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Teaching your kids to drive is one of those time honored traditions that has worked its way into American culture. After all, how are your kids going to move out when they turn 18?

However, letting your kid just hop behind the wheel and get on the road may not just be a bad idea, it could also be illegal. Even if you are in an empty parking lot when you decide to give that first lesson, you could still be violating your state's laws. Not to mention that if your child is too young, you could be facing more serious criminal charges.

Below you'll find 5 legal tips that will help you when the time comes to teach your kids to drive.

Weird Driving Laws in the US

Drivers across the country generally know the rules of the road. However, the rules of the road change over time, regardless of what law makers say, and sometimes, laws that made sense decades ago often stay on the books unenforced, and unchanged. Some of these laws are just ridiculous, while others are just outdated, and a few are just patently shocking.

Fortunately, thanks to the awesome power of the internet, we can all enjoy reading about these weird driving laws.

Summer officially arrives in four days, but flip flop season is already upon us. Yes, today is national flip flop day, people, which means it's time to get a tan on those toes, no matter what the hoity-toity fashion folks from New York City say. It's hot out there and no one likes the smell of sweaty feet. Plus, more and more of us are working from home, so throwing on a pair of slips, slaps, or slippers (as they're known in some parts of the world) can be a sensible sartorial choice.

But what about in the car? While driving barefoot isn't illegal, it does come with safety risks. Is the same true for driving in flip flops?

Cross Country Survey: 5 Strange Traffic Laws

We all know that there are some basic rules of the road that we should follow. Whether you're in Alaska or Alabama, a red light means stop and green means go. But there are some pretty strange rules that are on the books in some states that you just can't anticipate.

Let's take a look at some of the strangest traffic laws around the country, collected by Kupper Automotive News.

Self-Driving Car Computers Are 'Drivers'

Lately the news from the Department of Transportation reads like science fiction, and last week was no exception. The DOT declared that it would count computers as drivers in cars driven by software systems, adding another delicious detail to the unfolding story of an auto-piloted USA.

The announcement came just shortly after the DOT announced that, within six months, it will have model regulation for autonomous cars that it hopes states will adopt. The department is also addressing the questions of carmakers, according to Wired.

CA DMV Chief Sees Self-Driving Cars on Streets in 3-5 Years

Someday soon -- possibly within the next 3 to 5 years, according to predictions of the California Department of Motor Vehicles' chief counsel, Brian Soublet -- autonomous cars will be a regular feature on the streets. Once the dream of geeks and sci-fi fans, this will be everyone's reality and lawmakers are preparing for our brave new world.

Last month, the Department of Transportation announced that it is working on model legislation for autonomous cars within 6 months, and plans to spend $4 billion on auto-pilot projects. The hope is that states will adopt the federal government's as-yet-unformulated model laws and that a uniform approach to self-driving cars will exist nationwide. But right now there is concern that if the government does not get up to speed soon, carmakers will just self-certify the safety of their new rolling computers, taking a "trust me" approach to transportation of the future.

Can I Drive With Earbuds in California?

You love your podcasts and you just can't miss an episode, especially not when you are on the road. But if you are driving in California, make sure you're not listening through headphones or more than one earbud, whether you're driving a car or riding a bike.

Among the 801 laws that went into effect in the new year is California's two-earbud driving prohibition. While it has long been illegal to drive with headphones that cover your ears, the little buds that are nestled in the ear were excluded from the rule. No more.

Florida Courts Stay Passive Policing Tickets

Florida courts are considering the legality of traffic violations caught on camera and reviewed by contract companies. Hundreds of thousands of tickets are on hold in Miami-Dade and Tampa counties.

The tickets have been repeatedly challenged by defense attorneys arguing that the state improperly delegates police powers, according to the Daily Business Review. In October a judge stayed tickets in Miami-Dade, asking an appellate court to decide whether allowing a private company to review violations caught by a camera counts as legal policing. Tampa, too, has asked its District Court of Appeals to opine on the matter.

Good drivers are always on the lookout for cyclists, and good cyclists always follow the rules of the road. But sometimes those rules aren't obvious.

Like when it comes to groups of riders, are cyclists allowed to ride side by side, or two abreast? Does it matter how fast they're going? Or what kind of road they're on? Bicycle laws can vary by state, so let's take a look:

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