Teen Essay (Musings of a Beaverton Teen): Driving tips from a teen learning to drive
By Kili Garcia (10th Grader)
I’m currently learning how to drive and let’s just say it’s not the easiest thing in the world. Though I turned 15 in July, I’d been putting off getting my permit for a while because I was nervous for the test. I finally decided to study and just take it the next day. Even though a lot of the questions were common sense, I still got a few wrong. After passing the test and finally getting my permit, I wanted to drive EVERYWHERE!
Tip 1: Remove Distractions
On the road, I see a lot of people on their phones while driving. You know how dangerous that is. But I’ve discovered something that helps me avoid the temptation. I put my phone in the backseat so that I can’t check it while driving, even subconsciously or out of habit. It’s always better to be too safe than not safe enough, especially when you are a new driver!!
Tip 2: Be Aware
I’ve also noticed that it’s tough to always be aware of your surroundings. A lot of times, I’m so focused on staying in between the lines that I forget to be constantly looking out for bikes or animals. I think that as I become more comfortable with driving, I’ll be able to relax and pay more attention to what’s going on around me. That being said, drivers should always be aware of the things outside their car to avoid any accidents or injuries.
Tip 3: Be Patient
Finally, if you’re a new driver, I wanted to let you know to be patient. You’ll eventually get the hang of it, and the more you practice the better you get. Also, if you already have your license, be forgiving with new drivers! We’re trying our best, and everyone has to start somewhere.
Kili is a sophomore at Mountainside High School. She loves singing, playing piano and ukulele, and also running track and field.