Back to School: AAA’s Guide for New Drivers

With school starting, the roads will be filled with new drivers. New drivers are empowered. Empowered through freedom and responsibility. But what’s the big deal anyway? The big deal is that “motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens” (Center for Disease Control and Prevention).

AAA, the nation’s leading automotive club with more than 50 million members, published the teen guide “Becoming the New Driver in Your Family“.

This AAA guide helps teens realize the responsibilities and consequences of driving. It also explains how to choose a safe vehicle, what drivers should know about being car literate, and lists common behaviors of teen drivers.

In the area of being car literate, AAA suggests that teen drivers should be able to: use a tire gauge to check tire pressure; check fluid levels; change a tire; and use jumper cables. If you need help with any of these tasks along with other must-know car knowledge, check out the book Auto Upkeep.

So you are on the road. Remember that with this new privilege you have great responsibilities. To access the AAA teen guide and others, go to

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Michael Gray

Mike has roots in the automotive service industry. He began diagnosing and fixing cars at a young age in his family’s service station. He has worked in automotive parts supply stores, towing companies, and service facilities. After graduating from St. Cloud State University (MN) with a Bachelor’s degree, he implemented and taught a basic car care program at the high school level. During work on his Master’s degree at Illinois State University (IL), he was a curriculum specialist on a National Science Foundation project where he co-authored ten integrated mathematics, science, and technology books designed for team teaching. Mike has also supervised teachers in Career and Technology Education as a school system administrator.

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