Vampires are Immortal, You’re Not!
Vampires are Immortal, You’re Not! A Choose Your Own Adventure Essay You’re finally 15 years old, and that means eligible for driver’s education class. You and your parents must decide which class you’ll attend. Do you take the traditional driver’s educational class, and complete it in 3 weeks? This includes class instruction plus 6 hours of driving practice. See paragraph A. Or, do you take the new driver’s education class? The new driver’s education classes includes the traditional 3 weeks of instruction, 6 hours of driving practice plus 3 additional weeks volunteering in the nearest level 1 trauma hospitals’ emergency room and ICU? See paragraph B. A. Congratulations! You completed your traditional driver’s education class and are now 16 years old with a valid driver’s license. You’re looking in the mirror, adding some theatrical blood drops to your chin. This Halloween party is going to be epic, and having Emily dress in a matching vampire costume was definitely the right choice. You grab your wallet and jump in the car, heading out to pick up Emily. Halfway to her house, you hear a familiar chime. It’s a text from Emily. You consider your options. You know you’re not supposed to use your phone when driving, they taught you that in class and your parents talk about distracted driving all the time,,,,, but the speed limit is only 35mph and it will only take a second to read….. You glance down to read Emily’s text. You feel and hear the thud. When you jump out of the car, you see a small boy and his bicycle lying in front of your car. He’s not answering you. You race back to the driver’s seat to find your cell phone and dial 911. B. Congratulations! You’ve completed your driver’s educational classes. It took a few weeks longer because of the volunteering. You’re now 16 years old with a valid driver’s license. You’re looking in the mirror, adding some theatrical blood drops to your chin. This Halloween party is going to be epic, and having Emily dress in a matching vampire costume was definitely the right choice. You grab your wallet and jump in the car, heading out to pick up Emily. Halfway to her house, you hear a familiar chime. It’s a text from Emily. You consider your options. You’re driving slowly; only 35 mph and it should just take a second to glance down. Then you remember the baby in the emergency room, brought in from a car crash. The baby had to be pried from a crushed car seat and barely survived the accident. You decide to wait to read the text. Seconds later, a young boy rides his bicycle directly in front of your car. You slam on the brakes and narrowly miss hitting him. You pick up Emily (she makes a stellar vampire, btw) and tell her the story on the way to the Halloween party. Conclusion: Teenagers have a tendency to feel immortal and invincible. Adding a period of time to spend volunteering in a hospital setting to the existing instructional driver’s education classes would give teens some of what they’re lacking; life experience and perspective. Having a first-hand encounter with the injuries and outcomes of car accidents will have a much larger impact on reducing teenage distracted driving than the customary classes in practice today. Teens need more than just a picture to make a lasting impression. They need to be involved in a first-hand encounter to remind them what’s at stake when they get behind the wheel to drive.