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Quotations:  Teen Drivers
(Quotes for Parents)

Welcome to my page of quotations for parents, about teenage drivers. The quotes on this page can also be used for National Teen Driver Safety Week, in combination with my Drive Safely! page of quotations about driving while impaired or distracted. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14–18 year olds in the U.S. In fact, almost half of the teen drivers involved in a crash die. Yet, a recent survey show that only 25% of parents have had a serious talk with their kids about the key components of driving. You are the parent, they are your children, and they still have a lot of learn. You can teach them and you may just help save their lives. ~National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "National Teen Driver Safety Week" (

When buying a used car, punch the buttons on the radio. If all the stations are rock and roll, there's a good chance the transmission is shot. ~Larry Lujack, as quoted in Robert Byrne, The Fifth and Far Finer than the First Four 637 Best Things Anybody Ever Said, 1993

Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth. ~Erma Bombeck

In the good old days, when a teen-ager went into the garage, he came out with a lawnmower. ~20,000 Quips & Quotes, Evan Esar, 1968

Baseball is like driving, it's the one who gets home safely that counts. ~Tommy Lasorda, unverified

The best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it. ~Dudley Moore, unverified

A tree never hits an automobile except in self defense. ~Author unknown

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly. ~Author unknown

Car sickness is the feeling some persons get when each month's installment comes due. ~The Speaker's Book of Illustrations by Herbert V. Prochnow, 1960

The Lord Chief Justice of England recently said that the greater part of his judicial time was spent investigating collisions between propelled vehicles, each on its own side of the road, each sounding its horn and each stationary. ~Philip Guedalla, as quoted in The Reader's Digest, 1936

Little children, headache; big children, heartache. ~Italian proverb

The best way to keep children home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant — and let the air out of the tires. ~Dorothy Parker

Mother Nature is providential. She gives us twelve years to develop a love for our children before turning them into teenagers. ~William A. Galvin, 1960, unverified

The best substitute for experience is being sixteen. ~Raymond Duncan, unverified

Adolescence is a period of rapid changes. Between the ages of twelve and seventeen, for example, a parent ages as much as twenty years. ~Henny Youngman, c. 1960s

      The invention of the teenager was a mistake, in Miss Manners' opinion. She has nothing against people of that age; indeed, she is quite foolishly fond of some such individuals. It is not teenagers whom she wishes to abolish, but only the category.
      Once you identify a period of life in which people have few restrictions and, at the same time, few responsibilities — they get to stay out late but don't have to pay taxes — naturally, nobody wants to live any other way. ~Judith Martin, "Adolescence," Miss Manners' Guide for the Turn-of-the-Millennium, 1989,

Teenagers complain there's nothing to do, then stay out all night doing it. ~Bob Phillips, unverified

Here's to the Clock!
Whose hands, we pray heaven,
When we come home at three,
Have stopped at eleven!
~Oliver Herford, "To the Clock"

You can tell a child is growing up when he stops asking where he came from and starts refusing to tell where he is going. ~Author unknown, c. 1970s

Better a thousand times careful than once dead. ~Proverb

Safety is a cheap and effective insurance policy. ~Author unknown

Accidents do not happen — they are caused. ~"Preventgrams," Buffalo Department of Health Sanitary Bulletin, 1916

Accidents hurt — safety doesn't. ~Author unknown

I am having an out-of-money experience. ~Author unknown

Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time. ~Steven Wright, A Steven Wright Special, 1985,

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published 2007 May 14
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