Young drivers get taste of the highway
Louisiana High School student James Rubino buckles up while preparing to drive. Rubino was one of several local teenagers who attended a summer driver’s education class at the high school.
For many teenagers, sitting behind the wheel of a vehicle is a start of a new chapter in their lives.
However, it can also create much anxiety for parents.
A summer driver’s education class held at Louisiana High School attempts to calm those fears.
The class, taught by Bowling Green resident John Larson for the past 37 years, has been preparing students for the road.
“I enjoy it. It is nice to work with kids,” Larson said.
During the 30-hour class, which covers multiple weeks in June, students spend time in both the classroom and on the road.
Not only do students get a chance to learn about driver’s safety, but upon completing the course they are eligible for an insurance discount.
In the classroom, students study the driver’s manual and watch videos about safe driving skills before going out on the road.
During the driving portion of the class, students learn safe driving and defensive driving techniques as well as vital skills needed to handle a car. Larson also teaches students how to maneuver a car on streets and highways, how to merge with traffic, and the do’s and don’ts of turning and parking.
“I stress the importance to not text or drink while driving,” Larson stated.
Students enrolled in the class include: Tyler Burleson, Holly Hill, James Rubino, Collin Stark and Leah Waddell.
Where the students drive depends on their ability and progression throughout the course. When he feels a student is ready, Larson will allow students to drive to surrounding towns.
Rubino has driven to towns such as Curryville and Paynesville.
“I have improved on my driving,” Rubino said.
Tyler Burleson learned “quite a bit” from taking the course. His favorite part was “trying to parallel park with cones, not cars. “
By Shelby Brown