Rolling the Dice
In many board games, the players have to roll the dice in order to make their next move. Monopoly is an example of such a game; if you roll a two, you move two places, and so on. The game, however, doesn’t depend on how far you move. Getting a six doesn’t guarantee you a good spot to land on, and getting a one might mean you’re now a new business owner. In every roll of the dice, there is a risk. Similarly, a lot of the things you do in life are also risks, like asking your crush out to the dance. Driving is also a big risk that people take everyday. According to statistics, about 11 teens die every day in collisions, and 4000 teens lose their lives in crashes each year. It’s scary to think that every time you drive to school, you could become part of the statistic. However, there are things you can do to reduce your risk of facing those tragic situations. One, you can make the choice to put your phone down. Phones are a big distraction that cause drivers to take their eyes off the road and get into collisions. Your life goes first- whoever called or texted you can wait until later. Two, make sure that you wear a seatbelt every time you are in a vehicle. Three, do not drive if you have consumed alcohol or have recently taken medicine or drugs. Those substances can substantially reduce your ability to concentrate on the roads. Las but not least, make sure everyone around you knows about the risk-reducing strategies, and regularly remind them about it. If you see your parents pick up the phone while driving, stop them right away. This way, not only you and your family, but also everyone who are on the road can stay safe. Every time you don’t follow these strategies, you are rolling a dangerous dice. Remember, driving is not a board game, it’s the real world. There are real consequences to taking risks. Do not roll the dice to take unnecessary risks on your life and other people’s lives while driving.