Jennifer Correa, a driver of 31 years, grew up in a town in Connecticut which rarely had busy roads. Since there weren’t many cars in her neighborhood, she was able to practice more and prepare for the big driving test that she was waiting for.

As students turn 15 years old, most begin to get their learner’s permit at the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles). Soon after they receive their permit, they will most likely practice the basics of driving in an empty parking lot before advancing onto the roads. At this point, these 15 year olds will develop basic driving skills while following safety precautions.

“I grew up in Connecticut a long time ago and did not have to get a permit before getting my license,” Correa said. “I was so excited to get my license and start driving that I was not scared.”

Every person decides to follow driving precautions in their own way with the addition of basic safety rules: do not text while driving, be aware of other drivers and respect the speed limit.

“I practice safety with an experienced driver next to me and with my ‘please be patient, student driver’ sticker in the back,” freshman Stephanie Wall-Perrogon said. 

Getting behind that wheel isn’t a one try and succeed type of thing. Driving has many obstacles that require a lot of work. 

“Switching lanes can be stressful sometimes while checking your blind spots,” Wall-Perrogon said.

The early mornings are when most citizens are still in their homes, which means the roads outside are filled with less cars, allowing younger drivers to practice in a safe environment. 

“I would practice driving in the mornings when there aren’t that many cars on the road,” freshman Isabella Lam said. “I don’t have to worry about too many cars and just focus on the driving rules.” 

Whether the road has traffic or not, Naples High School students should always follow the main safety tips for driving. These will prevent all drivers from getting into car accidents. 

My strongest advice is to stay off your phone especially if you’re texting or changing music on your phone,” senior Kara Colon said. “I know most people are used to hearing this, but it’s crazy how fast an accident can happen when you just look off the road for a second.”