By Andrew Liszewski
Most teens can’t wait for the day when they’re old enough to drive. I was just the opposite. In fact, it was my parents who eventually forced me to go to driver’s ed, which turned out to be a really crappy way to spend a Summer. I’m pretty sure they just wanted another driver in the house, but not having to drop me off or pick me up all the time was also a big incentive. So if you’re in a similar situation, and are getting tired of serving as your kid’s personal taxi driver, installing this novelty taxi meter in your car will probably encourage them to reconsider taking public transit.
It attaches to your dashboard via a set of adhesive strips, and while the meter does keep a running total while you drive, instead of requiring a cash payment when you drop your kids off, it comes with a set of ‘forfeit cards’ which feature unique payments like “tidy your room” or “make dad a cup of tea.” I think the embarrassment factor of just having this installed on your dashboard is enough to discourage your kids from harassing you for a ride, and getting them to help out around the house is just an added bonus. You can pick one up from Gizoo for about $18.