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A Teen Driver’s Thoughts on Driving

teen drivingAs a newly driving teen, I am very excited. I don’t know one teenager who is not looking forward to being able to drive. Driving means more freedom to be able to come and go as I choose, and it means I won’t have to rely on parents anymore to get me places I want to go.

Driving is something I have been waiting for since I was a child. As a kid I thought driving looked so easy; you just had to push down the gas pedal and steer the wheel, simple as that. However, now that I can drive, it is not that simple. Being able to even move the car requires checking the mirrors, making sure everyone has their seat-belt on, putting my foot on the brake, and shifting in the correct gear to get the vehicle to move in the direction I intend. And that’s just to get started!

While driving, I am constantly looking for things that could result in a crash. I’m watching for vehicles turning into my lane and watching for something to run across the road in front of me, and then thinking about how I’d respond. As a new driver, it worries me to think about getting pulled over by the police, so as I drive I think about every single rule I must follow. Most of it is common sense though.

Since I started driving in Minnesota winter, I’ve learned about something called “Black Ice”; something to be aware of in the winter. Black ice is basically a thin layer of ice that looks like the road, but it’s tricky. It is ice that you can’t see and can make driving conditions very slippery in an instant.

Teen Driving Advice: Learn in the Winter

My advice would be to learn how to drive in the winter, because it will make you a smarter and more cautious driver for in the summer when the road conditions are great. Driving is a big responsibility. When I am driving, there is so much I have to think about and I’m always aware that I’m responsible for other people’s lives.

Isabelle, the guest writer, is fifteen years old and has recently received her permit. She is learning to drive a Durango outfitted with TireZoo tires. The tires got a recent check-up at the Bloomington location and have at least 10,000 more miles before the tires need to be replaced. It’s important to teach new drivers about proper vehicle maintenance, safe driving, tire checks, and what to do in the case of an emergency.