Old Cars and iPads
Driving meant independence and freedom and, I have to say, self-expression. Mastering a machine is a very empowering experience for an awkward teen who has been unable to master anything else up to that point. Owning a car meant financial responsibility and mechanical education, both very helpful in piercing the thick fog of teen anxiety. Maybe things aren't really all that different. Instead of cars, teenagers have iPads and smartphones that confront them with financial and technical challenges, and provide them with a format for expression and a vehicle of freedom and independence -- if mom will give them a ride to Best Buy.
What did driving mean to you as a teen?