Tips from a teen on driving safely through the year

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By The Staff

Maybe I have no right to tell people about how they should drive their car.  After all, I am only 17.  

On a daily basis, my route may take me on unoccupied back roads to the woods or to the river, through the basic small town traffic of Chiefland or possibly the congested highways to Gainesville and Tallahassee.

I typically drive myself to and from school five times a week and to my job in Cedar Key or Fowler’s Bluff three to five times a week.  I may also drive to Gainesville two or three times a month and to Tallahassee once every couple of months. This being said, I easily drive at least a hundred miles a week.

Wherever I’m going, I normally find that I’m driving on 55 mph, two-lane roads that are bordered by trees.  Becoming distracted for even an instant can cause a single-car accident.  Although I have only been on America’s roads for a little over a year, I think I know a thing or two about driving safely, considering that throughout my year of driving, I have maintained a perfect driving record.

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