The radios blaring and you’re answering a text from some group message, you can practically taste the freedom which you have longed for since freshman year as you fly down the open road. Driving is a large responsibility and change to many high school juniors, but are we abusing this privilege? Many students receive their drivers license around the age of 16 which is the peak age in social media and phone usage. This is also known to be one of the busiest and most stressful years of high school. From college talk, to SATs, GPAs, homework, sports, clubs, work, ect. junior year students have a lot on their plates. Before you knew it was happening life is changing right before your eyes, but do you, as a busy student and a new driver, have the mental capacity to hold the trauma a car accident brings? Although you can never truly understand a situation until you’ve experienced it first hand, nobody wants to be involved in a car accident. Not only do they harm you mentally, physically, and academically, they harm your parents financially and could potentially harm complete strangers. Distracted driving is the leading cause of teen accidents and puts everyone on the road, including yourself, in danger. Why jeopardize your plans to achieve a 4.0 GPA or play with your sports team for the state title just to answer that Snapchat or mess with the radio? Imagine your parents thoughts as they get the call saying you were in an accident. Imagine knowing you could have killed yourself or someone else just because your full attention was not on the road. Imagine the sick feeling in your gut as you drive past the accident spot everyday. I have seen how accidents hurt you, your parents, and your community first hand and experienced one myself, and I promise they are never worth answering that text.