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Drive Smart Georgia offers gift ideas for new drivers for Christmas 2013

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If you’re the parent of a new teen driver, a gift related to cars or driving would be a sure-fire hit this Christmas. The present doesn’t have to be expensive and teens will certainly appreciate the thought behind the gift. Here are a few great gift ideas for new drivers from Drive Smart Georgia for Christmas 2013.

Teen Driver Education
In the state of Georgia, Joshua’s Law requires that if a teen wants to obtain a driver’s license at the age of 16, he or she must complete a driver’s education course approved by the Department of Driver Services, plus have 40 hours of supervised in-car driving time. There are several driving schools in Atlanta, but Drive Smart Georgia in Alpharetta is one of the best in the area. Their highly qualified instructors get rave reviews from teens and parents alike. Plus, teenagers that go through the program have an incredibly high pass rate on their driving test. Before signing a teen up for any driving classes, be sure to research the school, including its certifications and reviews.

Emergency Road Kit
No parent likes to think about their son or daughter facing an emergency roadside situation, but if one should arise, make sure your new driver is prepared with an emergency kit. Northern Tool sells a AAA-certified 70-pc. kit that’s stocked with what every vehicle needs, including heavy-duty booster cables, a hand-charged LED flashlight, screwdrivers, a 45-pc. first aid kit, car care guide and much more. It also comes with a double-sided carry bag and sells for $49.99. You can purchase the kit at online at Northerntool.com.

Digital Tire Gauge
This is the perfect stocking stuffer for new drivers. It’s essential to know how to use and read a tire gauge because riding on properly inflated tires can prevent many road accidents. Digital versions are quick, easy-to-use and easy-to-read. Michelin offers a digital tire gauge that lets you program front and rear desired pressure, and remembers the settings. It also features a rubberized soft grip, white LED flashlight, and storage pouch. It’s available online at Amazon.com for $22.49.

Defensive Driving Lessons
There are many benefits to taking a defensive driving class, especially for new drivers. Not only will it reduce your insurance premium by 10-15%, but it will also teach new teens how to drive safely and responsibly. According to Safemotorist.com, defensive driving courses teach new drivers how to reduce the risks of accidents by preparing students to exercise good judgment and caution while driving. Click here to find out more about defensive driving classes at Drive Smart Georgia.

Roadside Assistance Plan
Teenagers can be scatterbrained at times. When they lock their keys in the car or forget to fill it with gas, a roadside assistance plan will come in very handy. AAA is the nation’s most popular plan with more than 50 million customers. For an annual cost, AAA will provide 24-hour emergency roadside service and towing, plus lockout, gas and battery replacement services for peace of mind. Classic, Plus and Premiere memberships are available and range from $66-$126 annually. Go to AAA.com for more information.

Coupons for Oil Changes
A coupon for a free oil change is another good gift idea for new teen drivers. Teenagers love the independence they derive from driving, but most are not completely ready to maintain an automobile. Changing the oil in a car is not just a suggestion, it’s a necessity to maintain the safety of an automobile for many years to come. Plus, regular oil changes increase gas mileage and improve engine stability. Gift cards are available at most oil change centers, like Jiffy Lube, in denominations ranging from $5-$100.

A Good Pair of Sunglasses
Bright sunlight can often be blinding, which is a real problem for new drivers. A good pair of sunglasses will cut down the glare and make it easier to see the road and other cars. There is a wide variety of driving sunglasses, including specific styles for daytime and night driving. AutoSport.com offers affordable anti-glare driving glasses for just $39.95.

No Blind Spot Rear View Mirror
This patented, seamless mirror is used by police officers and professional drivers to eliminate blind spots. It provides a 180-degree field of view and a distortion-free reflection of traffic across an entire 5-lane highway. The mirror also allows continuous monitoring of adjacent vehicles from the moment they begin to pass until they are visible in a driver’s peripheral vision. It clamps to an existing rear view mirror (no tools required) and automatically reduces headlight glare by 50%. This gift idea for new drivers is available for $59.99 at Hammacher Schlemmer.

Gift Certificates for Car Washes or Detailing Services
Driving teens like to look good in their rides. A coupon booklet for free car washes makes a nice gift for the holiday season. They can usually be purchased in denominations ranging from $10-$300.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for New Teen Drivers
Key chains, ice scrapers, glove compartment organizers, personalized license plates, flashlights, steering wheel covers, organizers, air fresheners and arm rest covers all make great stocking stuffers for your new driver. Findgift.com has a great assortment of gift ideas, all ready to be shipped in time for holiday gift giving. Another great stocking stuffer is the Life Hammer. Used by rescue personnel worldwide, this specially designed tool lets a trapped driver cut through a jammed seatbelt or break out side windows in an emergency. It can be ordered online at Amazon.com for just $14.80.

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