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The Driving Book: Everything New Drivers Need to Know but Don't Know to Ask Paperback – April 1, 2005

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Grade 10 Up–This outstanding, common-sense guide covers important topics not mentioned in standard manuals such as automobile maintenance, getting gasoline, the differences between city and country driving, bad weather, the usefulness of cell phones in emergencies, and road rage. The book is clearly written and well organized, but it is also humorous and appealing, with lighthearted illustrations throughout. Gravelle emphasizes points with anecdotes from teen drivers. This title is particularly good in that it also discusses the special psychological and social issues facing adolescents, such as handling peer pressure to drive unsafely and dealing with nervous parents. Because getting a driver's license is such a rite of passage for teens, this book belongs in every library.–Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 9-12. Every new driver needs to read this book. Writing without condescension, Gravelle covers most situations a teen (or adult) driver might encounter. She begins by taking a look at things that need to be kept in a car (from insurance cards to a flashlight), and then goes on to discuss car maintenance, stressing the importance of knowing how to check the oil, the battery, and the window washer fluid. Going beyond the basics, she suggests how to avoid peer-pressure situations and deal with road rage, and she talks about the effects of drugs, both legal and illegal, on drivers. The slim volume, which, as the author suggests, is just the right size for keeping in the glove compartment, is peppered with lively ink drawings that add a touch of humor to the advice. Parents and teens can use this as place to start talking about the rights and responsibilities of hitting the road. Ilene Cooper
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; trade paper, 1st printing edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802777066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802777065
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Carol on August 12, 2009
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As a Driving instructor, i was expecting a book on "how to drive safely," but it is an excellent considering its purpose. It has some ideas that i consider to be excelent, such as:
1)Matinance hints
2)Safety suggestions
3)Handling some tricky situations
4)Handeling the police
5)Highway emergiancies
..., i could go forever
as just as the book's title indicates, "Everything New Drivers Need to Know, But Don't Know, 'or afraid to ask."
Certified Driving Instructorare
Carol
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Great book for my son to know what it take to take care of a car. And to also understand how to be careful when he is using the family car. I think every parent should get this book for there young driver.
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Fluffy, and lacking any depth whatsoever. I don't see who this book is aimed at, i guess people who only want the most basic of info. I found it of very little use to me. If you want a real book on driving I recommend "Professional Driving Techniques" by J. Scotti.
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The Driving Book: Everything New Drivers Know But Don't Know To Ask is an intuitive book that covers a wide range of situations and scenarios a driver might encounter and down to earth, realistic solutions. I am glad I bought the book, but the fact is that having this manual in the car is no help when my teen is behind the wheel, reacting to a situation. After reading through the book, I purchased SimuRide Home Edition which is a driving simulator for beginners, which offers hands on practice dealing with the situations outlined in the book and more. Now, when he hits the road, I really feel like he is ready for just about anything.
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I'd love this book because it will tell you facts about cars and patients driving and responsibility.
It is just a good book,and Karen,you are a good author!!!!!
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Hope this will be helpful to a family member who will be learning to drive. Just arrived today. Looks like it is a very helpful.
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The book is good...getting my teenager to read it is another story...
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Great book for those preparing to get behind the wheel and for those who have many miles under their belt. I would recommend as a great choice for the new driver in your home. BUT, I would not recommend you buy this for your wife if you think she is a bad driver. She will not appreciate it (even if it is a great book).
The book is divided into chapters and topics with small scenarios for each situation. Great chapter on necessities one may need in their car.
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