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Teaching Kids About Cars
When our kids were young, we often bought a car for
a song with an engine or transmission problem, or one that had been in an accident.
Since both hubby and I are pretty fair mechanics, we would rent any required equipment
and have a lesson in car innards as the kids helped us restore it. Then we
transferred six seat belts from Western Auto
for years from car to car, and they learned to use them - or else! As adults
they now religiously follow our law with their own passengers: if anybody doesn't
have a seat belt on, the car doesn't move.
We impressed on them the importance of safe driving,
and it must have taken. In the next ten years they each had only one ticket.
Cathy ran a red light when a passenger was dangerously distracting her. She
almost hit a police car. She pulled over immediately and waited for the cop
to turn around, come back and give her a ticket. Mark got an illegal turn
citation while completely lost on country roads outside a strange town, in the dead
of night with no street lighting; he had the bad luck to have a county policeman
What brings this to mind? A piece in the Miami Herald "Saturday Speakup" where readers get things off their chest or express their concerns and opinions. I was impressed! I emailed the author, Mark Franek, then Dean of Students and English teacher at William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, Pa., and he replied:
See The Value of Used Cars by Mark Franek.