By Falon Veccia '18
On Feb. 27, 2017 the spring session of Driver’s Ed began. This date marks the first day girls would begin to drive.
The spring session holds 42 girls, opposed to the winter session’s group of less than 25 girls. In the car you learn basic driving skills including learning how to brake, accelerate, when to stop, and where to turn. These basics you learn on the very first day of practice.
The route on this first trip is along Shore Road to Xaverian High school. Each girl drives at least 15 minutes a session.
“It makes me feel more prepared for when I drive on my own”, said junior Angela Randazzo. “It gives me the opportunity to ask any questions I might have.”
The whole process begins relatively fast, with actual sessions starting two weeks after the 500 dollars for the class was due.
It begins with setting up your days to drive with an instructor in a car with three to four girls. The representative of Autonautics Driving School conveniently gave girls who lived in Rockaway driving hours from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. once a week on any day from Monday through Friday so they may be able to catch their carpool.
A learner’s permit is not mandatory until the end of the class in order to get your certificate that you’ve completed the class. The certificate also gives you the ability to test for your driver’s license earlier at 17 as opposed to 18 years old.
In Spring there are also better driving conditions. The weather gets better and the sun sets later on in the day where all classes end at 4:45 p.m.
Lectures are given on Wednesdays, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. to further the student driver’s knowledge on the road. The sessions last for four months ending in June.