By Whitney, age 16, New Jersey
Drivers Ed. Do you get all nervous when you hear that? Yeah, I know the feeling. Because when you have your license you don't have to have your mom or dad or older brothers or sisters drive you everywhere on their time. But first you have to pass it, and you know what that means - book work and quizzes even to get to the driving part, so it can be stressful.
But here are some suggestions to get through it all:
1. Practice with your parents so you know the material and techniques before exams.
2. When you're practicing, stay calm - don't let the traffic make you intense.
3. When you're driving with the instructor don't play loud music. (I, for one, love to jam to loud music!)
4. Practice driving with your parents on the back roads where there are hardly any cars, so you can take your time and understand the roads better.
5. Make sure you have a sign on your car for other drivers so they know you're a student driver who's practicing.
6. Before you start the car make sure all your mirrors are adjusted so you can see better.
If you don't pass in high school you can go to the YMCA or a driving school, but they are so expensive, costing five hundred dollars or more. So take drivers ed in high school seriously because you only get one shot at this.
When I drove with my instructor I did not like the traffic lights because they would change so fast. So my instructor told me to always slow down when I get to the lights so I wouldn't mess up my brakes. When I first started to drive I would drive so slow!
I have to wait six months until I get the hang of things to drive by myself. I wish the best for you, so you can drive by yourself without parents :] I know I can't wait!