Driving can be scarier than standardized tests


Driving myself to and from standardized tests should be illegal.

The day starts bright and early at 6:30 when my alarm starts blaring, forcing me to wake up and remember that in a couple hours I will be taking a test that may determine my future.

I start shaking from a mix of nerves and too much caffeine; as I try to hold my steering wheel, I start swerving into the other lane.

If this were any other day, I would immediately regain my attention. I mean, dangerous driving puts my life at stake, right?

But today is different. It’s difficult to regain my attention because what I’m about to do feels more important to making sure I don’t miss my exit on the highway.

On test day, my eyes are on the prize: achieving a 36 (hopefully).

In school, TAG, teachers, and peers talk about the dangers of drunk driving and texting and driving because they are “distractions.”

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.

But my excessive stress and explosion of nerves throw off my driving game as well.

Therefore, I think that students should find a safe ride on exam day because clearly the teenage mind can only focus on one thing at a time.