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Sixteen - The Keys To Freedom

Mar 2, 2008
Turning sixteen means the keys to a set of wheels that is what makes it such an important day in most young peoples lives. It is not just the fact of driving, it is the thought of the new found freedom that it brings with it. It is the threshold to a new phase in your life, the stepping stone to independence and the big world out there. It is cutting away from the apron strings. But it is essential to remember that it takes preparation and training. This is when the basics of driving will be ingrained in you and it is far better to start off properly.

Many young people depend on their parents to teach them and this may not be such a good idea. For one thing, personal issues come into play. For another, a parent is not really qualified in the art and science of driving. Bad habits could be passed down without realizing. The parent might have been taught well when he was young but a lot of essential skills could have been left by the wayside over the years. Most parents feel the job is done once their child can start, steer, navigate, brake and park. There is nothing to it! Teach you in a day! How wrong can someone be?

It is best to realize that driver training should be viewed in a serious light and should most definitely be left to the professionals. There are a great many recognized training schools across the country. You will find they usually offer an in-class and on-the-road combination of teaching. On the road, the special training car ensures the trainer has control of the car as well to avoid accidents. Theory in the class is followed up by practical demonstration on the road. The basics of driving etiquette as well as the rules are hammered in. Safe habits are inculcated right in the beginning as it is always difficult to change a bad habit that has set in.

When it is taught officially and formally, driving also becomes a discipline. We need more responsible drivers on our roads. So let us teach them young, to treat the road with care, to treat pedestrians with respect and to treat themselves with discipline. After all, we all know that anyone can drive fast and in a straight line but the burning question is always can you stop the car in an emergency?
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