Opinion by J1 reporter Madison Bezousek
Driving can be every teenagers dream or nightmare. I am a 16-year-old that loves driving and have been waiting to turn 16 since I was 6. If you aren’t a huge fan of driving or if you are dreading turning the big 1-6, I have some tips for you to be a safe and confident driver wherever you are driving in Omaha.
For starters, take Driver’s Ed seriously. I know that these may feel like the worst days of your life and some situations they touch on seem unreal, but while driving you never want to be put in a situation of panic because you don’t know what to do. When I was taking Driver’s Ed I had to take my driving test on a snow day and the Dodge Dart I drove slid on black ice. I am glad I had this experience with a professional driver and not alone. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask a parent, friend, or google is great, too. Google has all of the answers. But don’t google while driving.
Driving is 75 percent confidence. If you are not confident or you are scared, you aren’t going to drive as well as you can. You are the one driving, so follow the rules and be confident in yourself. Know everything about your car. If you know the size of your car, it will help you gauge the space needed to change lanes merge and park. If you know the features of your car, it will prevent you from panicking when you have to use your windshield wipers, low-beam headlights, emergency flashers, or anything you might not use on an everyday basis.
Don’t stress. Don’t put yourself in a stressful situation, nothing is worse for a new driver. If there is too much traffic, take an alternate route. If parking is a bear, park and walk, exercise is good. Give yourself plenty of time for traffic. Move with the flow of traffic, don’t make unnecessary stops just because you see brake lights. Stay at a comfortable distance behind the car in front of you. Don’t ride the bumper of the car in front of you, it’s not going to get you to your destination any faster. Also, you never know when the car in front of you is going to make a sudden stop. When stopping at a stop light, make sure you can see the spot where the tires of the car in front of you touches the pavement. It would really stink if you get a ticket because you are rear-ended and pushed into the car in front of you.
That’s all my driving wisdom for now. For the sake of yourself, friends, family, and other drivers, drive safely and responsibility. The smallest of driving errors can have large repercussions. Abide by the rules and enjoy driving.