September 16, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Inside Driver’s Ed


In life, as we all know, there are necessary evils that we must brave in order to reach the independent world of adulthood.  One is the tiring monotony of learning to drive a car, and to do this, you must take Driver’s Ed.  It is a well known fact that no one wants to sit in a stuffy, often too warm class room and learn about traffic signs three times a week for two hours in a row.  If my readers are under the impression that they will enjoy the class, as I was in the beginning, their excitement for crossing this stepping stone will quickly run out.  Our teacher, John, states that Driver’s Ed is the best way to learn to drive because you have the best of both worlds: a safe driving experience as well as a friendly class room environment.  I believe that his view is correct, however this class is proving to be a true test of mental endurance.  Staying conscious is impossible without the help of junk food or caffeine, sometimes a combination of both, and even then it is a challenge not to doze every once in a while.  The homework is easy, but it’s at the end of a long list of things to do during the school week, and who wants to spend precious weekend time reading about traffic laws?  Try as we might, the work is taxing on our teenage minds and beyond our short attention spans.  Procrastinating seems to be the only option left to us.  On the other end of the spectrum, the actual driving part of the course is nerve-wracking. It forces you to maintain focus, whether you have the capacity for it or not.  It might seem easy to turn the way your blinker indicates, stay in your lane and not drift out into on coming traffic, and keep the speed at a daring twenty five, but in actuality, it is incredibly complicated.  Fortunately for all of us taking the class, we have crossed the halfway mark and are now on the home stretch.  Driving comes more naturally every day, and come the end of November our teachers will have one more reason to worry about us, only this time it won’t be about grades.

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