More Student Drivers Are On The Road

You may have already noticed – but there are several new teenagers on the road getting behind the wheel for the first time.

Alexus Arthur did a ride along with two students who learned how to drive outside their small town.

Alison Betz and Mackenzie Fuller are from Garrison and both of them are getting the chance to drive for hours in a bigger city.

“It’s different. You go faster, there’s more people, it’s a little bit overwhelming but you get over it,” said Alison Betz, 14 Years Old.

“So many people. I feel like I’m going to run into them,” said Mackenzie Fuller, 14 Years Old.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation says that this is the busiest time of year for people to get their license but there’s a lot of practice that goes in before you’re allowed to be on your own.

“It’s going to be really cool because that way I can go places that I want to and not have to ask my mom to drive me everywhere,” said Fuller.

When students learn to drive, there are several skills to go over. They drive through residential areas, the highway, and other busy city roads and then they have to parallel park.

“The parallel parking is hard but I mean I think it’s hard for everyone,” said Betz.

The drivers education instructor says that experienced drivers should have patience and be understanding.

“Just give us little room and we’re here to learn to become a better driver,” said Lori Smith, Drivers Education Instructor.

There might be a few bumps along the way but by the end of the day Alison and Mackenzie have become better drivers on our North Dakota roads.

In the state, you can earn a learners permit when you’re 14 years old and you must hold your permit for at least 1 year before getting your license.

If you get your permit at 16 or 17, you only need it for six months.

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