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Grandma’s Teen Driving Handbook

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How to Get a License (and Keep It!)

I always use a good rule of thumb is that if it could have been in my high school library’s collection, it is probably too old for a modern teen collection. (For those keeping score, I graduated in the late 70s.) Seat belts only became mandatory for manufacturing in 1968.  How about other changes in safety? How about cell phones? Speed limits? Unleaded gasoline?

As the auto engineer husband would say, “safety is not a joke”.


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Drive Time

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Getting a driver’s license was a big deal for me in 1976, and I am willing to bet that the above textbook would have been a possibilty in my driver’s ed class. I can’t remember much about that class other than it was boring except for the “simulators”, meaning a fake dashboard and film of driving around.

I can’t imagine anything in this book being of practical use in a public library collection. Laws, safety rules, etc. have changed so much. Seat belts were just legislated as mandatory in 1972. I still have a vivid memory of my mother and father arguing over wearing a seat belt. Law abiding dad wanted her to wear it and my mother, who doesn’t want anyone telling her what to do, flatly refused. Good times.

Busy looking for a parking place,


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You can Be a Professional Driver

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You Can Be a Professional Driver

Submitter: In my defense, this book was NOT in our career section so I feel slightly better about not weeding it before now. It was probably a very good career book in its day, but that day has long passed. The cover is plain blue, so I included a scan of the half title page with a guy driving an awesome forklift manipulating a giant cylinder. Several points of interest were the reference to the construction of the Alaska pipeline and the swell clothes worn by the people in the office. Their computer is pretty groovy, too.

Holly: Oh, and hey – even women can work in this industry! They can be key-punch operators, secretaries, and clerks!

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