Cars & Driving


New Drivers Resources


CHP Start Smart - Driving Smart to Stay Safe
A program to help teens learn the rules of the road and become safe drivers.
Check our branch calendars or call 1-866-572-7587 for upcoming dates and times for this program.


Driver's Education Program
Study for a drivers permit using realistic practice tests. Resource provides learning materials based specifically on the permit manual from the California DMV. Includes tests for car, motorcycle and commercial driver’s license. Practice tests in Spanish also available.



Getting Ready to Drive: A How-to Guide
by Eva Apelqvist
Examines the particulars of being safe on the road. Includes taking your written and practical driving tests, getting your license, learning the rules of the road, and understanding the dangers of cell phones and the importance of seatbelts. Also explains what to do when one is pulled over, the environmental impact of driving, and the monetary discussions teens need to have with their parents before they're given the keys to the car.




The Driving Book: Everything New Drivers Need to Know But Don't Know to Ask
by Karen Gravelle
Covering virtually every scenario a new driver may face, from changing a tire to negotiating privileges with parents to handling a car in bad weather, Karen Gravelle helps teen drivers navigate through tricky new territory-on the road and at home.

Frequently Asked Questions About Driving and the Law (electronic resource) by Greg Roza
Information about safety and rules of driving presented in the form of questions and answers.


Not So Fast: Parenting Your Teen Through the Dangers of Driving
By Tim Hollister
Author and parent Tim Hollister proves that supervision before driving is every bit as important to lowering crash rates as teaching teens how to turn at a busy intersection. Parents will learn priceless information in teaching teenagers how to evaluate the circumstances of every driving trip, how to be able to say "no" when necessary, how to prepare a "flight plan" for each drive, and how to put safety before convenience.

Getting a Car

Edmunds Car Guide

Kelley Blue Book-available at library reference desks or online.

Car Maintenance

Auto Repair Reference Center
Database for automotive repair and maintenance. Includes repair manuals, service bulletins and recalls, and wiring diagrams.

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How Do I? Auto care A-Z (DVD)
Learn the secrets of professionals. Save the expense of paying someone else. Includes easy to follow instructions approved by top manufacturers & trade professionals designed for the first-time do-it-yourselfer, printable guides, and too and material lists.


How to Repair Your Car 
by Paul Brand
How to Repair Your Caris a must-have for any car owner who wants to extend the life of his or her car, learn how to perform car maintenance or repair instead of paying a mechanic, diagnose simple noises and knocks, as well as learn tips for knowing exactly what they're paying for when their car goes to the shop.


Dare to Repair Your Car: A Do-It-Herself Guide to Maintenance, Safety, Minor Fix-Its, and Talking Shop
by Julie Sussman
A basic car care and safety book written by women for women ... and men, and new teen drivers, and senior drivers. Okay, it's for every person who dares to drive a car. Filled with detailed illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions, Dare to Repair Your Car will help you shift gears and get you moving in the direction of maintaining your car-yourself.


Auto Upkeep: Basic Car Care, Maintenance and Repair
by Michael Gray
Offers information on the fundamentals of owning and maintaining an automobile, covering such topics as buying an automobile, expenses, safety, basic tools, auto care and cleaning, fluid level check, cooling system, braking system, and accessories.