New driver learns the ropes
Casey Hill, a Carson High School junior, recently turned 16. As a newly licensed driver, Casey is experiencing what it takes to be a financially responsible driver as well as a student.
Were you prepared for the costs associated with being a teenage driver?
No. It was more than I thought because of the cost of gas. Because there’s insurance, gas, cost of license and vehicle maintenance.
How much studying did you do prior to applying for your license?
I skimmed through the booklet. My dad’s pretty much taught me everything.
How many times did you take the written test?
What did you learn from them?
After not getting it the first time, I read the booklet and thought it would have been easier to pass had I read more of it.
Do you practice safe driving?
I do try to be a safe driver. I wear my seat belt, don’t speed and pay attention to the road.
Do you have an agreement with your parent(s) on keeping a certain grade-point average, or you could lose your driving privileges?
Yes. I have to keep a C average and get a job. And help pay my own car expenses. And, I’m going out for the wrestling team so I have to maintain a good grade-point average.
Are you prepared for winter driving conditions?
I did a lot of driving in winter last year with my dad. He took me out in his truck when we had the opportunity, most of the time. He talked about getting a Jeep this year for me because my car’s not that good for driving on snow and ice.