Driving from the view of a freshman

Freshmen year means new drivers on the road.

Grace Mercer, Staff Reporter

A former ninth grader, Kiley Truskey, is very close to getting her learners permit. Yet, this still doesn’t prevent her from having to think about people driving for the wrong reasons while in the wrong state of mind.

Truskey takes an online driving course to get her learner’s permit. Before she could start her online drivers class, she had to take a four hour drug and alcohol test (DATA), also called the Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education course (TLSAE).

“For the test I found it pretty stressful because it’s a big part of growing up, and that’s scary for me. As well as reading everything drugs and alcohol can do, if you do not think first,” Truskey said.

Truskey also stated she was aware of what teens do in this generation. Drinking, texting, or not using their seat belts while driving is often common, not just among teens, but even adults as well. In result of doing these illegal examples, people are most likely going to get pulled over, crash a car, or get injured. Sometimes the car crash can even be fatal.

“Teens ages 16-19 are three times more likely than drivers older than 20 to be involved in a fatal crash (or any crash, for that matter) according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety,” Edmunds, a very well respected car insurance company said.

If involved in an accident, fatal or not, people can have a car insurance agent perfect for an individual. Car accidents require lots of money to pay for the damages on the car and perhaps the victim’s car as well.

To find an agent, people can apply to many well known car companies with good reviews. From online, in person, or references from friends.

Females average insurance rate: 67%
Male average insurance rate: 92%
Average gas prices (in Florida): $2.09