Editorials, Student Life

Drive safely: Guidelines for keeping your license

According to Traffic Ticket Secrets, Ohio is number one of the 50 states that is most notorious for writing tickets, meaning that students of Ohio high schools should be extra careful when making simple driving errors. With many sophomores, juniors, and seniors getting their licenses and becoming new drivers, there are many likely driving mistakes that can be made amongst the students of McNicholas. Receiving a ticket or two can result in court dates, fines, car payments, and even loss of license.  Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re on the road:

  • Never go more than five miles per hour over the speed limit. If you’re focused on the speed limit and go a few mph over when you’re not paying specific attention to your speedometer, the officer might cut you some slack. Remember the saying “Five your fine, six you’re mine.”
  • Get in the habit of using your turn signal all of the time. You may not think it’s a big deal, but I’ve been pulled over for not using it while switching lanes. So, you can get pulled over for it, and it may cost you a moving violation on your driving record.
  • Don’t allow more than one person per seatbelt in your car. If you’re 16, make sure you follow the “no more than one non-family member in your car at a time” law. It’s not safe, and you can get a ticket for it.
  • Wear your seatbelt. It’s a law that you must wear your seatbelt in the front seat, no matter what age. Even if you’re in the passenger’s seat, you’ll be the one who has to pay the fine for not having your own seatbelt buckled.
  • Don’t wait until the last minute to get gas. Pumping gas can take a while, so if you’re late one day and need to get gas, time’s not exactly on your side.  Plus, if you plan your fill-ups ahead of time, you can get gas on days when it’s cheaper. To see more information about the best times to fill-up, click here.
  • Come to a complete stop at a stop sign.  A rolling stop will never save you any time, so be cautious and do a complete one.
  • Wear the right shoes. Wearing flip-flops, heels, or other improper shoes can cause you to get into an accident. For example, my mom’s flip-flop got stuck in the gas pedal, and she rear ended someone pretty badly. Avoid this type of scenario by going simple, like wearing tennis shoes or flats.
  • Maintain your car. Make sure it always has good windshield wipers, brakes, tires, etc. If these things aren’t properly kept, they can cause you to get into an accident, leaving you with a potential ticket, a damaged car, and possibly injuries to yourself or someone else.

All of these simple tips don’t take much effort and could save you a lot of time, money, and stress in the future. If you want to keep your license, obey the law and practice safe and responsible driving; it’s as simple as that.

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U.S. Representative and U.S. Army Reserves Colonel Brad Wenstrup presents WWII veteran Frank "Bud" Buschmeier with the French Legion of Honor Medal on Nov. 10 during McNicholas's Veterans Day assembly. Following the assembly, McNick hosted its annual Veterans Day Breakfast to thank veterans and active service-members for their service to the United States.

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