A Personal Request for Safe Driving

in category of Opinions, Abby Lee Hood


Guys, I’m not proud to say this, but I have a court date coming up.

I didn’t kill anybody! Before you start speculating, but I got a speeding ticket, and didn’t have my updated proof of insurance, nor did I have registration on me. You can imagine how much money I owe The Establishment. And while I hate writing this for everyone to see, I have an important point to make. Teenagers are, for the most part, horrific drivers. I myself am among them. It’s an issue I feel strongly about, because I recently lost a very close friend of mine in a car accident. He was an amazing boy, and while nobody can ever be one hundred percent sure of the details of the wreck, it’s obvious that something went wrong.

I’d like all of you to remain safe; I know I speak for the entirety of SQ when I say that, and so on my friend’s behalf, I’d like to help you stay safe while on the road. Here are some tips to make us all better drivers. And if you’re already an exemplary driver, how about giving the rest of us a hand!

1.       No cruise control! For teens, it’s best not to use this option. Here’s a perfect reason why. My friend and I were driving home from Nashville last summer, and the driver put on cruise control. Since I was tired, I decided to take a nap during the drive. Unfortunately, so did the driver. He fell asleep behind the wheel. We hit a man riding his bicycle at 60 MPH. I can honestly say it was one of the most horrific days of my lifetime; possibly the worst. And while I can never tell how truly penitent, sorry, and unhappy I am about the accident, I can help others from falling victim to the same thing. So when you’re making long drives, don’t use cruise control! It requires less concentration, so you’re more likely to become distracted...or sleepy. Please remain in complete control of your vehicle at all times, even if it may seem more convenient to use that feature.

2.       Headlights – We all have our proverbial sayings and swear words to use for people who “high beam” us, but in all honesty, it’s a really bad idea not to dim your lights. I mean, obviously, it’s in the permit books, but drivers don’t pay much heed to this rule sometimes. High-beaming someone can cause them to veer off the road, lose control of the vehicle, and even hit you! So be a dear and dim your lights.

3.       Update your license – This isn’t a safety precaution so much as it is a basic process we forget to do. But if you’re pulled over, and your license isn’t updated, you could get into some trouble! So remember to do that, please.

4.       Wear your seatbelt – One of the more obvious things, I know, but people are hurt or killed every day because they’re not wearing their seatbelts. Please do, because I know the world would hate to lose you! Make your friends buckle up too; you can get a ticket if they don’t! (And for you as well!)

These are only a few basic tips on safe driving. I could list many more, but it’d take me all day. So I’ll leave you with a few parting remarks.

  • Don’t drive when you’re upset; this isn’t a chick flick and it won’t look romantic, so don’t do it.
  • Always wear glasses or contacts while driving if you need them.
  • If you have any more questions, visit carsafe.org the Carsafe website, or pick up a copy of your state’s license/permit handbooks. Please, drive safely on the roads. I’ve seen the effects of unsafe driving far too many times to only be eighteen years old. Oh, and wish me luck in court! I hope I don’t have to go to driving school.


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