It was late at night when the snow started to fall creating whiteout conditions. There is a 90-degree turn in my neighborhood that has a reputation and missing it leads to a 20-ft drop. Many that have gone off the edge have been lucky and straight off. They are then able to drive out when the snow melts. Others are not so lucky. That night I wasn’t one of the lucky ones. I was coming around the corner and couldn’t see the edge of the road. By the time I saw the edge it was too late. I panicked. I jerked my wheels as hard as I could to keep from going off the road but my back tires had already caught. I will never forget the sound of my window shattering by my head as I hit the ground. I blacked out. When I woke up, I was alone in a ditch and had just rolled my car. This really hit me hard. I started to question myself – could I have done something different that night – where did I go wrong? From this accident I learned to grow and be more aware of my surrounding. Today I am still suffering from some of the PTSD. Going through something like this showed me how traumatic and what a told something like this could take on teen drivers. There are many ways to prevent things like this from happening. Being a safer driver and protecting yourself is a great place to start. Another thing teens are notorious for is the fact that they are willing to take more risks then someone who has been driving and has more experience. Not saying this is true in all cases but for most it is. Teens have less experience and do stupid things things. Stop doing stupid things and think about the consequences before acting on your actions.
This is a short essay on my experience of what I went through and how it made me a better driver.