The en­tire foot­ball team saw me drive into a light pole!

J-14 - - Fun -

I was so ex­cited to turn 15 be­cause that meant I could fi­nally sign up for Driver’s Ed­u­ca­tion at school! Since I prac­ticed with my dad a few times, I felt com­fort­able on the first day of class, and my teacher even com­pli­mented me on how calm I seemed.

The only thing that I needed help with was pulling into a park­ing spot. While my dad had tried help­ing me on that, I still couldn’t get the hang of stay­ing in the lines. Af­ter driv­ing around with the in­struc­tor for a half hour, he told me to go back to the school so we could prac­tice park­ing. “Great,” I thought, hop­ing it wouldn’t be a to­tal dis­as­ter. As soon as I pulled in, I saw the en­tire foot­ball team wait­ing for their bus to come. “Don’t pay at­ten­tion to them!” my in­struc­tor said. “Just fo­cus on this.” Feel­ing all the eyes on me, I took a deep breath and just de­cided to go for it. As I glided into the spot, I got ner­vous and con­fused my­self — hit­ting the gas in­stead of the brake to slow down. “Stop!” my in­struc­tor screamed. “Hit the brakes!” But it was too late ... within sec­onds, the car hit right into a nearby light pole, bring­ing us to a com­plete stop. “Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry!” I said, try­ing to process what just hap­pened.

The in­struc­tor got out, yelling about the dam­age while the foot­ball play­ers laughed! — Lau­ren, FL

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