Beware: Student Drivers

by Zachary Jonstun Smith
Staff Reporter

 

High school is full of new drivers. They can be naturals or they take a year or two to get really good at it. Parking is a real issue because students take forever, and they can sometimes take up two or more spaces.

In reality, what teen is good at driving at first? My first year of driving, I got in an accident, and I got a couple of tickets. I almost lost my license. Over time I learned how to be a better driver.

Cole Smith, a senior, said, “I used to be horrible. I ran into a curb one time and broke my car, but eventually I got the hang of it.”

Winter driving is one of the hardest things to do for new drivers, it can be scary.
The main thing about winter driving is to take it slow and always pay attention. Here are some tips for new drivers, though even experienced drivers could use reminders:

  • Front wheel drive cars: whatever you do, if you start to slide, keep your wheels straight and don’t slam on the brakes, because you’ll slide even farther if you do.
  • Rear wheel drive cars: if your back end slides out, don’t panic. Just turn your steering wheel the opposite direction of the way you are sliding and lightly press the brakes and you will be ok.
  • If visibility is low, try to go at least 10 miles an hour under the speed limit so you have more time to stop.
  • Make sure your windshield wiper fluid is full, because most windshield wiper fluids have chemicals to melt ice in them.
  • Make sure you don’t put water in your radiator, because it might freeze. Use antifreeze instead.
  • Keep a scraper in your car to remove snow and ice.

Try to be safe and look out for each other on the road. Winter can be dangerous if you don’t drive smart

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