Your Teenage Daughter's First Car

Dad's Dilemma

Dads: A teenager should drive a car, right? Sure, they should - in a car with dual controls manned by a state trooper. Well, that's not true. Not all teenagers are like I was as a teenager. I totalled two cars and had several other accidents before concluding I needed a "time out" from driving. I wasn't emotionally ready to drive until I was around 22 years old. But many teenagers, particularly today's teenagers, and especially those of the female persuasion, are mature enough to drive.

So the dilemma is constructed: what car should you get for your teenage daughter, that source of delight and vexation, pest and prodigy, star performer and slob? You're not stupid. Well, let's just say you're not THAT stupid. You know those wonderful conversations you have with her are just the persona she puts on for Daddy and that she's just another devil in the company of her friends, right? So now you're going to make her 'hell on wheels.' Okay, so let's go.

A Safe Vehicle

If you actually want to go through with this, don't read any statistics on teenage driving because if you do, you will be your daughter's chauffeur FOREVER. Still, you know the dangers of driving and you want to keep your girl safe. Above everything, of course, you want to offer your precious princess positive protection in the event of a collision. You want a vehicle with some meat on it that will absorb the impact. You want a vehicle that will stand its ground and won't be bullied by your average sedan. And you want all the interior safety options so that if your baby is in an accident, she will be like an egg suspended in gelatin and Styrofoam, safe from harm. You want front airbags, side airbags, safety curtain, back airbags, top airbags, and bottom airbags. You want a car that IS an airbag. Be careful you don't become and airbag while you're talking about it.

Also brakes are good. Make sure the car has brakes. Oh, and don't forget lights. Every car needs lights. You know, this is pretty complicated. Are you sure you want to do this?

BBES = Bad Boy Ejection System.
BBES = Bad Boy Ejection System. | Source

Additional Safety Features

In addition to standard safety equipment, it might be nice to add some additional safety features to help keep your kid safe. Say your daughter is out on a date with Manny, voted by his class as the guy with the greatest resemblance to the giant pepper mill often proffered by your waiter at a fine restaurant, and Manny is behaving himself as any boy might whose life is ruled by his... pepper mill. It would be nice if your daughter could just press a button and eject his ass right out of the car, hopefully at highway speed, wouldn't it?

Here in Massachusetts, if you lose your license due to driving under the influence of alcohol, provided you didn't kill anyone, after you attend class for several years and pay all the other dues you must to amend for your crime, and if Massachusetts deems you fit to go behind the wheel again, Massachusetts may arrange for you to have a vehicle equipped with an ignition system connected to a breath-a-lizer - a device which tests your breath for signs of alcohol. You see where I'm going with this. Good idea for teenagers, don't you think? No? Maybe you SHOULD read the statistics.

Anti-collision automatic pilot that takes control of the vehicle when a collision is about to take place. Not sure how it would work, but it sounds like a good idea.

This is an article written in fun. Why? Because people's fears are excellent material for humor. However, you have good reason to be afraid. So when choosing a vehicle for that most precious being, your daughter, do your homework and purchase wisely. Happy motoring!

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Comments 22 comments

Hawkesdream profile image

Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

Quite right,Good idea


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

I like the Breath-a-lizer idea the best myself. I don't think my daughter will approve, however.


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brad4l 7 years ago from USA

Really, the breath-a-lizer idea isn't all that bad, providing you could do it as a preventative private measure and not something court ordered.

However, the problem with the court ordered ones it that you have to periodically blow into it at random times while driving, or perhaps you have to pull over and do it, but regardless, this would probably add a whole other level of distraction for an inexperienced driver.

If you could get one that just wouldn't let you start the car while drunk, this might help a little.

In regards to finding a tough car, I know one guy who has 4 daughters who only get to drive Volvos.


