I remember when I first got my license. My heart swelled with pride and my face split into a joyful grin. This was my first step in the path to adulthood. I remember laughing in my first car, taking a second to look back at my friends in wild abandon and adoration. After all, how much could one second of inattention matter? I remember checking my phone on the road, quick glances at meaningless jokes that brought a smile to my face and prompted me to respond in the moment. I remember the rush of adrenaline that would pump through my veins in time to blaring music, the feeling spurred on as I drove ten, twenty miles over the speed limit. I remember the rush of air leaving my body, my car in shambles, sirens screaming in the background as they desperately attempted to reach me in time. I remember my mistakes in vivid detail, and now my family is unable to forget the life that would have been spared if I had remembered to drive with care.
This is a poetic piece detailing common driving mistakes made by teenagers. It is told from the point of view of a recently deceased driver, guilty of forgetting the importance of road safety. An irony is presented as she remembers a multitude of carefree moments, but was unable to remember important driving rules while in the car. “Remember” is meant to impact the audience and convince them to drive with care, emphasizing how driving offenses can result in heavy injury or death.