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Not So Fast

Parenting Your Teen Through the Dangers of Driving

"Despite having worked in traffic safety for three decades, I still found myself shaking in my boots when my son began driving,” admitted Pam Fischer, a member of New Jersey’s Teen Safe Driving Coalition. It is a familiar feeling for many parents, and one author Tim Hollister tackles directly and honestly in Not So Fast: Parenting Your Teen Through the Dangers of Driving (Chicago Review Press, September 2013). Hollister lost his son Reid in 2006 to a car crash. Reid was the driver. He was 17 years old.


 

Backed by research and aimed at empowering parents, Not So Fast: Parenting Your Teen Through the Dangers of Driving, is an informative and vital guide to help parents understand the causes of teen crashes and head them off each time before their teens get behind the wheel. “It’s what I wish I had known before my son died,” says Hollister.

The most comprehensive guide for parents, Not So Fast tackles several hot-button issues—such as texting and distracted driving; parenting attitudes (conscious and unconscious); and teen impairment and fatigue—and includes a combination of topics not found in other teen driving guides, such as:

  • How brain development affects driving
  • How teen driver laws work and why Driver's Ed does not produce safe drivers
  • How to negotiate a teen driving agreement
  • How and when to say “No”
  • And why it’s imperative for parents to evaluate their teen driver on every car trip before handing over the keys.

 

Tim Hollister has become a national authority and spokesperson for safer teen driving since losing his 17-year-old son Reid in a car crash in 2006. After serving on a Connecticut state task force that overhauled the state’s teen driver laws, Tim launched “From Reid’s Dad,” a national blog for parents of teen drivers. He has appeared on national and regional media, most recently on “Raising America” on HLN. Tim Hollister was awarded the 2012 AAA Southern New England Traffic Safety Hero of the Year Award as well as the U.S. Department of Transportation National Public Service Award, the nation’s highest civilian award for traffic safety.


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