“Not So Fast honestly and directly takes parents by the hand and lays out what they should be doing to help their teens survive these most dangerous years.”


Pam Fischer
New Jersey Teen Safe Driving Coalition


Parenting Your Teen Through the Dangers of Driving

NotSoFastBacked 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.

Most of the information available to parents of teen drivers acknowledges that driving is risky, and then advises parents that their obligation is to teach their teens how to operate a vehicle – but little more. Missing from most resources are explanations of why teen driving is so dangerous and specific, proactive steps that parents can take day-by-day, each time a teen driver gets behind the wheel, to counteract the situations that most often lead to crashes. Not So Fast fills the gap in this existing literature, providing advice to parents, guardians, and other adults who supervise teen drivers about the critical decisions that must be made before a teen drives.

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.

About the Author

Tim Hollister

Tim Hollister

Tim Hollister is the author of the forthcoming book HIS FATHER STILL: A Parenting Memoir (Argo Navis, September 2015). Since the death of his 17-year-old son Reid in a car crash in 2006, Tim has become a nationally known advocate for safer teen driving.  In 2009, he launched his national blog for parents of teen drivers, “From Reid’s Dad,” www.fromreidsdad.org.

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“This concise, practical, and potentially life-saving book should be required reading for every parent before their teen gets behind the wheel.”


“Tim Hollister’s Not So Fast is a public service to parents of teen drivers and the cause of traffic safety, particularly in the area of safe teen driving. Government officials and the public rely heavily on parents for assistance and cooperation to promote safety. The advice and insights in Not So Fast are a significant step toward that goal.”

Norman Mineta

former Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation

“As a long-time researcher on your drivers, I strongly recommend Not So Fast as evidence-based, sensible advice to parents seeking to make informed decisions as their teens become drivers. This is a highly readable and important guide.”

Allan F. Williams

former Chief Scientist, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

“Given that the judgment part of the brain does not fully mature until ages 22 to 25, parents would do well to set standards and expectations early on, as risks will remain in place for years to come despite experience. This is an interesting addition to an underrepresented topic; recommended for all libraries.”

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Not So Fast honestly and directly takes parents by the hand and lays out what they should be doing to help their teens survive these most dangerous years.”

Pam Fischer

New Jersey Teen Safe Driving Coalition

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Table Of Contents

Foreword by Sandy Spavone, Executive Director, National Organizations for Youth SafetyAlso by Tim Hollister

Author’s Note

Introduction: “Not So Fast, Young Man/Lady”

1 – My Story

2 – Why There Is No Such Thing as a Safe Teen Driver

3 – Baseline Dangers and Higher Risk Factors

4 – “My Kid Is Very Responsible!”

5 – What Driver’s Ed Isn’t

6 – The ABCs of GDL (Graduated Driver Licensing)

7 – When Should a Teen Start Driving?

8 – Acting Like an Air Traffic Controller

9 – Negotiating and Enforcing a Teen Driving Agreement

10 – The Difference Between Purposeful Driving and Joyriding

11 – Getting a Teen to Acknowledge the Risks

12 – The Ceremony of the Keys

13 – The Unappreciated Danger of Passengers, Even Siblings

14 – Managing Curfews

15 – Supervising the Brand New Driver

16 – Traffic Tickets as a Teaching Moment

17 – Car Buying and Sharing, and Saving on Gas

18 – Distracted Driving: Texting, “Connected Cars,” GPS, and Headphones

19 – Impaired Driving: Alcohol, Drugs, and Fatigue

20 – What Schools Can Do

21 – Blind Zones

22 – Vehicle Identification Stickers

23 – Simulators and High-Performance Driving Schools

24 – Non-English-Speaking and Single Parent Households

25 – Supervising Other People’s Teens

26 – In Summary: Tips from Reid’s Dad

Afterword: A Plea to Parents

Teen Driving Resources

Model Teen Driving Agreement


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