with the handling and sex appeal of a giant Tupperware container. Safe. Solid. Easy to wash. Tupperware. "I like this car," my lovely and patient older daughter says. "Me too," I say. Just turned 16, my daughter hears the call of the concrete, the whistle of the automobile want ads. Not once has she spotted a vehicle she wouldn't love to marry. To her, there are no ugly cars.
October 1, 1998 |
Jessica Csernak was terrified, and I wasn't feeling so hot either as we looked at the other cars on the apron of Buttonwillow Race Track, about 30 incredibly hot miles northwest of Bakersfield. Jessica, not yet 16, was there with her mom's stock 1996 Kia Sephia sedan. I, not yet 51, was there in my almost-stock 1992 sport-utility vehicle--a Mazda Navajo (a two-door Ford Explorer with a Mazda grille).
October 1, 1998 |
Sierra's new driver education program is designed to help people like me learn to drive. I'm a 15-year-old with a learner's permit, and I did learn at least one important lesson from this program. After hours of fruitlessly trying to calibrate the control panel that came with the driving simulation, I learned that it is extremely difficult to control a car when you have to hold the brakes down continually just to keep from peeling out and blasting over the speed limit.