During one’s high school journey, it is important to have a good mode of transportation, which therefore brings us to our next topic: driving. For most people, you get your permit as a freshmen and start driving as a sophomore. Unfortunately for me, I am super young and therefore will not get my license until junior year, but this has led me to become quite used to getting rides from friends.
While this can be quite convenient, especially when you can’t drive yourself, it’s important to only drive with friends you trust to drive you places. Usually good driving comes with experience, so I make it a habit to only drive with friends that have had their licence for at least 3 months. Safety should always be the first priority, especially while driving with friends, so try to make sure you and the driver are practicing safe habits like wearing g seat belts and not texting (or snapping) while driving. You also want to make sure that you are not being super distracting while driving with them, especially if you are driving with a new driver.
When it comes to getting your own license, don’t wait until the last minute! I speak from personal experience. Since I was late to sign up and take the driver’s education course, I did not finish the course for months, as there is usually a pretty long wait to drive with the actual diving coach which is mandatory in order to complete the class. This then led to me getting my driving permit late and now means that I won’t get my driver’s license until the end of April in 2018. Though this whole process has been a pain, it taught me a valuable lesson to not procrastinate.
In conclusion, driving is important. Whether it’s driving to an exam or to lunch with friends, it is still necessary to have a reliable source of transportation. The best way to do so is to find a friend that lives generally close to you, has a car and is a safe driver. But, if that fails, just always make sure that whoever is behind the wheel is safe and trustworthy (including yourself)!