Tuesday, March 1, 2011

DANGEROUS TEEN TREND: CAR SURFING

(This blog is written to inform parents and others of disturbing trends of teenagers.)"Car surfing" was introduced in the mid-1980s to describe a thrill-seeking activity that involves riding on the exterior of a moving motor vehicle while it is being driven by another person. The 1985 movie, Teen Wolf, inspired many teens to try car surfing. 



A new study shows "car surfing" is on the rise (again) among male teens, age 16 to 19. "Car surfing" or "ghost riding" is when one person climbs onto the roof of a car and begins to "surf" as if they were on water - a lot of times with no driver - or the teen is on a skateboard or rollerblades, holding onto the side of a moving vehicle, also known as "skitching". 

Car surfing may sound fun, but it is a very dangerous trend.  "Car surfers" are prone to accidents, serious injuries, and death even if the vehicle is moving at very slow speeds.   Watch this video to see just how crazy and dangerous this can be.

This is another one of those times when teenagers make poor decisions, because the "logical" part of their brain is not fully developed, so they can't see the consequences...they only see the thrills of the act.  This is another topic worth discussing with your teen, especially if you have a teen son.




















28 comments:

Sleppery said...

New follower from the blog hop network
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Glynis said...

. I have talked to the boy who lives across the street about this but he gives me that look that I am just old and I don't know anything.
When your a teen you just don't think of the dangers, they think they know everything until they get hurt and then its to late.

Kelli said...

that is terrifying. i can't imagine being a mom to a teenager yet. mine is only 3-years-old right now.
i'm following you, come follow me!

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LBDDiaries said...

I can't believe that trend is coming back around. You tackle some tough topics here and it is an amazing site! Visiting from SITS.

Lanita said...

My husband would say that car surfing is a perfect example of Darwin's theory of survival of the fittest. I am slightly glad right now I have girls. At least until one of them throws a fit about their clothes not matching.

WhisperingWriter said...

I heard about this. Very scary :/

Sharon Carlton said...

This is really scary stuff. I've got a sixteen year old and a twenty year old son (and an eighteen year old daughter). While it's really exciting to see the growing confidence in our teen boys, their sense of invincibility grows faster than their common sense sometimes. You're right - their brains just haven't got it all figured out yet. It's quite a challenge to balance the nurturing of their independence and trust in themselves with our needs to hold them close and secure with Mom and Dad.

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

You have a great blog. I am a new follower from the blog hop network. Hope you will do the same :-)

The Dare Diva said...

I'm following you back sweetie!
I love Ziggy!

Irene said...

How scary! Why do these teens assume nothing will ever happen to them? Sigh.

Thanks so much for participating in comment love weekend last weekend! I have a bloghop linky up for this weekend's comment love (http://www.happyhealthyfamilies.com/2011/03/its-time-for-comment-love-weekend.html)

Happy Weekend!!

domesticexec said...

wow! Thanks for the info! Joining in the comment love weekend but i'll definetly be back. Help me with my Teens! Come visit me at http://domesticexecutiveonline.com

kimberly michelle said...

How horrific is this trend? :(

Just wanted to let you know I found you through the Comment Love Weekend!

I'm over at www.kimberlymichelle.com

Debra Ann Elliott said...

Stopping by from Love Weekend {Blog Hop}
Now following.

Rondi said...

This trend is very scary. Happy Comment Love Weekend!
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DisgrunltedMom said...

Another blog hopper...

This scares me so much. My boys are still young, but I worry about the kind of things they'll be doing when they reach their teens. Especially my thrill seeking son!

MOMmetime said...

um...scary!! my kids are 3 & 6 ~I do not look forward to situations like this. I think awareness on a parents part is so critically important, followed up with communication and the hope that they make the 'right' decision ~either that or keep them in the house until their 30....

I'm following from the hop.

bdavisnc88 said...

new follower from comment with love blog hop.
THis teen surfing on cars scares me to death. I've called the cops a few times when I've seen it.

http://www.dutchgirlsfavoritethings.com

Just Like June said...

It scares me all of the stuff that kids get into now a days. It makes the 50's look like child play. I only wish the only thing I had to worry about was going steady and getting caught going to second base in the back of a Bel-Air. *sigh*

Ourfamilyworld said...

My kids are still young!! I can't imagine what other scary things they will invent when they will grow up!!

New gfc follwer through comment love.
Have a great day
Ourfamilyworld

Shelley (EvenAndy) said...

This is a horrible trend. I love your blog and I am a follower from the blog hop.

http://www.evenandyblog.com

Elle said...

When I think about all the stupid things I did as a teen, I know it's a miracle that I lived to be a mom! I dread the day when my kids are teens. Thank you educating your readers on dangerous teen trends.

Elle @ SeeMomWorkBlog.com

Eight years and counting said...

As a mom of two young boys (5 and 8) it's stories like these that terrify me.
I popped over from the CLW blog hop and am grateful that you're making other moms aware that these scary trends are out there tempting our teens.

http://weddedblisster.blogspot.com/

TV's Take said...

Having a little one the teen years are quite scary. Good to share this info. I am happy to annouce I'm your 600th follower! Congrats. Following you from the blog hop your co-hosting. Have a great weekend. http://tvstake.blogspot.com

LaVonne @ Long Wait said...

Visiting from the Comment Hop. Teenagers! I am nervous to see what my own 3 year old will be like during her teen years.

Please enjoy your weekend. Blessings to your family.

Nancy StylenDecorDeals.blogspot.com said...

Thanks for the informative post. My son is 16 and I had not even heard of it. I'll have to have a talk with him.
I'm a new follower from the blog hop! Hope you can hop by and follow me:
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Jessica said...

So scary! I was unaware that this was even an issue! Thanks for bringing it up.
I found you via CLW - my blog is at http://workfromhomestar.com/wfhs-blog.html.

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Vannessa Gabbett said...

Well, you know how teens are today. They are more carefree. They would try anything out of the ordinary just like this. Anyway, there are concerned parents out there such as you who are getting the attention of others, and that is a good thing. :-)

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