So, I started an unrelated thread in the 80 section and it got all kinds of opinions about when to teach kids, what to teach kids, how to teach kids, and what they should be taught in, as well as what they should drive. I want to hear opinions. I believe kids should start early...as soon as they can reach the pedals...in a controlled environment on a safe road in a vehicle they can handle. Then, when they are driving on their own they should have a vehicle big enough to be safe but not big enough to be the neighborhood bus. OOOh the parties we had in my car as a teenager! Who knew you could drive with 32 people crammed into a '64 Olds! Fun, but I never want my kids doing that! I also hit a top speed of 140 mph on the freeway...my top speed, not the cars...I also don't want them doing THAT. Only 5 people in the car that time. What is reasonably safe? Is an 80 series cruiser a good choice for a teenager? Minivan? Corolla? Motorcycle? Old beater? So, When should they start: What should they start with: What should they drive as teenagers: Safety features: (airbags-good or bad?, antilock brakes-good or bad?, etc.) Other comments: I'm starting my kids at 8-10 years old on dirt roads at 2 mph in my '95 LC. I'd rather start them in something else smaller, but I don't have something smaller. The first car I ever drove was a CAT front end loader at the age of 14 in a cement yard. I don't know that they will get that opportunity. I think the 80 is a great vehicle for them to drive as teenagers. Not too much power, not too tippy, affordable (reasonably).