By Rosie P.
I have a provisional license, so I’m allowed to drive on highways, but the thought of merging into fast-moving traffic, dealing with huge tractor trailers, missing my exit or changing lanes at 100 kph (60 MPH) scared me. So I avoided the freeways and took the long, scenic routes instead.
I’d planned to take my first spin on the highway with a professional driving instructor, once I’d gotten my courage up - but that’s not how it turned out.
The other night, I found myself in a tough position. My designated driver couldn’t resist having some drinks and I ended up far from home without a safe drive home. I was in a rush to get home so I didn’t see too many options. Since I was sober, I took the keys, loaded him into the passenger seat and headed for the highway because I didn’t have time to take the back roads that night.
Fortunately, there wasn’t a lot of traffic early Saturday morning. I merged carefully and checked my mirrors and blind spots very often. I tried to stay in the right-hand lane with the slower moving traffic and I got us home in one piece.
Once I was home I couldn’t believe I had actually done it! First - I was elated because I’d conquered my fear. Then I realized I’d put myself and my friend in jeopardy by driving on the highway without a sober co-driver the first time to be my coach and a ‘second set of eyes’ on the road.. I’m arranging with my Dad to get some extra practice and then I’ll be ready to take the highway on a daily basis.
Highways are a dangerous place to be. Plan ahead so you don’t put yourself in an unsafe position like I did! I was lucky – but you never know…