Cars a Rite of Passage No More?

That mainstay of adolescence -- achieving car ownership and going cruising -- may be on its way out.
August 17, 2008, 5am PDT | Michael Dudley
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"Recreational driving, or cruising, has been a rite of passage for generations of teenagers, representing freedom and independence to anyone old enough to obtain a licence, but record-high gas prices are putting the brakes on the classic summertime activity. The carefree days of driving for the sake of driving are over.

Teens say they're now spending as little time behind the wheel as possible, hanging out instead at friends' houses, at parks and beaches, and at movie theatres.

The romance of cruising fades, teens say, when they have to scrutinize their gas consumption like minutes on their cellphones."

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Published on Tuesday, August 12, 2008 in The Globe and Mail
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