Phoebe Duval– Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Many first-time drivers experience the dangers of the road and several Mustangs have interesting stories about their first time behind the wheel.
“One time I was driving to a grocery store in Tennessee and my dad told me to take his car, even though I had never driven it. I didn’t know where I was going and it started pouring. I realized I didn’t know how to turn on the windshield wipers or headlights because my car does that automatically for me. I needed to collect myself, so I pulled into what I thought was someone’s driveway, but it turns out it was actually their lawn. Then, as I was backing out, I hit the stop sign behind me,” said junior Ella Botko.
According to driving-tests.org, “crash risk is highest during the first year that drivers are licensed,”
Sophomore Evelyn Bachman said, “I was driving down the road when all of a sudden, a sandhill crane started walking out on to the road. I had to slam on my brakes to avoid hitting it, but thankfully both the bird and I were safe.”
Teendriversource.org stated, “In 2017, six teens died every day from injuries suffered during motor vehicle crashes.”
Senior Katelynn Coons said, “When I first got my license, I accidentally backed into my friend’s grandmother’s car and dented her car as well as mine.”
The Centers for Disease Control reports that motor vehicle fatalities are the leading cause of death among teens in the U.S., accounting for more than one-third of all teenage deaths.
LRHS drivers education teacher Thomas Wyar said, “The biggest piece of advice I can offer to first-time drivers is don’t speed because you’ll get tickets and your insurance will go through the roof, limit how many passengers you have in your car because they can lead to distractions, and always stay focused on watching the road.”