In the Driver's Seat: A Girl's Guide to Her First Car

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Women make up more than half of the drivers on the road, but most girls still don’t know the difference between a lug nut and a dipstick. This engaging, comprehensive, and entertaining guide teaches girls to get intimate with their four-wheeled friends. Includes:

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Overview

Women make up more than half of the drivers on the road, but most girls still don’t know the difference between a lug nut and a dipstick. This engaging, comprehensive, and entertaining guide teaches girls to get intimate with their four-wheeled friends. Includes:

  • Buying and insuring a Car
  • Fixing minor problems
  • Learning what’s under the hood
  • Choosing a mechanic
  • Surviving emergency situations
  • Styling your ride
PLUS: Fun sidebars and statistics about women behind the wheel!
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Editorial Reviews

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“The friendly tone of Stalder’s guide will make the responsibility of owning and taking care of a car less daunting for young (and older) women.” — School Library Journal

“(This) guide to buying, understanding, maintaining, and styling a first car will be a real help to new drivers…A great gift for a new female driver.” — ALA Booklist

VOYA - Joyce Doyle
Owning your first car can be exciting, and overwhelming. This guide walks new drivers through the possible pitfalls of car ownership from finances and maintenance to pumping your own gas. Readers get advice on using an owner's manual, the basics of a "car's anatomy," must-haves to keep in the car, fix-ups on the fly, going to the mechanic, and dicey driving situations. Bits of trivia about women and cars are thrown in throughout the book to liven things up. Readers will also find a chart of car ailments, what could be wrong with the car, and what to do about it. Stalder also includes several recommended Web sites for more information on any given topic. The guide has a lot of white space on the pages, so young teen drivers won't be daunted when picking up this book. Some of the information is over-simplified, with many sections declaring the driver should consult a mechanic or driver's manual. Stalder uses a conversational tone, making the information accessible but also dating it with a list of driving songs and accessories. Most of the recommendations are straightforward, although there are occasional lapses, like when Stalder suggests bad credit from failing to make car payments can affect future job applications. Overall, while car owners will need to look elsewhere for detailed assistance, this guide can provide a new driver with the confidence to at least know where to start when it comes to owning and caring for a car. Reviewer: Joyce Doyle
Library Journal
This is a good beginner's car manual, with girly touches, covering the basics: car selection, maintenance, and common troubleshooting. All the information is up-to-date, including contemporary accessories and ecological advice. Entertaining sidebars feature trivia about women and cars. With simple but detailed illustrations, this is a friendly introduction to car care.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780980073249
  • Publisher: Zest Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/2009
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 15 - 18 Years
  • Lexile: 1190L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Erika Stalder is a San Francisco-based writer who has contributed to Wired, Missbehave, Planet, and The Journal of Life Sciences, and worked with the International Museum of Women to produce the Imagining Ourselves anthology. She also currently writes the Dear Erika advice column for ABC Family’s The Secret Life of The American Teen website. Her other books include Zest Books’ Fashion 101, The Date Book, and 97 Things To Do Before Your Finish High School.

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