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Jim Batuyong 7 years ago from Anaheim, CA

I went through this three years ago and it was as tough a decision for my wife and I as we have ever make. Thankfully it worked out for us as she has turned out to be a wonderful, responsible driver who, on occasion, likes to drive too fast. (just Dad's opinion) But in her defense, she has never had any run in's with THE LAW so she either knows how to out run them or she is a good driver after all. By the way, she wanted a Volkswagon Jetta but she got a Ford Focus and that was the second best decision we made.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

I agree with you, Brad41. The breath-a-lizer should only be to start the car. Of course you know why they want you to periodically breath-a-lize while driving, right? So you don't drink after you started the car.

I will let the commenters suggest safe cars as I am no expert on the subject.

So good to see you, Jim! My daughter is just about to get her license. I have taken her driving with her learner's permit several times and I think she will be a better driver than I am after she gets a little experience.


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Well experience sure helps...How about a Hummer?

I learned on a stick shift and think that is a good idea and an older car is usually made better then the newer ones...except for airbags...Good luck; is never an easy task...but my kids had to work to earn a car...so far no accidents except a couple minor ones that weren't their faults...crossing my fingers tho as they become older adults the worries are even greater...

G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace..varoooom


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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

Having taught all three of my children to drive ( a girl and 2 boys) I had a lot of fun here! My daughter and sons survived but a few cars didn't. I really enjoy this type of humor and am glad to have caught up with your hubs. I would like to be a fan. Ern.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

I liked the picture of the tank, that may work! I'd have to disable the guns, though, she can have a temper at times. :)


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

I learned on a stick shift, too, G-Ma!  It was a 1960 Chevy Biscayne with a three on the tree!  People don't even know what that is, I'll bet.  Ya, I can't afford to buy my kid a car, either.  Guess she'll have to buy it herself. 

Oof, Earnest!  Two boys!  I am so lucky my son had no inclination to drive whatsoever.  Now he is an adult and it's up to him!  What could be betta?

Yes, let's be fans. 

I had fun drawing the Tank, K@ri. You are right, of course. No cannons necessary, thank you.


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feeweewv 7 years ago from Between A Dream And Reality

I have three girls... I don't even want to think about driving... and with cell phones and texting... aye, aye, aye... pepper mill.. LOL... :)


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Teenage girls are such fun! :0)


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

hummmm. I know I was...G-Ma :O)


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eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

My older daughter will be getting her learners permit soon,

Scary thoughts,

I can associate with your hub.

I lake the bad boyfriend ejection mechanism. I think the Dads need a remote for this

Keep on Hubbing!


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

I'll bet you were, G-Ma, I'll bet you were. :0)

I feel your pain, Eovery.


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Ivorwen 7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

My dad would have loved this! Where were you 15 years ago? He made us learn on a military six-by. It wouldn't go over fifty, and could be heard for two miles. Once he was sure we knew how to drive, he let us have the family car and told us don't go over 90 mph for more than a few minutes at a time, because the tires are only rated for 80 mph...

I have five sons to teach. Any suggestions?


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Five sons? Apply for sainthood!

Get them through driver's ed and buy them all bicycles, scooters, or roller blades. They can doubtless use the exercise.


Ivorwen profile image

Ivorwen 7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

Thanks, the bicycles sound good. No pepper-mill problems then.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Yes, I've always found a pepper mill of no use whatsoever on a bicycle. If anything, it just gets in the way - just like in many of life's circumstances!


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Relax! Maybe they take after you.


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Paul Profitt 7 years ago from England

It doesn't matter how responsible a person is behind the wheel all it takes is one asshole driver or passenger to mess up everything. I'm talking as a person who lives in a big city "LONDON" and who was banned on the day of his driving test because I listened to a bad back seat driver's advice.


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VirginiaLynne 5 years ago from United States

Our teenage daughter is already 16 and I purchased her driver training in a box over a year ago and she still hasn't finished the first 6 lessons she needs to do in order to get her permit. I'm glad she is more afraid than we are!


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

Our daughter who drives is now in her twenties and drives better than I do. Our younger daughter just turned sixteen, but hasn't mentioned drivers ed in a while. I can wait. :)

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