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The Driver’s Seat: My Driving Story

By: Mason Lipe

There are many rites of passage that teens must go through as they mature into adulthood. An example of this idea
is learning how to drive a vehicle. As someone who, at the time of writing this, has two weeks to go until I become 16, I recently had to learn the “rules of the road.” In order to compare and contrast my driving experiences, I interviewed a couple of students who were also learning how to master their mobiles, as well as the Goreville
Schools driver’s education teacher, Johnie Edwards, whose driver’s education car is seen below. First, I
asked what they enjoyed most about driving. High school sophomore, Brett Ross, told me that he
enjoyed getting to learn more. He also added that he likes having the power to go wherever he wants.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Edwards said, “I really enjoy the individual and one-on-one time with students.” I then asked her about the weaknesses of her student chauffeurs. Edwards told me that she thinks that most
students struggle with how to maintain speed.

Sophomore Jayden Tripp confirmed this when she said, “My biggest challenge is probably speed!” On the flip side, I asked about the students’ strengths. Ross said that his biggest advantage is his ability to listen to directions.

Jayden, however, plainly told me, “I’m good at turns.”

Next, I asked them how many personal hours they have logged. A student needs to get 50 hours to finish the program. Tripp told me that she has driven about 7, while Ross told me that he had 45 to 50 hours already completed. When I asked them where they enjoy driving the most, Edwards told me that she enjoys driving in Marion, and Tripp told me that she enjoys driving in Goreville along the Broadway.

To cap off the interview, I asked them what they foresaw for the future of driving. Ross offered me his predictions: “I can see smaller cars, eco-friendly cars, and faster cars.” However, Edwards had a plethora of predictions: “I see the age limit rising, self-driving cars, eco-friendly cars, and the use cell phones and road construction sites having harsher punishments for lawbreaking”

With all of this in mind, the next time you see the driver’s education car on your way to the grocery store, think about all the work that these young people have put in to be on the road.

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