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vettes not even here yet but my 4 year old talks about it more than i do. He's too young now. Whats a safe age/height for kids to start riding in front seat?
 

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Are there specific laws about this in your state?
 

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Yes, and since I'm in CA, I am sensitive to that but don't know if other states do things similarly. There could also be weight and/or height requirements, so that would be the kicker.
 

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vettes not even here yet but my 4 year old talks about it more than i do. He's too young now. Whats a safe age/height for kids to start riding in front seat?
How old were you when you rode in the front seat of your parents car.
I remember staring at metal dashboards before seat belts ;)
 

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How old were you when you rode in the front seat of your parents car.
I remember staring at metal dashboards before seat belts ;)
I can remember my Dad holding me and letting me steer while going down some quiet back country roads. I couldn't have been more than four or five at the time.

Because we lived in the middle of nowhere, I also started driving (sitting in seat by myself, with Dad as a passenger) when I was probably eight or nine. It was really funny some years later. You see, I came from a huge family (I was the youngest), and so we had a huge Chevy van (that was before the days of the mini-vans). For those of you who know what those old 70's Chevy vans looked like in the interior, and how big the steering wheel was, you will get a kick out of this story.

The point of the funny part is that after driving a few years, something strange happened. The top of the steering wheel started getting into my field of vision. I then had an epiphany: "Wow, everybody else drives by looking OVER the steering wheel instead of looking through the space higher than the dashboard, but UNDER the steering wheel. I am growing up!"

Haha.

Such things would never be acceptable now.
 

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Yup, times have changed. As kids we rarely used seat belts and would take naps across the back seats of cars, ride in the back of wagons and SUVs. A friend used to restore cars with his dad and we would regularly cruise around the neighborhood without doors, hoods and anything in the interior other than the driving controls (no seats, no belts). And when mom and dad got their Vette we would ride in the back. As far as police were concerned we were just cargo, albeit precious cargo (behavior dependent!).
 

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My first ride in a vette was about 1971, we were visiting my Dad's family back in Topeka, KS. ( we lived in MI at the time). I was about 11 and my cousin was in his late 20's. He had a burgundy vette and was leaving to go pick up his 3 year old daughter. So both my brother and myself went with him. My brother about 13 on the seat and me on the console. On the way back my little second cousin was on my brothers lap. Try and do that today you get thrown in jail!
 

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I rode in a 1982 corvette when I was 4 years old, remember it like it was yesterday. Ever since then I was determined to own a vette, now at 30 years old. A 2014 stingray is in my garage and I love it!!!!!!
 

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My daughter use to ride in the back section of my 78 Vette and play with her Barby Dolls. Seat Belts? What are those? haha!! I mean, we had them but the laws weren't in place for use of them. Boy were we lucky in those days that nothing happened. That was her favorite place to ride. She is 38 now and doesn't fit there anymore. hahaha!! Don't tell her I said this. haha!! This is the one she rode in.

STUNG:cool:

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Here in Ontario there is no restriction on whether a child can ride in the front seat. The restriction is whether they need a car seat or booster seat. They only want you to disable the passenger air bag when they are under 13.

I remember starting to drive when I was 11. My dad said to my mom, if we get stuck in the winter, who is going to be better able to push the car, me (dad) or him ( me ). So that is when I started learning to drive. I've done the same with my kids, when they turn 10-11 (need to be tall enough to reach peddles! ) I take them out to the farm and start to teach them the basics of driving. Also remember riding in the back of my uncles VW bug with 5 kids in the back 3 in back seat and two of us crammed behind the seat under the back window. Also did the same with my kids in the back of my moms '65 MercBenz 230SL.
 

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I don't know how any of us survived as children. So glad we have Big Brother to protect all of our kids now! LOL But to answer the question, as long as you don't have an accident, it's safe no matter what size or age. Maybe a ride in an empty parking lot from time to time will keep the little guy happy until he's old enough/big enough for road driving.
 

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I don't know how any of us survived as children. So glad we have Big Brother to protect all of our kids now! LOL But to answer the question, as long as you don't have an accident, it's safe no matter what size or age. Maybe a ride in an empty parking lot from time to time will keep the little guy happy until he's old enough/big enough for road driving. Also, get him one of these so he has one too!

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Technically speaking, a Stingray doesn't have a "front seat"....lol. I started driving my dads 45 Willeys jeep when I was about 8. We were plowing and disking by ourselves at about 11. I had my first bb gun at 6, shotgun at 9. We rode in the back of pickups all the time, swam and waterskied in rivers with snakes and gators and the gulf of Mexico with sharks and jelly fish. At 13 I was driving that boat without the old man, he said just keep it under 50, like that's gonna happen.....lol No wonder I ended up in the Navy driving up dark rivers and trekking through jungles all over the world. Now that uncle Sam wants to control everyone's life to be safe im sure my parents would be under the jail......lol..........OH and we got spankings, plenty of them!
 

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At the risk of boring everyone, these stories remind me of my own father and my childhood.

My father had odd driving habits and was unusually thrifty. When driving, to save his brakes, he believed that, if a travel situation were developing a distance in front of him, he would not apply the brake until absolutely necessary to avoid an accident. Now, he had a 1940 Buick Roadmaster, with a large rear bench seat with an armrest that folded down. I was, at around age 3, encouraged to sit on that arm rest, straddling it like a horse, so I could see over the front seat and out the windshield. Which was great until he pulled one of his last minute braking maneuvers. Then I would go flying off the armrest, and sometimes into the front seat, and into the hard metal dashboard.

When I was older, around six, he had a 1951 Buick. We regularly were driving home from my grandparents house, a 4 hour ride, on Sunday nights, with me sleeping across the rear bench seat. Again, along would come one of his braking maneuvers, and I, still asleep, would be propelled off the rear seat, and onto the car floor.

I needed a crash helmet back then.

And I won't even mention how, when I lived on a farm, my cousins and I rode in the beds of pickup trucks, rode standing in the back of stake trucks, and even sat on the tail end of a 26 foot straight truck, legs danging off the rear, on a bumpy farm road.
 
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Rob, that was hilarious. We should start a thread in "Around the Garage" about things our Dads (or older brothers) let us do with cars when we were kids.
 
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