Rural Teens on the Move: Cars, Motorcycles, and off-Road Vehicles

Overview

On the surface, this book is about teens who live in the country and their various forms of transportation. In reality, this book is about young adults and their cultures, because vehicles play an important role in the social interactions of teens. For most rural youth, living apart from mass transportation, cars and other vehicles are critical to getting back and forth to school, work, and social events. Rural teens living on farms or ranches also use trucks, ATVs (all-terrain vehicles), and snowmobiles for work...
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Overview

On the surface, this book is about teens who live in the country and their various forms of transportation. In reality, this book is about young adults and their cultures, because vehicles play an important role in the social interactions of teens. For most rural youth, living apart from mass transportation, cars and other vehicles are critical to getting back and forth to school, work, and social events. Rural teens living on farms or ranches also use trucks, ATVs (all-terrain vehicles), and snowmobiles for work purposes. For many teens and their families, motorcycles, snowmobiles, and ATVs provide recreation as well, and for still other teens, their vehicles enable them to participate in legal and official race competitions. Some teens pour their time and energy into customizing their rides, so transportation becomes art and part of their identity. For a few teens, souped-up cars are a source of kicks; they put speed ahead of safety with sometimes-tragic results. For various reasons, cars and other vehicles are important to all these young adults. This book will tell you how and why!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422200216
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Series: Youth in Rural North America Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     6
Kids, Speed, and Motors: The History of Teen Fascination with Their Wheels     9
Teens, Cars, and Trucks     29
Two Wheels on the Trail: Motorcycles in Action     47
In the Snow and Off the Road: Snowmobiles and ATVs     59
Teen Drivers, Safety, and the Future of Rural Transportation     81
Further Reading     90
For More Information     91
Glossary     92
Bibliography     93
Index     94
Picture Credits     95
Author & Consultant Biographies     96
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